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VZV: Verizon Ventures Podcast

In this series, we bring together Verizon industry experts, investors and startups to discuss today’s most innovative technologies and their industry predictions. Over the course of several episodes, listeners will be treated to unique perspectives from our guests on the state of various industries, new and exciting developments, as well as insights on trends we can expect to see in the long term. We’ll cover off on topics like AI and chatbots, enterprise IoT, video and content, and consumer IoT and the Smart Home.
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Feb 26, 2018

“We all have FitBits and Apple Watches. Imagine if you can start connecting your numbers, your analytics, your sports performance with your favorite players.”

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Welcome back to Verizon Ventures.

This is Part 2 of our conversation around sporting technologies. Last week we discussed how technology can enhance fan experience, and today we focus on how it can improve player development. Joining us are the talented:

  • LJ Rader, Product Manager at Verizon
  • Jeff Angus, Head of Marketing at Playsight

“We’ve been working with everyone from the Golden State Warriors to sports academies with 10-12 year-olds. It’s a tool for athletes to help them get better. Everybody can use it.”

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Highlights

  • Products like Nike’s Fuelband aren’t innovation in terms of disrupting a learning process
  • Look at Verizon Ventures’ portfolio company PlaySight’s SmartCourt to see how an innovative product empowers a coach to more effectively cut through the noise in his/her students
  • Simulating in-game conditions helps mentally train players
  • Imagine being a soccer goalkeeper who can virtually look at all previous kickers tendencies/habits
  • Most experts favor augmented reality or virtual reality
  • A new jumbotron prototype empowers spectators to use the technology when dormant
  • Utilization technologies repurposes assets that aren’t being used (ex: Lyft, jumbotron)
  • Stadium AR could pipe venue analytics to the user to improve gameday experience (ex: concessions prices, bathroom lines, etc.
  • Opening analytics to the public could mean knowing Lebron’s heart rate at the free throw line or distance run all season

“For athletes, the mental aspect is arguably more important than the physical talent.”

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Resources

PlaySight SmartCourt https://www.playsight.com/

Full Show Notes at: VerizonVentures.com/podcast

Feb 26, 2018

“We’re not going to change the purity of the game. We’re just going to enhance the experience in a way bigger than we ever imagined.”

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Welcome back to Verizon Ventures.

On today’s episode, we are discussing the rise of sporting technologies that enrich the fan experience. From VR headsets to live-streaming in multiple languages, there are many different ways in which tech can be integrated into our sports-viewing paradigm. Joining us are the talented:

  • LJ Rader, Product Manager at Verizon
  • Jeff Angus, Head of Marketing at Verizon Ventures portfolio company, Playsight

If you have a Head of Innovation, you’re doing it wrong. Innovation is a department.”

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Highlights

  • Some innovation comes off as gimmick-y
  • Innovation is a department, not a single person effort
  • Look at PlaySight’s SmartCourt as an example of how innovation intended for one purpose (player development) can be reappropriated for another purpose (live-streaming)
  • There’s a trend in sports broadcasting where spectators harness live-streaming platforms like Facebook Live to commentate
  • Real Madrid is the most valuable sports team in the world; not because of their fans in Madrid, but because of their fans all over the world
  • It’s getting increasingly more expensive to attend live sporting events
  • There is still a long way to go with VR before you feel completely in the venue
  • The social component of VR will make you able to sit amongst your friends’ avatars
  • Look to the chat logs of sporting event live-streams to see the power of social in fan experience
  • Broadcast technologies will empower viewers to choose commentator of genre choice (ex: funny vs. tactical/strategic)

When the technology catches up to the in-person venue experience, that’s when it gets exciting.

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Resources

PlaySight SmartCourt https://www.playsight.com/

Full Show Notes at: VerizonVentures.com/podcast

Feb 26, 2018

“Investments create an opportunity to learn more about emerging technologies” - Meredith Finn

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If you’re the founder of a company it can be a challenge to know when it’s the right time to reach out to an investor. If you’re in the seed stage of your company, it may be tougher for you. It might be best to spend  your time developing your company, your technology, and acquiring clients to reach a sustainable point in your company.

Because of this, many Corporate Venture Capitalists shy away from a company that’s in too early of a stage. They may find it better to wait until a company is in Stage A, when they can take the time to branch out and really communicate and build a relationship with a CVC.

Don’t let that discourage you if you’re the kind of a founder that thinks you can do it all. There are certainly a number of CVC’s out there whose portfolio is filled with companies they invested in their infancy.

