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Matt Eyring Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home

Matt Eyring is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Vivint, a leading smart home technology provider. He heads the Vivint Innovation Center, which creates the Vivint Sky smart home platform, and manages new business and channel development.

Before joining Vivint, Matt was the managing partner of Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm. He led worldwide strategy and operations at the firm, as well as the healthcare and emerging markets practices. Matt was a founding partner at the firm with Clayton Christensen in 2001, and helped the firm grow to its current leadership position.

Matt is the co-author of several Harvard Business Review articles on the topics of business model innovation and entrepreneurship and risk management. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Kristine Faulkner Kristine Faulkner, Senior Vice President / General Manager, COX Homelife, Cox Communications

Kristine Faulkner is senior vice president and general manager, Cox Homelife. She is the operational and innovative leader focused on driving growth of the Cox Homelife and Smart Home market - one of Cox's fastest growing services divisions. Kristine oversees all related operational strategies for this business unit, including marketing, sales, customer experience and advanced services development.

Prior to her current role, Kristine served as VP of operations on Cox Communications strategy team, responsible for incubating new growth opportunities for Cox. Previously, Kristine served as VP of product development and management for Cox’s business services division and was instrumental in establishing Cox Business’ presence in the early 2000s.

Kristine was named to the 2010 Class of Multichannel News Wonder Women and is a member of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). Kristine served as the 2009 membership director for the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) board and was awarded the 2009 Catalyst Award by the Atlanta Chapter. She has been recognized in CableWorld’s “Top Women in Cable Tech” and CableFAX’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” lists.

Kristine is on the Foundation Board of Trustees at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and serves on a pediatric cardiac council which provides input and guidance to CHOA.

A Newport News, Virginia native, Kristine now lives in Atlanta, Ga. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College in New York. Kristine is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI Class XVI), WICT’s flagship executive leadership program. 

A Newport News, Virginia native, Kristine now lives in Atlanta, Ga. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College in New York.  Kristine is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI Class XVI), WICT’s flagship executive leadership program.


Miles Kingston Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel Corporation

Miles Kingston is the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel Corporation. He leads the strategy and collaboration of product development for smart home technologies from multiple business units.
 
Kingston joined Intel in 2000 as a supply chain planner.  Over the next five years, he led various teams before moving into the Desktop Platform Group in 2005 as a product manager.  Kingston managed dozens of central processing unit (CPU) product families and was promoted to lead the product management team in 2010, and became the Director of Strategic Marketing for desktop platforms in 2011.  In 2015, Kingston was promoted to General Manager of the Consumer Desktop PC segment where he began focusing heavily on the smart home market.  In June of 2016, Kingston became exclusively focused on Smart Home and was named the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel.
 
Kingston holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and a master of business administration degree from Portland State University.  Kingston has completed several executive education programs, including the Design Thinking Boot Camp at Stanford University’s D-School.


Sridhar Solur Sridhar Solur, Senior Vice President, Product & Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things, and Data Services, Comcast

As Senior Vice President of Product and Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Services for Comcast Cable, Sridhar Solur leads strategy, innovation and development of products for the Xfinity Home and high speed data business, from concept to creation. This includes experiences and services in the IoT, home automation, and home security categories.

With more than 20 years of experience in corporate venturing, strategy, and product development, Solur is an intrapreneur, technologist, and business leader specializing in IoT, cloud computing and machine learning. Previously, he was the founder and general manager of multiple businesses at Hewlett Packard (HP) including their IoT, cloud and mobile printing business, known as HP ePrint.

Over the years, Solur established several patents on media delivery, location based services, and cloud connected objects. In addition, he is on the advisory board of several startups and a mentor to 500 Startups and Alchemist Enterprise accelerator.

Solur holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India.


