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What Experts are Saying About the Internet of Things – January 2015

This is the latest post in a blog series here at bbotx that highlights what happened in the Internet of Things world during the past month.

Bonus: Although this article doesn’t talk about the IoT, we wanted to share it as it discusses ‘The Myth of the Tech Whiz Who Quits College to Start a Company’ (via Harvard Business Review). If you take a look at the bbotx team page, you may notice that we ourselves disprove this myth.

What other articles caught your interest about the IoT space this month? Let us know on twitter at @bbotx or in the comment section below. Read more

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Crowdfunding – What is it good at?

My background is creating financial markets – end-to-end markets for IPOs and secondary trading. It included emerging markets and senior markets, cash, debt, and derivatives. It has given me a perspective from which to understand the underlying proposition of any market:

  • What is the nature of the offer?
  • What is the contract?
  • Who are the real buyers and sellers?
  • What roles do the participants play and what and value do they create?
  • Is the market fair?

It really comes down to – what is the market good for? Not surprisingly, the buyers often don’t understand the true nature of the market, surprisingly, the sellers often don’t either. This is accurate in crowdfunding. Read more