The biggest thing is that you really need to analyze your company from a realistic standpoint. Know if this is the time to reach out or not. If you feel it’s the time, really research the CVC you plan to reach out to. KNow their portfolio, what they invest in, and when they typically invest in a company. It may sound like a no brainer, but make sure you always make sure you do your due diligence.

There’s nothing worse than wasting your time and an investor's time just because you didn’t take a little extra time to really research a CVC’s portfolio.

On this episode of Verizon Ventures we continue our discussion with Meredith Finn and Marcelo Ballvé to dive deeper into what CVC’s are looking for.

Download this episode of Verizon Ventures to learn what investors are looking for and how you can increase your success rate when reaching out to them.

Our guests include:

  • Meredith Finn, Director of Sales Force Venture - the strategic investment arm SalesForce.com.
  • Marcelo Ballvé, Senior Director of Research at CB Insights - a software and data platform that helps companies predict technology trends.

“Corporate Venture Capital is increasingly having a larger and larger footprint in the venture ecosystem as a whole.” - Marcelo Ballvé

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Highlights

  • Sales Force tends to avoid investing at the seed stage.
    • Seed stage isn’t necessarily the right time to think about partnerships.
  • Series A stage is the right time to start considering a partnership.
  • Some CVC’s, like Google Ventures, do invest primarily at the seed stage.
  • When investing, Sales Force doesn’t take control of the partnership.
  • In 2016 alone there was around 100 CVCs that were created.
    • We are seeing a boom from a variety of industries.
    • Not just tech, but even automotive and food industry CVCs.
  • CB Insights has a newsletter with all the newest trends and developments in CVC.
  • Sales Force actively reviews and encourages people to send over ideas to their company.

“There’s some variance in Corporate Venture Capital in terms of how closely and how strategically aligned investments are.”

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Resources

CB Insights

Sales Force Venture


Feb 26, 2018

“Today there’s a much more mature ecosystem around technology.” - Marcelo Ballvé

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Venture investment is a very tricky game. It can be very difficult to find the balances between financial and strategic investing when looking at a new company. This makes it tough for some Venture Capitalists to decide what route to take when looking over proposals.

On this episode of Verizon Ventures we are joined but Meredith Finn and Marcelo Ballvé, two Directors in charge of researching and finding new companies to partner with.

Download this episode today to hear what investors are looking for, how to pitch them, and if you’re the right fit for the venture capitalists you are reaching out to.

Our guests include:

  • Meredith Finn, Director of Sales Force Venture - the strategic investment arm SalesForce.com.
  • Marcelo Ballvé, Senior Director of Research at CB Insights - a software and data platform that helps companies predict technology trends.

“We define strategic as the ability to plug into our platform and partner with us closely.” - Meredith Finn

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Highlights

  • Each success in corporate venture capital can be attributed to a major breakthrough in technology.
    • GM/Dupont wave.
    • Invention of the PC.
    • Internet boom.
    • .com bubble
    • Mobile computing/Social network revolution.
  • We’ve seen the rise and fall of many technology trends, which makes this business interesting.
  • AI and Machine learning is the new frontier for investments.
  • The largest tech companies in the world have been starting tech venture companies.
  • People believe it’s unlikely to be a big shake up like we saw in previous tech bubbles.
    • There seems to be a more sustained build up.
  • There’s always a tensions between strategic and financial ventures.
  • Founder need to consider if venture capitalists have invested in their type of business before reaching out.
  • There’s communication issues that need to be ironed out in the relationships between venture capitalist investors and founders.

“50% of our investment is split between a 3-5 and 5-10 year value ahead of where we are today.”

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Resources

CB Insights

Sales Force Venture

Feb 26, 2018

“It’s not just about a return on investment… It’s really about a return on relationships” -Rei Wang

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One of the benefits of being an on campus student is the infinite amount of resources available to you at your university. You have access to professors who have been through it all, are surrounded by students full of energy and eager to get things going, and now more and more companies funding innovations.

Companies like Dorm Room Fund and Verizon Ventures have been reaching out to campuses to find the newest up and coming talent. They are funding students, and letting them take the reigns on projects that would normally be just a dream.

The support doesn’t end when students get their degrees. In fact, it’s the contrary. The students who join these programs become life-long members of a support group that will continue to help and nurture their ideas and companies. It’s a very exciting time to be a university student.