Speakers


Jean-Pierre (JP) Abello Jean-Pierre (JP) Abello, Sr Director, Global Engineering R&D, Nielsen

JP Abello is part of Nielsen's thought leadership team, where he currently leads Global Engineering R&D for the Internet of Things and Digital Media. Before that, JP spent over two decades building innovative products used by millions of consumers worldwide, including Yahoo Connected TV which won an Engineering Emmy Award in 2011, and the OCAP application platform deployed in millions of US of set-top boxes. JP currently co-chairs the Privacy & Security Task Force in the IoT Consortium, and sits on the W3C Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Boards of IoT World and AI World. He also serves as a judge in the CES Innovation Awards (two categories) and a judge in the TV Emmy Awards (Interactive Media Peer Group), and is a member of ATSC, IAB, CTA and the TV Academy. JP is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including CES, IoT World, Smart Home Summit, IoT Security Summit, IoT Evolution Expo, AI World, AI Summit, Apps World, TiECon etc. He has also published several articles on IoT and AI, including an IoT featured section in the Nielsen Journal of Measurement.


Amena Ali Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Amena leads WeatherBug Home, a unit of Earth Networks. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for WeatherBug Home. Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Amena has more than 20 years' management experience with high-tech firms ranging in size from $10 million to $30 billion. Amena is passionate about game-changing technologies that delight and educate consumers while meeting partner and provider goals. She has deep experience in product marketing, brand management, partner and corporate marketing and business development. Previously, Amena held executive-level positions at EMC, MCI, and Bain & Company. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale University.


Gregory Berkin Gregory Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures
Twitter ID: @GregoryBerkin

Gregory Berkin is the Managing Director of Concours Ventures, a Silicon Valley boutique angel capital group focused on Social/Smart/Mobile/Cloud/3D applications for TV, Tablet, Internet, PC and Mobile markets. Greg is serial entrepreneur who founded several successful start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Berkin has been an Apple software developer for over 30 years founding one of the first educational software development and publishing firms for the Apple Macintosh Computer in 1984. Greg Berkin joined Intel Corporation as Intel's video technology evangelist in 1995, leading the efforts of hundreds of independent software developers (ISVs), consumer electronics (CE) companies and Hollywood studios in the development and introduction of the DVD and Blu-ray formats around the world. Greg was recognized as "1 of the Top 21 Most Influential DVD Executives Worldwide" in the year 2000. Greg is also an award-winning filmmaker, director & producer who has produced documentaries, feature films and digital media for over 30 years. Mr. Berkin's work has screened at international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Las Vegas, San Jose, Carmel, etc. Greg is also Director of Film Angels on Linkedin.com and a member of AngelList & Family Angels. With a computer science degree from Potsdam and an MBA from Duke University, Greg mentors, consults and advises over a dozen Silicon Valley start-ups in early-stage growth, strategy, investment, IP, and development in all areas of high technology. Mr. Berkin is developing a next-generation ADSB data box for private planes and autos. Greg collects and preserves classic Italian vintage automobiles in San Jose, CA.


Dan Berte Dan Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender


Oliver Cockcroft Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, Ayla Networks

Oliver Cockcroft is Ayla’s product lead for platform level features, managing the development of large scale projects the affect multiple parts of the Ayla Platform. Oliver is also responsible for developing Ayla Networks' relationships with members from cloud partners such as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit. Oliver works closely with Ayla Networks' potential customers and clients to help define their connected product strategy and product development plans and then execute them on aggressive schedules.

Before joining Ayla, Oliver held numerous management roles at eBay over his ten years. He most recently was Senior Product Manager and the lead for eBay’s tablet websites, working on new designs and ideas relating to browser-based touch interactions and coordinating a team encompassing design, development and testing. Earlier, he managed eBay’s global websites for mobile and was product manager for eBay on Blackberry and lead mobile product manager for the launch of the Stubhub iPhone application.

Oliver holds numerous patents in mobile technology. He earned his BSc degree in computer science from the University of Hertfordshire (UK).


