About Us


Meet our new brand mascot, Telli

Telli, a robot, is our new brand mascot. Telli embodies the DNA of our company and our futuristic water heaters – innovative, smart and hi-tech, yet playful and accessible. Our new logo speaks to our founders’ expertise in robotics, mechatronics, marine engines and intelligent controls.


Founded in 2009, after a traditional water heater broke down and flooded our founder, Sridhar Deivasigamani’s basement, Intellihot today designs, manufactures and assembles tankless water heaters for residential, commercial and industrial applications—the first to do so entirely in the United States. Quality and innovation are at the heart of all our products, which were developed following years of extensive research. We continue to be recognized for our innovative design – we currently have 18 awarded and 23 pending patents.

sri explainingSridhar Deivasigamani, CEO/Founder

Sridhar is a mechanical engineer with a focus on marine engines and control systems with 16 years of non-perfect mechatronics. He usually graduated in the bottom half of his class and loved to tinker with ham radios and the electrical wiring in his parents’ house. He also loved to build electronic gadgets such as amplifiers, crystal radio sets, and model aeroplanes. As an adult, the passion for tinkering has progressed to more expensive toys and he can often be found working on his motorcycles and robotic lawn mowers. Sridhar holds a bachelor’s degree from Manipal Institute of Technology, India and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. He is also a certified 6 Sigma Black belt. Although he wishes it was a real black belt in judo or karate.

siva explainingSivaprasad Akasam, CTO/Co-founder

Sivaprasad has more than 15 years of experience in electronics and controls and has been a life-long tinkerer. He usually graduated at the top of his class, and was a formidable presence in local tennis tournaments. An avid motorcyclist, Siva has a passion for creating devices that will be smarter than him one day. Siva is a Lego master, and a robotics guru. His true talent though is creating exquisite delicacies out of thin air. Sivaprasad holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India and a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University.


Chicago’s Top Ten Founders Over 40 Award (2016)

Top Chicago Clean-tech Startup company (2014)

Top 20 High Growth Company in Illinois (2011)

Top 24 Companies Outside Silicon Valley (2010)

Top 6 Most Innovative Companies in Illinois (2009)