Download this episode today to hear more about on campus integration from the leaders of top companies like Dorm Room Fun, Verdigris, and of course - Verizon Ventures.

Our guests include:

  • Lemu Coker, who is the partnerships lead on the open invitation team at Verizon. He works with campuses to bring in talent, product, and insights into verizon.
  • Mark Chung, the CEO of Verdigris Technologies. Verdigris Technologies makes the world’s most intelligent energy monitoring systems for high end commercial building.
  • Rei Wang, the Director of Dorm Room Fund, which is dedicated to funding student entrepreneurs.

“You don’t give them (students) the guard rails, you let them create the guard rails and create the structure...” -Lemu Coker

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Highlights

  • Being a student on campus means you have access to infinite resources.
  • Stanford’s program is supportive well beyond graduation.
  • Every year Dorm Room Fund does a giant summit where alumni and founders stay connected.
  • Value is created through on campus integration by providing support.
  • Giving students the resources to create their own systems is a stronger tactic than forcing them into events and situations.
  • Your first five hires need to be complicated and skill specific.
  • On Campus Integration gives students access to real world problems a lot of university students never get the chance to deal with.
  • There can be a lot companies are missing by going to the administration and not directly to the students.

“What I’ve seen be very effective in providing a nurturing environment is creating frameworks for experiential learning” - Mark Chung

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Resources

VerizonOpenInnovation.com

Verdigris.co

DRF.VC

Full Show Notes at: VerizonVentures.com/Episode

 

Feb 26, 2018

“I found it really inspiring to be around a lot of other young people that wanted to do something meaningful and impactful.” - Mark Chung

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Many Universities around the country support innovation and technology development. There’s groups dedicated to seeing entrepreneurs on campus move forward with their projects, and major companies have taken notice to what students are doing. Everyone knows it’s practically impossible to start up your own company while being a full time student.

What’s exactly why major companies like Dorm Room Fund and Verizon Ventures has begun partnership programs where they find and fund the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Welcome to Verizon Ventures! Today, we discuss on campus innovation and the different approaches companies take to seek out new talent and products in development.

Download this episode today to hear from top experts and leaders who are searching for new talent, and hear from entrepreneurs who went through these types of programs.

Our guests include:

  • Lemu Coker, who is the partnerships lead on the open invitation team at Verizon. He works with campuses to bring in talent, product, and insights into verizon.
  • Mark Chung, the CEO of Verdigris Technologies. Verdigris Technologies makes the world’s most intelligent energy monitoring systems for high end commercial building.
  • Rei Wang, the Director of Dorm Room Fund, which is dedicated to funding student entrepreneurs.

“We believe there is a LOT of innovation happening on campuses today.”

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Highlights

  • Rei explains that the Dorm Room Fund started in 2012 to help full time students be able to start their own business while staying in school.
    • They recruit and trains selected students in each region they are active and let the students make investment decisions.
    • Students meet with founders, and make the pitch.
    • They invest in all kinds of products, not just mobile or tech.
  • Mark discusses how working with startups at Stanford was very inspirings, surrounded by other young people who really wanted to do something meaningful and impactful.
    • Since the beginning, standing for climate change and something really impactful stood as a unifying piece for the company.
    • Evolving into a company means more grounded reality outside of the company’s mission
  • You have to learn to scale what you build when making a transition to a profitable company.
  • Verizon looks for students who have an entrepreneurial drive, but may not be ready to step out into the world and start their own business.
    • They look for students who can help build out current products and what products should come next.
  • Verizon has a concept studio, where they go bring in ten students with various skills. They give them a challenge to overcome and a six month deadline.
    • At the end of 6 months they may be offered a job, or the chance to continue on that project as a startup.
    • It’s basically a six month full time on boarding position.
  • Verizon is willing to spend money to invest in projects, which can spin out into their own companies with Verizon as an investor.
    • They want right to use the product, but don’t require exclusive rights to a product.
  • Verizon engages with over 50 schools all over.
  • Most of the investments Verizon Ventures makes are very young companies that already have a product ready to go.
  • Both teams and individuals are supported by Verizon Ventures.

“Most people who think of university founders think of consumer mobile apps, but that’s actually not the case.” -Rei Wang

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Full Show Notes at:

VerizonVentures.com/Podcast

 

Feb 17, 2017

There are places where digital and traditional co-exist, even on digital platforms.”

