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The Top 25 Female Founders of the IoT Startups

The Top 25 Female Founders of the IoT Startups

Sandy Carter, CEO of Silicon-Blitz, IoT Community Advisory Board

Brian Buntz, Content Director IoT Institute

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By 2020, more than half of new business processes and systems will have an element related to the Internet of Things, predicts Gartner. And by 2022, Cisco predicts the IoT market to be worth $14.4 trillion.

The IoT is already driving a new era of innovation as data flows from sensors and devices located across the globe, creating an unprecedented influx of unstructured and structured data.

But in the end, it’s not really about big data. It is about having the right data.

Getting the most pertinent data, however, can be tough for established companies. Startups—especially those led by women—are playing a crucial role in this regard. Getting the right data into the hands of those who can use it, female founders are leading the way – whether it is in healthcare, education, fashion, construction, car maintenance, or other sectors.

There is a growing amount of evidence pointing to women’s leadership role in the domain of IoT data. Successful startups have twice as many women in senior positions than unsuccessful companies, according to a Dow Jones VentureSource analysis of 3000 venture-backed IoT companies.  The Dow Jones research also found that women-led startups use 40% less capital and are more likely to survive the transition from startup to an established company. A study titled “Breaking Through: Harnessing the Economic Potential of Women Entrepreneurs” found that women-led  businesses grew four times faster than male-owned businesses over a five-year span.

To honor the achievements of women in the IoT field, I have pulled together a list showcasing the talents of 25 females. Now this was not an easy list to pull together.  Since the Internet of Things involves working with hardware (sensors) and software (for data and analytics), it requires researching this entire spectrum of activity.  I sent notes to dozens of influencers in Silicon Valley, New York City, Singapore, India, Israel, London, Germany, and beyond.  I attended pitch competitions and IoT hackathons and was sometimes the only woman in a full room.  (There’s not a lot of women in the halls of these startup activities – but that’s for another article.)

Three major insights from all these women:

  1. Women must help women in order for us to move forward.  This is not about competition but helping one another succeed.  Alicia Asín
  2. We must be radically generous with the next generation.  They need us as role models. Anina Net
  3. Peers can be amazing mentors.  You don’t need a Unicorn CEO to teach you about your next level.  Learn from everyone.  Bryn Jones

In the end, these 25 women of IoT startups rose to the top. Let me know if I missed anyone!   If you are a female founder, please take our survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/926WVMZ

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A wearable I need ! What is it?

First Fitness Tracker Designed For Swimmers (Compliments to Ray Hammond for his future trends)

Yes, since my injury I have been doing a lot of PT in the pool.   But there really hasn’t been a FitBit that shows me how I’m doing!

It had to happen – iHealth has launched Wave, a swimming tracker that aims to help improve performance in the pool.

The wrist-based device is designed to work in and out of the pool, and will count daily steps, activity and active time.

However, it’s in the pool that Wave really comes into its own. It’s capable of recording stroke type, number of strokes and calories burned, and displays the information in iHealth’s MyVitals 3.0 app, before offering a full report on your session.

Fascinating! First wearable to …..

First Wearable To Analyze Your Saliva (compliments to Ray Hammond on his future trends!)

Your spit says a lot about your health, and now there’s wearable technology being tested to track it.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated a mouth guard with electronic sensors that can detect concentrations of certain chemicals in saliva. Such a gadget could be useful to soldiers, pilots, athletes, and even hospital patients.

The group recently revealed a new sensor that can detect the concentration of uric acid—an elevated concentration of uric acid in the blood and urine has been associated with various metabolic disorders.

This is the second sensor the group has made for the mouth guard. Last year, it showed that it was possible to measure lactate—elevated concentrations of which have been associated with muscle fatigue, among other things.

The device wirelessly transmits the information it collects to a smartphone or computer via Bluetooth Low Energy, a technology that consumes much less power than classic Bluetooth.

Singapore Startup Makes Waves in Creating Innovative Internet of Things Smart Grid Technology!

Some exciting Internet of Things news out of Singapore this week! Congratulations to gridComm for winning this week’s Singapore pitch competition and moving along to the next virtual challenge stage of IBM SmartCamp 2015!

So what is GridComm all about? To put it simply, they are building energy-aware smart devices that react to conditions on the electricity grid and implementing an Internet of Things network based on the existing power grid. That’s why we say they are absolutely making waves in building Smarter Cities!

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To put it more specifically, gridComm aims to transform cities into smart cities by providing the power line communications semiconductors, devices and systems that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid. By connecting utilities to their customers, gridComm’s semiconductors, modules and DIN Rail PLC modems help transform meters, streetlights, homes and industrial buildings, and other appliances into energy-aware, “smart devices,” which react to conditions on the grid.

The Singapore team was very excited to award gridComm the winner after hearing an excellent pitch, watching the team remote control a street light, and for their commitment to a smart nation initiative!

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gridComm plans to host their startup on IBM Softlayer and use analytics from Watson and Bluemix.

Again, a warm congratulations and thank you to gridComm and to all startups who participated in this year’s IBM SmartCamp Singapore!

Follow gridComm’s story on Twitter at @compareandshare. For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

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