Smarter by Design
The Elder Leafs
Tom is our ingenious scientist and engineer, the brains behind our innovation bravado. Other than saving the world one invention at a time, he enjoys escaping to the great outdoors. He’s a rock climbing aficionado, with a passion for science and technology.
Gimmy is our business development extraordinaire, the planner and schemer of the company. When he’s not busy strategizing, he finds himself on a surfboard, enjoying the vast open waters. He also has an adorable Jack Russell named Cookie, who is his biggest fan. And it’s pronounced Jimmy, not gimmee.
Christian Yan is our operations mastermind, the man that keeps the wheels turning. Aside from wooing suppliers into joining our cause, he also has a knack for inducing laughter. Snowboard, wakeboard, or keyboard… you name a board, and he’s an expert.
Our story begins with three adventure-seeking, life-loving dream chasers who yearned to make an impact on the world. The three founders of Nanoleaf met while building a solar-powered car for the University of Toronto’s World Solar Challenge team, and reunited years later to collaborate on what became our first consumer product.
That first product was launched on Kickstarter in 2012. Originally called the NanoLight, it was the first consumer lightbulb to deconstruct and reimagine a tired design aesthetic. At 133 lumens per watt, it was also the most energy efficient lightbulb in the world—going on to win multiple design and efficiency awards through 2015 as the Nanoleaf One.
Our unique products have grown in number and depth, just like our team. Nanoleaf outgrew its shared office space in the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, Canada, and now has a cozy home under the watchful gaze of the CN Tower. The new offices are above both a coffee shop and a pub; and yes, that decision was very popular with the team.