Jay Darfler Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

Jay Darfler is the Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, a position he's held since May 2016. Jay's career started in finance and corporate strategy for Office Max, learning the fundamentals of business and how to take an idea from inception to commercialization. During his tenure at Office Max, he worked his way from finance to enterprise-level sales to leading the company's entrance into the professional services space, leveraging technology and innovation disciplines. After Office Max, Jay joined Cross Country Home Services where he served as the Vice President, Connected Home and Product Development, and was responsible for CCHS's entire Product portfolio, Connected Home offerings, as well as the company's IoT software platform strategy and development. At ADT, Jay is responsible for the company's emerging market offerings, which includes ADT Canopy, a security as a service platform that is capable of providing secure 24/7 ADT professional monitoring to a wide range of popular IoT devices. Jay and his team were responsible for the successful launch of the first product to boast ADT Canopy security services with the retail introduction of the LG Smart Security camera in January 2017.  In addition to ADT Canopy, Jay and his team have responsibility for ADT's Cyber Security, ADT Health, and ADT Anywhere offerings. They are dedicated to bringing peace of mind to customers of all types, further emphasizing ADT's belief that "Everyone deserves to feel safe."


Casper de Clercq Casper de Clercq, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

With over 30 years of experience, Casper is a veteran of the medical device and life sciences industry, having led marketing and commercialization efforts for companies that span the healthcare space. He brings extensive operating knowledge to Norwest Venture Partners, where he focuses on mid-to-late-stage investments in consumer and digital health, healthcare IT, medical devices and diagnostics, technology-enabled healthcare services, and specialty pharmaceuticals. He currently serves on the boards of iRhythm Technologies (Nasdaq: IRTC), Telcare, Crossover Health, Omada Health, and NextHealth Technologies. Casper was previously on the board of Basis (acquired by Intel) and Intersect ENT (Nasdaq: XENT). Casper is also responsible for Norwest’s investment in Misfit Wearables (acquired by Fossil).


Dan DiClerico Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Advisor, HomeAdvisor

Dan DiClerico is an experienced speaker and thought leader in the real estate, remodeling and home product space. DiClerico joined HomeAdvisor as the company’s smart home expert, overseeing all content related to smart homes and the internet of things.

Prior to joining HomeAdvisor, DiClerico was the senior home editor of Consumer Reports, where he covered real estate, remodeling and other issues. He was also the senior associate editor of Martha Stewart Living and the associate editor of This Old House. DiClerico is a versatile spokesperson who has been featured on CBS This Morning, Fox News, The Today Show and Wall Street Journal Live. DiClerico has also written and contributed to numerous books, including “The Just Right Home” (Workman, 2013), which he co-authored with Marianne Cusato.


Justin Doucette Justin Doucette, Sr. Director, Production Management, Linksys & Wemo, Belkin International

Justin Doucette is the senior director of product management for Linksys, a division within Belkin International. Doucette leads a team of product managers responsible for strategy definition and product development for consumer and commercial products under the Linksys and Wemo brands. Through consumer research, market analysis, and competitive landscaping, Doucette is responsible for the company’s product roadmap with a three to five year outlook. Working with cross functional leaders, Doucette finds the optimal ROI for new product introductions and existing product maintenance while driving top line growth and profitably by focusing on new business opportunities and improving consumer appeal. Doucette and team build products that delight users and create opportunities for the division to meet organizational objectives.


Seth Frader-Thompson Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-Founder and President, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @fraderT

Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat? demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing, and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub's Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR programs. Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots. Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.


Luke Freiler Luke Freiler, CEO, Centercode

Luke Freiler is the CEO and a founder of Centercode, a Customer Validation company that's helped hundreds of enterprise and high growth technology companies build and release successful products. Luke lead the design of the Centercode platform, which enables companies to engage directly with their audiences throughout their development cycles. Prior to founding Centercode, Luke worked for Native Instruments, Ericsson, and Samsung to help develop, test, and launch a variety of consumer and business products.


William Greene William Greene, Product Manager, Energy Services, Nest Labs

Will is a product manager at Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat. In this role, Will oversees the ongoing strategy and development of Rush Hour Rewards and Time of Savings, energy services that Nest offers energy providers to help manage load and save customers money when energy is expensive.

Prior to Nest, Will worked at Greenstart, a design consultancy and venture capital firm. He also served as the CEO of Xite Solar, a company he co-founded using technology developed at UC Berkeley to enable production of high-efficiency, low-cost photovoltaics from a variety of earth-abundant materials. Earlier in his career, Will spent several years at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked as a commercialization advisor for advanced cooling technologies in the newly formed Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

Will holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.


