Team HeatSpring

Experts

Experts who are willing and able to share their knowledge are the true core of HeatSpring. Both our platform and business model are built around these experts who in many cases have devoted their working lives to crafting and honing their expertise. We love being able to help experts transfer that knowledge to anyone who might be interested to learn. We have also been thrilled to find that there are many eager learners seeking this high quality technical knowledge and willing to embark on the journey of developing their own expertise.

Founder Profiles

Brian Hayden

Brian Hayden

Works with our instructors, students, and partners to help create new courses and new opportunities for education. Brian loves helping entrepreneurs and companies be more successful and teaches at the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE). He lives with his family in Ann Arbor Michigan and has founded several brands including HeatSpring, ShapeLog, and Redesigning the End.

Duncan Miller

Duncan Miller

Works with our instructors, students, and partners to continuously improve our ability to deliver high quality education. He is the lead Ruby web-developer for HeatSpring's education platform and lives and works in Portland Oregon. Duncan studied finance and computer science at UMass Amherst and entrepreneurship at Babson College (MBA). He loves planting and caring for trees and he volunteers with Friends of Trees as well as Mt. Tabor.

Founding Story

Duncan Miller and Brian Hayden officially formed HeatSpring LLC in January 2007 in a MBA class at Babson College.

Duncan and Brian began developing a business plan at Babson in 2006 and recruited other teammates to use their business idea for group projects in various courses.

The first version of the HeatSpring business plan was for a geothermal installation and design business, a particularly hot market at the time in 2006. A key instructor and advisor Bob Caspe encouraged the team to have awareness of the big picture of the whole long-term opportunity ahead and to rethink the model. With Bob's help and the help of their fellow classmates, Brian and Duncan used an analytical approach to evaluate different business models which the team could realistically implement to help those installers and businesses succeed, rather than compete with them.

Brian and Duncan formed HeatSpring soon after and Brian found and recruited HeatSpring's first expert Dr. Charles Remund who developed and taught a course for geothermal drillers and installers in a classroom the young company rented from Babson. Dr. Remund still teaches several courses with HeatSpring and the upgrade from a physical classroom to a digital one has enabled him and many other experts like him to share their valuable information with tens of thousands of building professionals all over the world.

Impact

1,083,690 assignments completed.

If there is one thing I have learned, its that starting and running a business involves way more hard work for way lower pay than I imagined. Why do this? One reason: Impact. We get to work with industries and people aligned with our personal philosophies. We believe we can provide the greatest impact by helping people in those industries be more successful. We can have the greatest impact on the future of the world if we can help those people who are working to make the world better. We run this business with utmost integrity, honesty and respect for you and all of our stakeholders including future generations. - Duncan Miller