Making every building efficient and comfortable

No one is paying any attention to light commercial HVAC. Despite representing 85% of US commercial square footage, only 16% of HVAC research focuses on light commercial.
We are on a mission to change this. We have built Monaire to specifically address the needs of light commercial HVAC.

Our leadership team

Chad Laurans

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    Engineering & Development
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    Founder & Chairman of SimpliSafe

Chad founded and ran SimpliSafe as CEO for nearly 14 years, growing the company into one of the largest Home Security providers in the country. Today the company protects millions of people with a team of over 1000 employees and tens of millions of connected devices that operate 24/7/365. An electrical engineer by training, Chad personally architected and designed significant portions of the SimpliSafe devices and backend systems.
In addition to building Monaire, Chad currently serves as the Chairman of SimpliSafe’s Board.

Nish Kanapilly

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    Sales & Operations
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    Former Mid-West Sales Leader, Trane HVAC Technologies

Nishant has over 16 years of experience building and scaling various types of businesses in the HVAC industry and is passionate about improving efficiency in buildings.
A mechanical engineer and MBA by training, Nishant has primarily focused on sales strategy development and implementation. He has received numerous sales and leadership awards for successfully expanding company market share, revenue, and profit. He is also a regular presenter at local and national conferences.
He has held high-level positions at several top HVAC corporations, most recently he was Sales Leader at Trane Technologies.

Rahul Subramany

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    Product & Marketing
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    Snr. Director of Product, SimpliSafe

Rahul was an early Product hire at SimpliSafe and worked with Chad to help turn SimpliSafe into one of the largest home security providers in the country.
A control systems engineer by training, Rahul has built sensors, wireless communication systems, apps and AI solutions that are used by thousands of businesses world wide. Rahul is a passionate inventor with over 10 patents and 200+ citations to his name.
In addition to building Monaire, Rahul serves as Snr. Director of Product at SimpliSafe.

Lawren Tilney

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    Strategy & Finance
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    Former Equity `Associate at Crestview Partners

Lawren leads strategy and finance for Monaire. She has extensive experience in strategy and operations management across large corporations and technology startups, as well as finance experience at Crestview Partners, a middle-market private equity firm investing in energy, industrials, media, and financial services.

Backed by our good friends at Workshop

Workshop is a venture studio designed to rapidly build innovative and impactful startups.  We work alongside founders during the early stages of company building, investing pre-seed and seed capital.