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Welcome back to part 3 of Verizon Venture’s live video content discussion, where we continue to discuss the evolution of branding content and the constantly growing media and entertainment industry. Joining us are the talented:

  • Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer for Go90, a Verizon company.
  • Allison Stern, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Tubular Labs.
  • Matt Levin, Co-founder and CEO of Donut Media.
  • Rhoades Rader, Head of Content Studios at Mitu, a Verizon Ventures portfolio company.
  • Allen DebeVoise, Managing Partner of Third Wave Ventures.    

Television in the last 15 years has begun to fill a void that was created by the movement in the film industry.

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Highlights

  • When you think about what it means to look at Youtube and other platforms, it shows a lot of opportunities. We’re just at the beginning of what that means.
  • Television in the last 15 years has begun to fill a void that was created by the movement in the film industry.
  • If you look at the movie model, one 90 minute piece of film can produce $1 billion in revenue. If you look at the live programming model and compare them, it doesn’t work.
  • From a spectacle perspective, there are different value prospects in the live programming models compared to traditional formats.
  • Context in platform matters. You have to treat each ecosystem as it’s own unique beast.
  • Platforms mature and change and at their best, are self reflexive.
  • Audiences mature, and so do their expectations in the TV and entertainment fields.
  • Every platform will see more formats evolving and more sophistication from the audience, thus leading to the industry being able to take more risks.
  • Success comes from keeping an eye on the content and data. What works and what doesn’t work? Be aware.
  • Audiences now have a short attention span, and more places to go for their content. It will become harder for businesses to captivate them if they do not stay on top of their content data.
  • 2017 predictions; Allen: Facebook and YouTube do more premium content with their audiences.
  • 2017 predictions; Rhoades: More traditional narrative structures beginning to manifest in the digital space.

Every platform will see more formats evolving, and more sophistication from the audience, thus leading to the industry being able to take more risks.

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Resources

Go90 https://www.go90.com/

Donut Media http://www.donut.media/

Tubular Labs: https://tubularlabs.com/

Mitu Studios: https://www.wearemitu.com/

Third Wave Ventures: http://thirdwavedigital.vc/

Matthew Levin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-levin-7205033b

Ivana Kirkbride: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivanakirkbride

Allison Stern: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonjstern

Rhoades Rader: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhoadesrader

Feb 17, 2017

Because all the video platforms are global, it is a very different mindset than television.”

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Welcome back to part 2 of Verizon Venture’s live video content discussion, where we continue to discuss the evolution of live content in relation to shoppable content and branding within videos. Joining us are the talented:

  • Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer for Go90, a Verizon company.
  • Allison Stern, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Tubular Labs.
  • Matt Levin, Co-founder and CEO of Donut Media.
  • Rhoades Rader, Head of Content Studios at Mitu, a Verizon Ventures portfolio company.
  • Allen DeBevoise, Managing Partner of Third Wave Ventures.  

“Shoppable videos have become a really cool trend for business models, that can work.”

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Highlights

  • Information and items now within videos have the capability to be itemized, and in turn shoppable.
  • Shoppable videos have become a really cool trend for business models that can work.
  • The rise of sponsored content and branded content is going to be a huge theme in 2017.
  • The idea of content within videos grew ten times last year from the previous year, and we’re expecting that to be a large piece of the way to make money within media companies.
  • Companies in the space are beginning to build creative agencies, and see how they can further scale this department.
  • Allison: There’s a spectrum of how brands engage in content. One end is uploading TV ads onto Youtube or a video platform, which we have evolved from. The next step is partnering with influencers.
  • Businesses are going to be creating branded content to market, separate from their TV ads, to showcase their brand
  • GoPro has become a media company on par with other media companies.
  • A main challenge is how much appetite there are in brands to become their own media company.
  • The big question for publishers and programmers now becomes: How do we scale? How do I own a mindset?
  • In digital media -- it’s a global opportunity instead of the US centric mind frame.
  • The type of content you’re creating will heavily influence the budget and quality of the production in your videos.
  • The notion of what people would want to watch is expanding widely, thanks to the on-demand nature.

“The next step for businesses in this space isn’t for the faint of heart: becoming a media company yourself.”

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Resources

Go90 https://www.go90.com/

Donut Media http://www.donut.media/

Tubular Labs: https://tubularlabs.com/

Mitu Studios: https://www.wearemitu.com/

Third Wave Ventures: http://thirdwavedigital.vc/

Matthew Levin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-levin-7205033b

Ivana Kirkbride: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivanakirkbride

Allison Stern: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonjstern

Rhoades Rader: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhoadesrader

Feb 17, 2017

“The standardized measurement for how businesses should be evaluating content is the larger question within the industry.”

