AetherWorks is a software research & venture development firm based in New York City.

The AetherWorks mission is to bring original, high quality technology to market. We develop original software, invest in early stage companies that share our mission, and patent new technology.

AetherWorks specializes in distributed systems and has patented technology in software-defined storage and fog computing. Current development projects include AetherStore, a distributed storage solution and ActiveAether, an internet-scale architecture for the demand-driven deployment of software services using geographically-appropriate resources.

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The AetherWorks executive team is comprised of:

Dr. Robert F. MacInnis

Robert MacInnis, Ph.D.

CEO & Founder

Originally from Westport, CT, Robert received a B.Sc. Honours (First Class) in Computer Science from the University of St Andrews in 2005.

In tandem with ventures in online gaming software and location-based advertising, Robert completed his post-graduate research at the University of St Andrews and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2010 for a thesis entitled “A Scalable Architecture for the Demand-driven Deployment of Location-neutral Software Services”.

Robert returned to the U.S. in 2010 to start AetherWorks with the goal of creating an environment in which he could continue to engage in scientific research while developing and growing businesses around its advances.

In his free time Robert plays as a goalkeeper in a New York soccer league, is an avid golfer and serves as a member and treasurer of the board of trustees of the University of St Andrews American Foundation.

Allan P. Boyd

Allan Boyd

Chief Operating Officer

Allan is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in computer science. He received a B.Sc. with Honours in Computer Science from the University of St Andrews in 2005. Allan won the 2005 Scottish Institute for Enterprise award for “Best Overall Business” with his first company IT Onsite, before moving to England to work with Aquila Heywood in 2007.

In 2008 Allan joined the management team at Kelvin Connect, a mobile data and information management software firm. After seeing the company through its acquisition by Airwave Solutions in 2011, Allan moved to New York to join AetherWorks.

Allan remains an active investor in a number of ventures in the UK, most notably the Ingenium Academy, where he also sponsors an annual scholarship. He is an accomplished musician, has played with the Royal Northern Philharmonic, and is a supporter of children's music education through the Fife Horn Union, a charitable organization based in Scotland.

Shannon Cody

Shannon Cody

Marketing & Communications Manager

From early customer development work through to designing data-driven, cross-platform marketing campaigns, Shannon is passionate about building customer bases for the products developed at AetherWorks as well as the companies we advise. She specializes in using marketing automation to engage, convert and track leads around the clock, enabling AetherWorks's small team to punch above our weight in attracting and communicating with large audiences.

Shannon joined AetherWorks in 2012 after graduating with Distinction from the University of Michigan. Her previous experience is in digital marketing and advertising sales. As an Account Executive, her sales team was the highest revenue generator of 300+ teams in the SMB space. She was also a Division I scholarship athlete, playing for the University of Pittsburgh Women's Soccer team from 2008-2010.

Shannon still enjoys playing soccer in her free time and is the proud winner of four coed championships in NYC. She is part of a book club, enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants, and loves hanging out with her Wheaten Terrier, Hobie.

We are currently working on:

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AetherStore: US Patent 9,542,466

AetherStore is a software-only storage solution that creates encrypted, redundant drives on demand by pooling unused space on the existing computers in a network. AetherStore has been deployed as an onsite backup target in hundreds of networks, and across thousands of machines. Visit


ActiveAether: US Patent 9,055,026

ActiveAether is a fog computing technology that utilizes locally available computing resources to streamline processing for high-traffic technology, such as for IoT devices. ActiveAether's patented technique for providing and consuming web services enables the demand-driven deployment of location-neutral software.

Areas of Interest

AetherWorks's other current areas of interest include machine learning, augmented reality, drones, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Recent Investments

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News Archive


9 OCTOBER, 2017
The Register: Weekly Storage Summary

6 OCTOBER, 2017
ICOs: What They Are, and Why Should You Care

5 OCTOBER, 2017, 10:40 ET
AetherWorks Announces FogCoin ICO: First Global Market for Computational Resources

14 SEPTEMBER, 2017
AetherStore Crosses 30,000 Users Across 150 Countries

28 JUNE, 2017, 8:30 ET
AetherStore Reaches 10,000 Users in 100 Countries

24 MAY, 2017, 12:23 ET
AetherWorks Joins Open Fog Consortium

16 MAY, 2017, 15:29 ET
AetherStore Launches Version 2.0

2 JUNE, 2017
AetherWorks Launched AetherStore Freemium Software

14 MAY, 2017
The Register: Weekly Storage Summary

8 MAY, 2017
IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Why Cloud Isn’t Enough

20 APRIL, 2017
Fog is coming, and that's good news for the cloud

7 FEBRUARY, 2017
Why fog computing will power IoT in 2017

10 SEPTEMBER, 2014
SAN-free, NAS-free? Scottish PHDs lift kilt on how they'll pull storage out of the aether

10 JULY, 2013
AetherStore Fills Void in Enterprise-Grade FSS Market

27 MARCH, 2013
Startup Intro: AetherStore

16 JANUARY, 2013
AetherWorks, Start-up in Software to Avoid NAS or SAN

14 NOVEMBER, 2012
The AetherWorks Story – Our Experience with MPN

29 OCTOBER, 2012
AetherStore offers unusual NAS alternative

26 OCTOBER, 2012
Start-up Fall 2012: Storage and distributed shared with AetherStore

8 OCTOBER, 2012
AetherStore: An alternative distributed NAS

1 OCTOBER, 2012
Scottish PhDs hoist kilt to reveal storage array killer

1 OCTOBER, 2012
ITPT EAST COAST: AetherStore Revies the Grid

28 JUNE, 2017
Peer-to-peer: the future of storage SMB?

7 AUGUST, 2012
Reflections on WPC 2012: The Importance of Community

AetherWorks is building more than quality software.

As a small team, AetherWorks takes an interest in what each of our employees look for in a work environment. We designed and built our office to encourage collaboration amongst our team and provide comfortable spaces where employees can focus on getting work done.

We offer fully subsidized health and dental insurance, pension plan and 401k matching, stock options, pre-tax commuter transit benefits, flexible working hours, and generous paid vacation time, including extended company-wide leave over the holiday season.

AetherWorks employees are also encouraged to continue their career progression and take their experiences outside the office. Our members have attended events all over NYC and across the globe. For business development, employee education, or just for fun, AetherWorks makes a point to enable employees to make connections beyond the office.

To apply for one of our available positions, please send resume to

Available Positions:

Marketing Strategist

Senior Software Engineer

AetherWorks is located at:

501 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017
+1 (212) 518-1155

Press & Media Relations

Please contact Ms. Shannon Cody by email at or by telephone on +1 (212) 518-1155.