Edward Pultar | Founder of Valarm

Introduction

Success leaves clues.

Finance Strategists sat down with Dr. Edward Pultar, founder of tools.valarm.net. He shared his thoughts on the past, present, and future of the company, as well as the insight he gained from running the business.

Who is Edward Pultar?

Q: Who are you and what’s your background?

Howdy. My name’s Dr. Edward Pultar, PhD. I speak Spanish and English and have lived all over the world, most recently in Latin America. I’ve worked on Google Earth, and have been a professor and faculty member at various universities around the world like Universitat Jaume I in Spain, and University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California. I have a PhD in Geography and Geographic Information Science and Systems (GIS) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The University of Utah gave me a M.S. and B.S. in Geography, as well as a B.S. in Computer Science. Years ago, I started Valarm with my brother Lorenzo and a few friends. Time has flown by and now we’ve passed our 10th year helping our customers save time, money, and lives by monitoring sensors and Industrial IoT systems with https://Tools.Valarm.net. 

Q: Who has been your biggest influence, and why did they have such a significant effect on you?

My family, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends are a big influence for me since they’ve shared with me the many different ways to live life. During my 10 years in college, I was inspired by Mike Goodchild and Jack Dangermond, two legends of GIS that I was lucky to work with over the years. 

Q: Knowing what you know now, what would you have told yourself when you were in your twenties?

Focus on your customers. Find your first customers and keep your customers happy. Forget and ignore the haters. Keep going and living honestly with solid morals and ethics. Gratitude.

Business

Q: What is Valarm?

Valarm Tools Cloud, a.k.a., https://Tools.Valarm.net , software monitors sensors made by any hardware manufacturer. Our customers monitor a wide range of industrial applications, from flood warning systems for Smart Cities, to flow meters, water wells, tanks, air quality, bridges, and water quality, Tools.Valarm.net effectively manages valuable assets around the world you’ll see in our Industrial IoT Customer Success Stories.

Q: What makes your company different from its competitors?

Our Tools.Valarm.net software monitors sensors and hardware manufactured by any brand. Our customers love our flexibility, and we work hand in hand with our customers to personally make sure their monitoring needs are met.

Q: What led you to start Valarm?

My brother’s motorcycle was stolen years ago, and that led to our initial software for tracking and monitoring assets and sensors. We quickly discovered that there were underserved niche markets, like water monitoring, which needed our software we made available at https://Tools.Valarm.net .

Q: What has the experience of building the business taught you?

Patience. There are lots of ups and downs in building a business. After our 10th year we’ve learned more than we can fit into a paragraph. If you love what you’re doing you’ll bring your passion with you and stick with it. 

Q: Where do you see things headed for you in the next 5 years?

We’ll continue helping our customers utilize Tools.Valarm.net for their monitoring needs. Working with our customers, we’ll continue to expand our software and add features taking advantage of Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and anything else our customers need for effectively monitoring Industrial IoT sensor systems. Whether it’s flood or water monitoring systems, flow meters, water levels, or anything else, we’re a family company that is here and ready to help you, your teams, and your organization deploy your most effective monitoring systems.