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The live video platform has been exploding in recent years, with some even calling 2016 the “Year of Facebook Live.” Companies worldwide are adapting the idea of boosting engagement through creative and exciting content via live platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram Stories, and Facebook Live. But what drives higher engagement, and how do businesses measure success rates, beyond view count? Our guests this week join us to discuss the evolution of Live video, and where it’s headed in the years to come. Joining us this week are:

  • Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer for Go90, a Verizon company.
  • Allison Stern, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Tubular Labs.
  • Matt Levin, Co-founder and CEO of Donut Media.
  • Rhoades Rader, Head of Content Studios at Mitu, a Verizon Ventures portfolio company.
  • Allen DeBevoise, Managing Partner of Third Wave Ventures.  

“The difference between live and on-demand video, is that live video is similar to traditional TV, and we’re familiar with the concept.”

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Highlights

  • The average successful Facebook Live video is around 18 minutes, and is twice as engaging as a normal Facebook video.
  • Allison: The way we’re looking at measurement in video is an interesting sector to explore.
  • Allen: Companies building branding right now see these type of companies and platforms (Snapchat, Instagram Story, Facebook Live, etc.) as an opportunity to build engagement through live content.
  • Allen: Unlike TV, which is all on the same signal, the content is different and the timing is different on live, requiring different skill sets
  • Matt: Live videos cause us all to be more creative to create high engagement type content.
  • Allison: measurement is a real question in the industry right now--everyone is looking for a standardized form of measurement.
  • Views are the current metric people use to measure their content on, but as we start to move towards types of videos and types of platforms, time watched is going to become the unifying metric.
  • The difference between live and on-demand video, is the advantage live has being similar to TV as we know it, in concurrent viewers.
  • The notion of views is limited in relation to the number of engaged views.
  • High engagement is favored more than shares in some ways.
  • Males are shown to share less than females do.
  • The standardized measurement for how businesses should be evaluating content is the larger question within the industry.
  • The Advertising agencies are invested in the way they’ve been doing business, which, in turn, makes some of them careless to real data.

“Being live teaches us to be more creative with our content, in order to create high engagement.”

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Resources

Go90 https://www.go90.com/

Donut Media http://www.donut.media/

Tubular Labs: https://tubularlabs.com/

Mitu Studios: https://www.wearemitu.com/

Third Wave Ventures: http://thirdwavedigital.vc/

Matthew Levin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-levin-7205033b

Ivana Kirkbride: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivanakirkbride

Allison Stern: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonjstern

Rhoades Rader: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhoadesrader

Feb 17, 2017

“We have to make sure we don’t put people at dead ends in product development. They want to be in a world where they have choices.”

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We welcome you back for part two of our discussion regarding home security systems, and the past, present, and future of this exciting technology. Returning from last week includes:

  • Roel Peeters is the CEO and founder of Roost. Roost built a home telematics platform focused on the property insurance industry, and works with IOT devices.
  • Ian Swanson is the CEO of Data Science, Inc. Data Science offers a platform as well as Data Science as a service, working with many IOT companies.
  • Ohad Zeira is the Director of Product and Strategy for Verizon Smart Home
  • Nate Williams is the Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Business at August Home, a market leader in home access control.

“The market has three segments right now: DIY solutions, professional installment, and capable consumers that have the “do it for me” attitude.”

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Highlights

  • In a home, the replacement timelines are very long. In fact, most people don’t even buy their washer or dryers, it just comes with the home, giving them little to no choice over their buying options.
  • Simplicity and ease of use is essential: With the battery, it’s one of the smart home products that can be sent to consumers and they know what to do with it. It’s just as easy as your basic light bulb.
  • The focus should be on “how can we make these products easier to install?”
  • There’s an emerging trend right now with professional installation within this industry, where companies are working to make it easier for you to install your own smart items.
  • However, some products are not the easiest UX or UI to set up, and will require professional installation.
  • The market has three segments right now: DIY solutions, professional installment, and capable consumers that have the “do it for me” attitude.
  • Fun Fact: It took 45 years for 50% of US households to have dishwashers!
  • It took less than ten years for 80% of US households to have broadband. This is an amazing success with new technology!
  • Consumers only want one neck to choke. They do not want to call ten different people for the same issue. They want to call one person.
  • Ohad: Voice interactions are going to be across a lot of devices very soon, into the home or outside of the home.
  • We have to make the products so sewn into the home, that consumers can’t imagine going back to a life without these products.

