Our Story

Brian Hayden and Duncan Miller founded HeatSpring in January 2007 in a MBA class at Babson College. The Babson admissions application asked: "What business opportunity is most likely to grow over the next 20 years?". Duncan wrote about disruptive technologies in clean energy and energy efficiency. He detailed a 20-year forecast for clean tech, against a backdrop where fossil fuels would experience price volatility and increasing scarcity as well as exposure to carbon tax and greening consumer behavior. He began developing a business plan and recruiting teammates in 2006. Brian and Duncan partnered and formed HeatSpring, then found their first expert Dr. Charles Remund who developed and taught a course for geothermal drillers and installers in a classroom the company rented from Babson. Dr. Remund still teaches several courses with HeatSpring and our upgrade from a physical classroom to a digital one has enabled his valuable information reach thousands of building professionals all over the world.

Founder Profiles

Duncan Miller

Duncan Miller

Works with our instructors, students, and partners to continuously improve our ability to deliver high quality education. He is a self-taught programmer and is the lead Ruby developer for HeatSpring's education platform. He heads day-to-day operations at the company in Portland Oregon. He studied finance at UMass Amherst and entrepreneurship at Babson College (MBA).

Duncan is also an arborist and writer and volunteers with Friends of Trees and Friends of Mt. Tabor.

Brian Hayden

Brian Hayden

Works to increase HeatSpring membership and develop new content for our members. He lives in Ann Arbor Michigan where he is the CEO of ShapeLog. Brian loves helping entrepreneurs be more successful and teaches at the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE).

Our Stakeholders and Advisors

None of this would be possible without their help. Our expert instructors, who in many cases have devoted their working lives to crafting and honing a specialized skill. Our whole business is based around that work having previously been performed and perfected by those instructors. Our students or as we like say 'experts in training'. Working to improve both their own lives and the lives of those around them. Our employees, contractors, publishers, industry associations, leaders. Pioneers in new technology, innovators, inventors and scholars. The internet. You.

Why HeatSpring

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 ever imagined. Why do this to myself? One reason: Impact. I love that I get to work with industries and people aligned with my personal philosophies. I believe I can provide the greatest impact by helping people in those industries be more successful. Energy consumption from buildings makes up a significant portion of our global energy usage. I think my life and my work can have the greatest impact on the future of the world if I can help those people who are working to make the world better. Specifically by creating innovative ways to help you. Yes if you are reading this page, then I'm trying to help you. I help professionals with years of experience learn something new. I help newcomers take their first step in a big new world. I help experts unpack their vast knwoledge and break it down in a way they can share it with others. I help people unlock their value to the world so we don't waste time re-solving all the same problems. I take honor in helping you and I run this business with utmost integrity, honesty and respect for you and all of our stakeholders including future generations. - Duncan Miller