What Does “IVANI” Mean?

As part of our company’s genesis, we thought long and hard about what our name should be.  We believe that fun is a very important part of our culture as well as the innovative process.  One of our team members loves word games and anagrams.   After many fun options relating to innovation (our favorite subject), he came up with “IVANI“.


“What if we take out everything that is negative in innovation?” he asked.  “What if we remove the words ‘no‘ and ‘not‘ from innovation?”  So, by removing the letters “n-o” and “n-o-t” from innovation and then shifting a few letters, voila! Ivani it is.

Meet Our Team

At Ivani, we provide the world with innovative solutions to foster everyday sustainability. We believe in syncing technology with daily life and delivering energy efficiency to the world. We are a passionate group of dreamers and doers with a track record of industry-shifting patents and accomplishments.


Herb is the surprise spice in this recipe.  Herb’s background of overcoming the “Cannots” and the “No Ways” provides the team with frequent opportunities needing innovative solutions.  An entrepreneur at heart, Herb’s years of unique solutions have been welcomed by thousands of distributors and their mutual customers. He takes every opportunity to add humor to the mix to ensure that fun accompanies every innovation.


Matt specializes in creating quick turnaround innovative solutions to real problems using systems engineering. An engineer at heart, he has an ever-growing list of granted and pending patents. He holds his ASEP certification from INCOSE, Associate TRIZ certification from the Altshuller Institute, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and MBA from Walden University.

Justin McKinney

Justin is a mighty fan of other Ivanians and he loves to talk with customers and potential collaborators. He has his Executive MBA from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, and has been in various executive roles over the last 15 years.  Justin has managed collaborative innovation efforts with user groups, key customers, and professor and student teams at some of the top engineering schools in America.


John is an experienced, degreed, technical leader, with many years in corporate America as a senior executive. At heart, his passion is as a practicing, hands on innovative engineer, committed to finding innovative solutions to real world problems. John has a plethora of patents and was recognized as Missouri Inventor of the Year for 1999. He serves as the team’s grizzled older kid.

Chris Nissman

Chris creates solutions that work, generally unaccompanied by buzzwords.  Also a man of patents and a graduate with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, circumstantial evidence suggests that he has collaborated with Matt prior to this.  A developer and organizer, he takes ideas (and outright messes) then techno-magically generates working prototypes.


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.”  Boris is an unreasonable man using his talents at an unreasonable company. He’s a born engineer who officialized his profession at the Franklin W. Olin College of engineering. Boris is at home herding electrons, championing documentation, questioning everything, and routinely re-engineering engineering processes


Zhen comes to Ivani with great zeal for electrical engineering and uses this to create cutting edge, benefits-laden products.  Zhen earned his EE degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and then decided to inflict more pain upon himself and achieved his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. In his spare time, Zhen designs smart home networks, and hangs out with his dog and cat, Arthur and Jim Bob respectively. 


Matt’s passion is driving development through the creative application of software and puns. Not afraid of a challenge, Matt thrives in the quest for solutions to real-world problems. He holds a B.S. in Robotics from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, although he continues to grab every opportunity to learn. Outside of work, he can be found rooting for the Cardinals and attempting to juggle his many hobbies.


Saarth, a firm believer in collaboration and the power of great minds working together, is passionate about solving real world problems through the intersection of technology and people. A graduate of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Saarth is an aspiring entrepreneur and therefore treats every moment as a learning opportunity. During his free time, Saarth enjoys traveling, photography, and binge watching t.v. shows.


Achintya simply put makes data tell meaningful stories. As our resident data engineer, his focus is in building machines which can solve problems that humans can’t. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. When he isn’t working he can be found playing competitive esports and debating on the intricacies of various sci-fi and fantasy novels.

When Swapneel dives into a coding problem, he approaches it from multiple unique perspectives that often produce surprising results.  Swapneel earned his masters degree from California State University, bringing the California spirit to Ivani in a wave of well-constructed software & firmware solutions.  In his spare time, you will find him enjoying nature, learning about new technology and playing video games.