“You’re not asking people to change their environment, you’re leaving existing functionality, and simply adding to it.”

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Resources

https://www.datascience.com/company

http://august.com/

http://www.getroost.com/about-roost

Feb 17, 2017

“If you’re branding consumer home security, you have great power, but you also have great responsibility.”

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Times are changing quickly with all the options we have for personal security. But what about our homes? Now more than ever is an interesting time for experimentation with smart home products. Consumers are starting to become more comfortable with smart home systems, which are becoming more available on the market in big name retail stores.

Right now, industry professionals are working towards helping consumers have a better outcome and gain more trust to use these extremely valuable products. Some are joining us today to discuss the past, present, and future of IOT security in the home market!

  • Roel Peeters is the CEO and founder of Roost. Roost built a home telematics platform focused on the property insurance industry, and works with IOT devices.
  • Ian Swanson is the CEO of Data Science, Inc. Data Science offers a platform as well as Data Science as a service, working with many IOT companies.
  • Ohad Zeira is the Director of Product and Strategy for Verizon Smart Home
  • Nate Williams is the Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Business at August Home, a market leader in home access control.

“We are now moving to a layer of ‘yes they work,’ but now we need that trust layer.”

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Highlights

  • Nate: If you look at consumer IOT, the first 5-10 years of users of these products were very early adopters, self installers, or even possibly required to be engineers to use. We’re now moving to another stage, where we’re starting to see big retailers selling these products.
  • Security concerns are in the top three reasons why people are reluctant to adopt smart home products.
  • Roel: The responsibility lies within the product vendors to gain trust within consumers, by providing products that are secure, and have built-in security from the beginning.
  • Nate: Where we’ve seen lapses in the industry is with the companies who want to take shortcuts, often by trying to bring products to market faster
  • You can’t take shortcuts when building a brand, and you can’t take shortcuts when you’re trying to please consumers with great products.
  • It is very difficult to design products knowing that there is a polarity between user experience and security.
  • We don’t want to make people fearful of putting these products in their homes, because they (the products) drive so much value.
  • Analyze the data as the device company to ensure you are delivering on the value you are promising.
  • As you’re developing partnerships to build or enhance what your product can do, you need to understand “what does the consumer actually want?”
  • Ask yourself, “How can we make these experiences better?” with usability.
  • Security is a use case that brings a lot of people into smart homes. 22% of US households have professionally modeled security.
  • The consumer has to be put first.

“Analyze the data as the device company to ensure you are delivering on the value you are promising.”

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Resources

https://www.datascience.com/company

http://august.com/

http://www.getroost.com/about-roost

Feb 17, 2017

“Security is a non-negotiable aspect.”

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Verizon Ventures! We’re discussing the technologies that will lead the future. This week we will continue our discussion on the leading technologies and security of the future, including network technologies, cloud capabilities, and reaching the next level of device service.

Returning from last week include:

  • Thierry Sender, who is the director of the IOT product development at Verizon focused on strategy and vertical implementations.
  • Jenny Fielding, who is the managing director of Techstars IOT. Techstars is a venture fund and an accelerator focused on internet of things!
  • Raj Singh, who is the managing director at JetBlue Technology Ventures.
  • Allison Cliff Jennings, who is the CEO of Filament. Filament is a company focused on connecting legacy industrial infrastructure. Filament is a Verizon Ventures portfolio company.

“Could you imagine if every little device had to check in with Stripe to pay or get paid? It just wouldn’t work.”

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Highlights

  • As we look forward, with the pervasive IOT solutions that are rolling out into different segments of the consumer electronics space, there is a need to be able to support mini, low cost, low powered, connectivity platforms.
  • When you look across the industry, there are many options out there for the low power space.
  • In the cellular world, there are a lot of new radio technologies that are coming out that will compete and hold up well.
  • We want devices to be able to connect anywhere in the world, regardless of location.
  • From Filament’s point of view, the IOT will only become truly as valuable as the scale that it presents itself as an economical protocol stack in addition to the network capability.
  • Digitizing information is believed to be a raw form of economic value, not just in the data it creates, but what it enables and provides.
  • Allison: If you have actuation and sensing on a network of devices, and then you bring in an economic protocol, you can now have these devices create value when they’re attached to machines.
  • When you have devices that can guarantee, to the very last detail, value transfer, you can start to do other interesting things at an even higher level.
  • Renewable energy credit is a credit that can be bought and sold on a marketplace! This is usually required by agencies that burn a lot of carbon. If you create solar credits, you can sell them.
  • Jenny: IOT is touching almost every vertical now. It’s becoming everything, which is amazing!
  • Enterprise IOT won’t be a thing a few years from now. Each device will be shipped with the appropriate sensors.