Kal Gyimesi Kal Gyimesi, Automotive Marketing Leader, IBM Watson IoT

Kal Gyimesi leads the worldwide marketing strategy and deployment around solutions for the Automotive Industry at IBM Watson IoT. He previously led the development of new business research for Industrial clients, specializing in the Automotive Industry at IBM's Institute for Business Value. He is the co-author for the recently released studies Automotive 2025: Industry Without Borders and A New Relationship - People and Cars.


Kurt Hoppe Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation - Connected Car, GM


Hakan Kostepen Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director - Product Strategy & Innovation, Panasonic

Hakan Kostepen is an “Executive” Director at Panasonic Silicon Valley Center in Cupertino, CA and responsible for Product Planning Strategy & Innovation for Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. Panasonic Automotive “Global” Product Planning Strategy & Innovation group leads Panasonic Connected LifeStyle Strategy & Innovation Concepts around Panasonic B2B2C touch points around Internet of Things – Connected Car.  

Mr. Kostepen has broad Systems & Software Engineering and Advanced Product Development experience with Panasonic, Ford Motor Company, Visteon, EDS, and US Air Force along with various Automotive “Real Time”  Embedded Systems Applications  and Advanced Automotive Infotainment Systems & Software Development around connected devices.


Ryan J. Lester Ryan J. Lester, Director, IoT Strategy, LogMein

Ryan J. Lester, Director of IoT Strategy at LogMeIn, and his team own the strategic development and implementation for the go to market plan for Xively, an IoT Connected Product Management platform. He is passionate about making the IoT easy and helping companies unlock new value through connected products. Prior to this role at LogMeIn, Ryan held various sales, marketing, and product positions at Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and Eaton Corporation. Ryan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, then a SM in Engineering Systems and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek / Home8

Joe Liu currently leads strategy and operations at MivaTek, a smart home and healthcare service company. MivaTek changes the way people protect their loved ones, property, and possessions with solutions that integrate connected devices, cloud backup, and complete control from a single mobile app. The name MivaTek, shorthand for “Mobile Interactive Video Assurance Technology,” alludes to the mobile-enabled, video-integrated focus at the heart of MivaTek’s core product offerings.

Despite MivaTek’s status as a Silicon Valley startup, MivaTek products and solutions are the product of five years of R&D.

Prior to launching MivaTek in 2015, Liu co-founded and led California-based Oplink Communications, Inc., an optical network company. When Koch Industries/Molex acquired Oplink Communications in 2014, Liu led a team of investors and purchased the Oplink Connected portfolio back from Koch/Molex and used this technology to power MivaTek solutions.

Liu’s background includes engineering and serial entrepreneurship. After earning his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at California State University, Chico, he worked for companies including Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi.


Stuart Lombard Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee
Twitter ID: @ecobee
Website: http://www.ecobee.com

A born innovator, Stuart Lombard’s destiny was set by the age of 12 when he began building a foldable canoe that could be carried around in a briefcase. Today, as the President and CEO of ecobee, he is so committed to his work that he was once seen buzzing around the subway during rush hour wearing a bee costume. Granted, it was Halloween. Why such dedication? Because he’s proud to have founded a product that significantly impacts people’s lives and the environment. When Stuart’s not busy fulfilling his role at ecobee, you may find him running, cycling, undertaking a triathlon or chasing his dog. You may also find him tinkering away on a woodwork project. Trying to finish that foldable canoe? Perhaps.


Arlen Marmel Arlen Marmel, General Manager of VRV, Ellation

Arlen Marmel is the General Manager of VRV, a curated multi-channel platform for fans of animation, games, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, horror, and technology. In his current role, Arlen drives the growth of the newly launched online video experience and collaborates with new and existing partners to deliver premium niche content to the platform. Previously, Arlen was VP of Marketing & Distribution of Ellation, a leading subscription-based online video service that includes brands such as VRV, as well as Crunchyroll and Creativebug. Ellation builds premium video experiences for passionate fans and provides sustainable business models for content creators. As VP of Marketing & Distribution, Arlen supported the growth of Crunchyroll and the strategy, planning, go-to-market, and deals that led to VRV. Before joining Ellation, Arlen was Hulu’s Director of Customer Acquisition and Retention for four years where he oversaw Hulu Plus’ growth from inception to more than five million paid subscribers. Prior to his time at Hulu, Arlen had worked with various media companies such as NBC Universal, Fox, APA, and ICM. Arlen received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA in digital strategy from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.


