SpinDance is serving as a Mentor for the Seamless Accelerator, a coalition of world class enterprises providing new market opportunities to IoT startups located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a Mentor company to Seamless, SpinDance is providing in kind services to help the IoT startups progress their business to the next level. This blog first appeared as a guest blog to Seamless.
Back to the beginning.
When I first heard the term “Internet of Things,” it was 2006. I had just joined my friends, Garrick Pohl and Budd Bentley, to help them launch the fledgling Crayon Interface.
We set out to conquer the growing connected world, armed with visuals Garrick would create, showing a variety of environments all connected through a software back-end service (intended to be ours) and available for monitor and control purposes on a mobile phone (using apps we would develop in J2ME). We targeted companies who had products in these environments and told them about the coming Internet of Things and how they needed to get their products connected. We approached companies with products ranging from lighting to door locks to thermostats to appliances to video cameras to garage doors to vehicle security systems to office furniture to home security solutions to dog collars to bicycle locks to . . . well, you get the picture. We covered a lot of ground,…