“The true value of industrial IOT will be reached when it presents itself as an economical protocol, in addition to the network capability.”

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Resources

DDos Attack: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack

http://www.techstars.com/

http://www.jetblueventures.com/

https://filament.com/

https://thingspace.verizon.com/

Feb 17, 2017

“Security is an area that is going to have to be addressed at some point.”

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A current hot topic in the IOT industry is security. After the DDos attacks, and major server hacks, IOT industries are working diligently to find a solution to intelligent reporting, to provide predictive measures to prevent future attacks. Entrepreneurs, scientists, and AI enthusiasts alike are searching for the answer to this persistent gap in security systems.

Welcome to Verizon Ventures! Today, we discuss what the future of intelligent reporting and tracking looks like, and the advances we have made towards reaching that goal.

Our guests include:

  • Thierry Sender, who is the director of the IOT product development at Verizon focused on strategy and vertical implementations.
  • Jenny Fielding, who is the managing director of Techstars IOT. Techstars is a venture fund and an accelerator focused on the internet of things.
  • Raj Singh, who is the managing director at JetBlue Technology Ventures.
  • Allison Clift-Jennings, who is the CEO of Filament. Filament is a company focused on connecting legacy industrial infrastructure. Filament is a Verizon Ventures portfolio company.

“If startups want to play in the big leagues, they have to focus on security.”

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Highlights

  • Allison: It has become necessary for each physical device to have a secure element, such as a small cryptographic silicone based chip, that has special security concerns around it to prevent or make it difficult to fake that device, or steal it’s passwords.
  • Experts agree it would be irresponsible for any IOT manufacturer in 2017 to make something that does not have a secure element in it. Chips are only 30 cents each!
  • Security is and should always be multi-layered.
  • Companies might be throwing out products right now that aren't necessarily setting them up for success later. This is where we greatly want to improve.
  • In today’s day and age, you need an infrastructure that has security built in. If you do not, it will unfortunately, inevitably fail.
  • The types of attacks we may start to see won’t necessarily be predictable, but the industry aims to get there someday in the future.
  • A note to IOT startups: If you’re developing hardware or software, there are a LOT of different components to this that you need to take into consideration in terms of security.
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in their respective fields will really touch heavily on how we interpret the data we receive.
  • There will always be large insights to find in large areas of data.
  • One of the most exciting parts about artificial intelligence (AI), will be when you can begin to use it at the edge of Networks, to make less explicit decisions about occurrences happening.
  • Using AI at the edge of networks can be utilized to optimize network routes between devices.
  • We are at a point where we are about to experience exponential growth in intelligent devices sending data to Networks.
  • In the Aviation field, pilots are bombarded with notifications and have to work out which ones are important or not, which is a critical function, all while in the cockpit. The hope is that artificial intelligence can sort out which ones are critical and of importance before delivering.
  • The idea behind prevention and proactive: these are the things that will become prevalent in intelligent reporting.

“The DDoS coverage and media responded with “here are things you can do to make your device more secure,” and I think the question is whose responsibility is this?”

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Resources

DDos Attack: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack

http://www.techstars.com/

http://www.jetblueventures.com/

https://filament.com/

https://thingspace.verizon.com/

Feb 17, 2017

“How can we use technology to build deeper, richer connections with people?” - Esther Crawford

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Today, we return with part three for the continuation of our discussion in the world of AI. In this episode, we discuss how AI will evolve in regard to continuous conversation and topics, how AI can break down broad data to solve issues for you, and how surrogates can connect you more with others in general!