Elizabeth Mathes Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot


David Meyers David Meyers, Chief Commercial Officer, Grid4C

David is an industry veteran who combines technical and business expertise with a track record of commercializing renewable and energy management technologies. Prior to Grid4C, David led marketing and sales teams at Borrego Solar, DC Systems and EnerNOC, earning a reputation as an evangelist for distributed generation, energy efficiency and energy technology, and helped companies define and execute go-to-market strategies at MeyersLink, LLC. Earlier in his career, David was a management consultant with extensive experience in the global energy, transportation and infrastructure sectors, a professional mariner and naval officer in the Israel Defense Forces. David holds a MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, a MS in Management from Maine Maritime Academy and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).


Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com


Kelemen Papp Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Kelemen is a senior member of the Digital Media and Communications Technology teams at Mooreland Partners with an emphasis on mobile, consumer Internet and e-commerce.

Prior to Mooreland, Kelemen was a Vice President at Rutberg & Company, where he advised clients in the mobile and digital media sectors on a range of transactions.  Prior to investment banking, Kelemen spent several years working in product development for fintech companies.  He helped launch both Curian Capital, a managed accounts platform for custom portfolios, and FOLIOfn, an Internet-based trading platform that enables dollar-based investing.  Kelemen also helped develop the Alternative Display Facility (ADF), an SRO display-only market center, thereby enabling the spinout of the NASDAQ from FINRA.

Kelemen holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BBA in Information Technology from The College of William & Mary.


Jeff Patton Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Products, GE Lighting

Jeff Patton leads the vision and strategy for GE Lighting’s connected home business, and setting the course for the next 100 years of GE Lighting innovation. Jeff is involved in smart product development, partner ecosystem collaboration and oversight of GE Lighting’s connected incubation lab. He has been part of the team charged with launching GE Lighting’s first connected products and overall connected strategy. 
 
Prior to this role, Jeff developed new ideas and ways of working as GE Lighting’s GM Growth and Innovation – FastWorks where he was charged with changing the way GE innovates. He previously served as GE Lighting’s Director of Consumer Marketing. 
 
Jeff brings extensive experience in marketing and management for consumer channels, including General Mills, AOL, Dyson, and Groupe SEB, as well as experience in commercial channels with scientific instruments, holding leadership and engineering positions at HP/Agilent.
Jeff has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Duane Paulson Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President Strategic Development, Nortek Security & Control
Twitter ID: @Duanepaulson

Duane Paulson, senior vice president of strategic development Duane Paulson is a 20-year veteran of the home security, home automation and custom electronics industries. As senior vice president, strategic development of Nortek Security & Control, Paulson leads the company’s product, partner and connected home strategy. For the past two decades, Paulson has served in executive management, business development and marketing roles for some of the best known brands in security and home control. He sits on the boards of several industry associations including the Z-Wave Alliance and the Consumer Technology Association TechHome Division and is a frequent speaker at various international connected home symposiums.


Peter Radsliff Peter Radsliff, VP, Marketing, Arrayent


Tom Rivers Tom Rivers, VP, Connected Car Marketing, Harman

Tom Rivers is the Vice President of Connected Car Marketing for HARMAN. He has proven success in improving business through a disciplined approach to analyzing the market and competition, building the product with the voice of the customer, and creating winning sales, product and branding strategies. Prior to HARMAN, Tom held US and international sales and marketing roles at Ford Motor Company and also served as Senior Vice President at Nielsen Global Automotive.


