Jimmy Lai is an experienced engineer, who through years of creating software and hardware for the booming tech industry in Asia saw gaps in the market. The typical process is to use development boards for rapid prototyping, however it still takes 3-6 months from prototype to delivery of a real hardware product.
Starting with a PCB layout to moulding to software, to certification etc…
Jimmy was driven to provide a better solution to fill the gap between a development board and an end product for other engineers like himself and began to design and create a series of 5cm*5cm modular stackable prototypes in 2016.
In 2017, Jimmy received a seed round investment from HAX (a US based hardware accelerator) and officially founded M5Stack in Shenzhen.
In 2018, M5Stack launched 60+ SKU and became a strategic partner of Espressif. M5Stack products have been integrated with Microsoft Azure IoT solutions.
In 2019, Japan-based IoT solution company Soracom cooperated with M5Stack and announced an M5Stack 3G expansion board module.