Smarter by Design

Our Team

Founded: 2012 | 11-50 Employees

Offices: Toronto, Shenzhen, Paris

Together with its global team of creative problem-solvers, Nanoleaf is ushering in a new era of beautifully personalized lighting experiences. This brave new world extends far beyond the lightbulb and into a new reality where lighting transforms to meet your needs for every moment of every day. Every product created by Nanoleaf embodies our philosophy of ‘Smarter by Design.’

Our Team

Founded: 2012 | 11-50 Employees

Offices: Toronto, Shenzhen, Paris

Together with its global team of creative problem-solvers, Nanoleaf is ushering in a new era of beautifully personalized lighting experiences. This brave new world extends far beyond the lightbulb and into a new reality where lighting transforms to meet your needs for every moment of every day. Every product created by Nanoleaf embodies our philosophy of ‘Smarter by Design.’

Our Founders

Tom Ridinger

CTO

Tom is our ingenious scientist and engineer, the brains behind our innovations. 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 Chu

CEO

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, and a fluffy Siberian Cat named Kitty, who are his biggest fans.

Christian Yan

COO

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 Founders

Tom Ridinger

CTO

Tom is our ingenious scientist and engineer, the brains behind our innovations. 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 Chu

CEO

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, and a fluffy Siberian Cat named Kitty, who are his biggest fans.

Christian Yan

COO

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 Founders

Tom Ridinger

CTO

Tom is our ingenious scientist and engineer, the brains behind our innovations. 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 Chu

CEO

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, and a fluffy Siberian Cat named Kitty, who are his biggest fans.

Christian Yan

COO

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 Beginning

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. 2016 was a major milestone, we began to tackle creating smart home lighting that would be efficient and desirable, winning the CES innovation awards with our Nanoleaf Light Panels. With time, our unique products have grown in number and depth, just like our team. We’ve gone from a 4 people office space in the MaRS Discovery District 5 years go, to now comfortably situated in our cozy headquarters under the watchful gaze of CN Tower in the heart of downtown Toronto, with supporting offices in Shenzhen and Paris.

Our Mission

Be Unique.

Improve Planet Sustainability.

Build Business Sustainability.

Nanoleaf is a pioneer and never intends to follow others. If someone else in the world is making something, we will not make the same thing. We believe that people should work together to push the boundaries of technology and design as they exist today.

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