Grand Idea Studio, Inc. is a technology development, licensing, and consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2002 by Joe Grand.


Joe Grand is a product designer, hardware hacker, and the founder of Grand Idea Studio. He specializes in creating, exploring, manipulating, and teaching about electronic devices.

Also known as Kingpin, Joe was a member of the legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, where he helped raise awareness of the hacker ethos and the importance of independent security vulnerability research. He also brought engineering to the masses as a co-host of Discovery Channel’s Prototype This, which followed the real-life design process of a unique prototype every episode.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Doctorate of Science in Technology (Honorary) degree from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.


Selected Accolades

U.S Patents