Soil IQ / Edyn Garden Co-Founder. Invented a solar-powered, wifi-connected garden sensor funded by Y Combinator, Yves Behar, Flextronics, etc.

Shop-In-A-Box Inventor. I've designed and deployed a shipping-container-based, off-grid-capable, open-source factory.

Re:char: CTO. Sequestered carbon and improved yields on farms in Western Kenya by selling farmers a novel, affordable biochar kiln

Wetique: Co-founder. Built first site to rate your friends and receive better recommendations

Dirtnail Pedicab: Founder. Designed, built, and operated a fleet of 25 bicycle taxis

Make Magazine: Wrote about sustainability for Make's blog

Garduino: Inventor of an automated garden controller

Bazaarvoice: Partnerships director; focused on strategic integrations


I've traveled extensively (every continent but Antarctica) and written a book about my adventures thus far.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trips:


  • UPenn Wharton'05 cum laude. Concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems.
  • Oldest of 5 children
  • Avid cyclist (steel, distance)
  • Philosophy: act utilitarianism
  • Funniest thing I have ever seen: a potato I shot 50 yards straight into the air landing squarely on my uncle's upturned face
  • Food: spicy, lots
  • Beer: dark, strong
  • Frequent runner (runnee?) of Puck, my big red dog


current foci

Y Combinator

I help hardware startups make things people want faster and better than ever before.

Fortunately, our alumni have founded some of the most innovative startups of the last decade; I rely heavily upon them.
Making something interesting? Please show it to me.


I invented a plug-and-play gardener: connect growerbot, and your garden takes care of itself.

growerbot will also update your friends on what you're growing. Like Farmville, but in the real world and actually useful:)
Thanks to a successful kickstarter, you can order growerbot here!


With the artistic guidance, mad skillz, and inaccurate measurement of Heather Stewart, we build off-grid, open-source tiny houses out of used shipping containers.
In addition to custom orders, we might have room for you at our extralegal West Oakland colony:)


Luke Iseman | 

someday definitely



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tall/long bike

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