Jerome Rota Jerome Rota, Chief Scientist, Usability, Greenwave Systems

Jerome Rota is the inventor of the groundbreaking DivX video compression format and a software development and engineering visionary. He’s held leadership and advisory positions for DivX Inc., Parentella, Anametrix Inc. and PacketVideo - NTT DoCoMo. Jerome currently serves as Chief Scientist, Usability, for the trailblazing global Internet of Things (IoT) software and services company Greenwave Systems, where he brings his expertise in long-range strategic planning, product management and marketing to bear on refining usability and the end-user experience. He is a notable commentator on functionality and connected devices whose writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal.


Jennifer Sewell Jennifer Sewell, Product Marketing Manager, mnubo

Jennifer is Head of Product Marketing at mnubo, a data-driven leader in the global IoT market with Analytics and Data Science as-a-service experts for equipment manufacturers. Jennifer leads the company's product marketing, as well as branding and go-to-market strategies. She supports the business development and sales team with key insights on market trends and manages the company's worldwide partnership ecosystem.

Jennifer graduated from John Molson School of Business (honours) with a double major in Marketing and Finance.


Michael Yang Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Michael Yang joined Comcast Ventures (CV) in 2009 as a Managing Director based in Palo Alto. He leads CV’s investment activities in the Internet of Things and healthcare. Some of his portfolio companies include August, BodyMedia (acquired by Jawbone), Accolade, Healthline, CreativeLive, and KiwiCrate. Prior to joining CV, Michael was a VP/GM at Yahoo!, a principal at Atlas Venture, and a member of AOL’s Business Affairs team. Michael has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Moderators


Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Dina Abdelrazik joined Parks Associates in 2016 as a part of the Consumer Analytics research team. She currently studies market trends and consumer behavior, focused in emerging technology products and services.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.


Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Researcher, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Kristen Hanich studies digital and connected health and mobile trends across the globe. Kristen is a trained anthropologist with skills in ethnography, development/programming, and geoanalytics. She has a background in the areas of health behavior and epidemiology.

Kristen is completing her Master's thesis for a duel anthropology and public health degree between the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her B.Sc. in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in GIS.


Glenn Hower Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @GlennatParks

Glenn Hower currently studies entertainment content and delivery services. Glenn is experienced in entertainment content production and distribution systems with a particular emphasis on radio, television, and film content.

Glenn earned his BA in music with a focus on the music business and industry from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his MS and MBA from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.


Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Jennifer manages Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. She acts as an internal advocate for Parks Associates clients and leads the company’s efforts at conceptualizing and implementing digestible, relevant research presented in an optimal manner. Jennifer is always looking at the most effective ways to provide research to Parks Associates clients.

Since joining Parks Associates in 2009, Jennifer has worked on the mobile and health research team, specializing in the connected health, mobile payment, and connected car markets, as well as the consumer research team, analyzing consumer data related to the connected home and consumer electronics markets.

Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics, and society and an M.A. in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Industry Expertise: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications


Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.


Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Brad Russell explores leading-edge issues in connected consumer electronics, robotics, IoT data privacy and security, and machine vision applications. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad balances the art and science of marketing research to generate insights that lead to more astute business decision making and value-generating practices.

Brad received his BS degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned MDiv and DMin degrees from two leading seminaries with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural leadership.


Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @PatriceatParks
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music


Brett Sappington Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a senior director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services


Hunter Sappington Hunter Sappington, Researcher, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @ResearchHunter
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Hunter Sappington currently studies trends and innovation in connected consumer electronics including devices such as game consoles, smart TVs, virtual and augmented reality headsets, drones, and robotics as well as a variety of smart home devices.

Hunter earned his BA in New Media Journalism with a focus in advertising from Baylor University in Waco, TX.


Harry Wang Harry Wang, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @HarryatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Harry Wang studies the consumer electronics and entertainment service industries with a focus on portable CE hardware, software, and associated applications and services. He is also the lead analyst for Parks Associates’ digital health research program. Harry has presented his research in numerous industry events including CES, Digital Hollywood, Photo Marketing Association Annual Show, American Telemedicine Association Annual Show, World Health Congress, and Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ conferences.

Harry earned his MS degree in marketing research from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds an MBA degree in finance from Texas Christian University and a BA degree in international business from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, P.R. China.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications, Digital Imaging Products and Services


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