  • Momin Mirza: Verizon corporate strategy group based in Palo Alto, focused on trending topics, particularly AI and commerce
  • Esther Crawford: CEO and Co-Founder of Olabot. Their goal is to make it fun and simple for everyone to have a personal bot
  • Raj Ramaswamy: CEO and Cofounder of ShopInSync, whose goal is to enable brands and retailers in the commerce space to build deep contextual bots that help get their conversions up and drive more revenue for them
  • Mounir Shita: Founder and CEO of Kimera, with the first AI that comprehends what it’s learning and to automate any type of connected device and network

“Teens are in an exploratory moment in life when they’re trying to figure out who they are, and are more open to new things than at an older age.” - Esther Crawford

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Highlights

  • Systems are what we use to break down broad tasks
  • Machines will soon be able to do more of the “heavy lifting”
  • Most Olabot users are between 13-24 (mostly teenagers). Chatbots are making a big impact on the younger generation!
  • Scientists are trying to figure out a line between when AI should speak up, and which topics it should leave alone
  • AI is becoming more relatable to humans
  • The scary/exciting thing about AI is that it will change the world more than the internet did

Resources

http://www.shopinsync.com/

http://olabot.com/  

www.kimera.ai

Feb 17, 2017

“Many times we try to think of how we can replicate the formal process of learning into the AI, which can be a challenge.” - Mo

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We return with part two, for the continuation of our discussion on the current and future world of AI. We are discussing the advances toward a general intelligence in AI, and how scientists are working to develop a whole new type of unsupervised learning for the surrogate to take on.

  • Momin Mirza: Verizon corporate strategy group based in Palo Alto, focused on trending topics, particularly AI and commerce
  • Esther Crawford: CEO and Co-Founder of Olabot. Their goal is to make it fun and simple for everyone to have a personal bot
  • Raj Ramaswamy: CEO and Cofounder of ShopInSync, whose goal is to enable brands and retailers in the commerce space to build deep contextual bots that help get their conversions up and drive more revenue for them
  • Mounir Shita: Founder and CEO of Kimera, with the first AI that comprehends what it’s learning and to automate any type of connected device and network

“You want to be able to trust your devices to do the right thing.”

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Highlights

  • Computers have to go through an enormous amount of training in order to gain intelligence
  • Scientists are currently focused on making true “unsupervised learning” a reality
  • In the field of general intelligence, there is no such thing as “training data”
  • Deep learning by itself is not going to lead to general intelligence
  • It will most likely require a whole new way of accomplishing AI to create true general intelligence
  • The advantage of machines over humans is the different set of sensors machines have
  • Machines can learn about their environment from a different perspective than we can
  • We will have to trust the AI to do tasks on behalf of us. This is a significant leap for most people
  • Comfort and trust is growing over time in the general population to let machines and devices make decisions for them
  • We’re never really 100% honest when we talk about ourselves to the world, but we potentially could be with a bot
  • Some bots are trained with continuous conversation
  • Bots can be thought of as a new model for communicating with users

Resources

http://www.shopinsync.com/

http://olabot.com/

www.kimera.ai

 

Feb 15, 2017

“We take a much more social centered approach. We think about how we can inject automation in conversation between two people that feels interesting and relevant.“ - Esther Crawford

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Today we’re discussing the current developments with AI technology, and where this will lead us in the future. Joining us are 4 guests who are heavily invested, and extremely well rehearsed in the world of AI:

  • Momin Mirza: Verizon corporate strategy group based in Palo Alto, focused on trending topics, particularly AI and commerce
  • Esther Crawford: CEO and Co-Founder of Olabot. Their goal is to make it fun and simple for everyone to have a personal bot
  • Raj Ramaswamy: CEO and Cofounder of ShopInSync, whose goal is to enable brands and retailers in the commerce space to build deep contextual bots that help get their conversions up and drive more revenue for them
  • Mounir Shita: Founder and CEO of Kimera, where they plan to build the first AI that comprehends what it’s learning and to use that to automate any type of connected device and network

“It’s an important area to examine: social behavior. They use a lot of time with their digital identity, how does it exude itself?” - Raj Ramaswamy

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Highlights

  • Esther: The way I see the next era of social identity is having more intelligence behind the identity attached to you
  • Social properties are very static: I choose who I’m connected with, what I share, what others see, etc
  • From a technological perspective, we can preserve someone's thoughts, memories and experiences via the internet
  • The goal is to work toward more and more autonomy of devices, where we operate them less and less
  • We may need a digital surrogate in the future, to represent you online and hold the same identities, ideals and morals as you
  • Question: How do we replicate more and more of the experiences that feel near human, creating a user experience that feels less and less like interacting with a bot?
  • To achieve a human-like experience, developers are starting to work on tailoring these personal bots to have those personality traits that mimic very human-like interactions

“The ultimate vision for people who work in AI is general intelligence. As if they can become the “perfect” personal assistant for you.”

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Resources

http://www.shopinsync.com/

http://olabot.com/  

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