Post By Simon Montford on Dec 4 2018
On Friday 30th November I attended the VCT and EIS Investor Forum in London. The event enabled private investors to meet fund managers in person and learn how different VCT and EIS funds compare. The event featured an expo, cinema, exhibition space, and seminar room where talks and panel debates took place throughout the day. Attendees were given the opportunity to gain industry insights and understand what is going on more generally across the entire small-cap equity market landscape.
Post By Simon Montford on April 12, 2018
automatica is the leading exhibition for Smart Automation and Robotics. The trade fair will take place in Munich from 19 – 22 June 2018, and products on display will range from components, robots and systems to entire production facilities. Mobile World Capital Barcelona will be present and will bring a number of outstanding international startups as part of their delegation to support the continuous global transformation of robotics and smart automation.
Guest post by Jakub Lubonski on October 13, 2016
I'm the CEO of a Polish technology company that has been intensively working for more than a year on creating the perfect bin, which can recognise, categorise, and sort trash as it is placed into it. The Bin-e is a response to the growing problem of segregation of garbage in places where waste is produced the most. According to recent statistics, every year Europeans produce over 213 million tons of garbage, of which only 30% is recycled!
Posted By Simon Montford on June 15, 2016
The Europas is an annual conference and awards ceremony for technology startups. The event was organised and hosted by technology journalist Mike Butcher MBE, and took place yesterday (June 14) in London, at The Grand Hall at Old Billingsgate. As tech conferences go, it was a reasonably relaxed affair, with no VIP lists or sectioned off areas in order, to facilitate networking and knowledge transfer between attendees.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 7, 2016
There are some fantastic events coming up later this month! Some of the highlights include IoT Tech Expo (Berlin), IoT Global Innovation Forum (Barcelona), and the Europas Conference and Awards (London). Unfortunately I can only attend one of them as they are taking place concurrently in three different major European cities. In the end I plumped for the Europas, because the founder and organiser, Mike Butcher, invited me well in advance. He also happens to be someone I've known for many years, and he kindly invited me to host a 20 minute panel titled "IOT: What Happens when Everything is Connected?", which was an offer I simply couldn't refuse!
Guest post By Raph Crouan on May 15, 2016
Back in March I launched the Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices accelerator in London, and since then we’ve been working hard to find and meet the best IoT hardware startups across the world. This search has taken us to a number of cities already, including Stockholm, Taipei, Berlin, and most recently a visit to Bangalore.
Posted By Simon Montford on May 5, 2016
In an ideal world all buildings constructed today would be "smart buildings"; intelligent spaces that use cutting edge design and construction methods, eco-friendly materials, and automated technologies to reduce environmental impact, and improve the comfort, safety and well-being of occupants.
Guest post By Rob Dobson on April 1, 2016
Things related to the coming day are forgotten pretty routinely in the morning rush, especially in relation to children. I’ve made a couple of things to help with this in the past (a calendar-printer and projected calendar) – but both of these assume that parents or children bother to look at them in the morning. Recently that hasn’t been happening and we’ve missed a few music lessons and the like which occur at irregular times during the week.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 6, 2016
Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona from the 22nd-25th February 2016. It is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, and I was there to cover the show. Here's a selection of photos and videos taken during my week in Spain. As it was my first time attending the conference, I found it overwhelming! Due to the bus and metro strike, getting around the city was a major challenge, but getting to and from the conference centre was a breeze compared to the real challenge of finding my way around the vast series of halls that played host to thousands of the world's leading mobile technology companies, with the exception of Apple.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 25, 2016
Scottish tech startup Nautilus Beam Ltd (based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom) came second last night in the prestigious TechCrunch Pitch-Off that took place during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Co-founders Dr Tim Willis and Simon Montford pitched their smartwatch text app Tusi to a crowded room of tech startup entrepreneurs, and a panel of investors. In addition to winning tickets to TechCrunchDisrupt New York in May, the founders also won a 4G-enabled Panasonic Nubo camera. Immediately after their successful pitch, the company released a public beta of Tusi for Google Wear devices, which is available to download for free from Google Play.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 1, 2015
Omate announced today that they will be holding a flash sale of their new 3G enabled smartwatch, the Omate Rise, exclusively on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The company will be accepting pre-orders from 3pm GMT / 10am EST on Monday December 7th, for a 48hr period. Backers will be the first in the World to wear the Rise when it becomes available to them in March 2016, instead of June.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20 2015
From hero to zero, the Zano drone failed to take off. Having been one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of 2014, the team behind the doomed project concede defeat. The company raised over £2m worth of pre-orders from 12,000 supporters, and it now appears that the majority of those that paid £170 to own one will have nothing to show for it.
Posted By Nicola Osborne on Oct 29 2015
18:15 - 18:20 Simon Montford (WEB3//IOT) @simonmontford
The theme tonight is the maker revolution – the opening up of industrial technologies to amateaur makers. Maker Culture contributes 30 billion to the global economy, so this is a big and growing thing, with Internet of Things at the centre (the recorded livestream can be viewed here).
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 16, 2015
Within only three hours, Eero received $100,000 (£65,000) in pre-orders, and two days later they amassed over $1 million (£650,000)! Goes to show that if you can solve pain points that consumers immediately identify with, extracting money from their wallets can be as easy as pie! Of course I don't mean that in a bad way, because those that hand over their cash are more than happy to do so if the technology acquired makes their lives better.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 27, 2015
FishBit is an aquarium monitoring device that enables owners of tropical fish to remotely control and monitor their tank's water composition. After developing the idea for fun, the team decided to quit their day jobs, join a hardware accelerator programme (Highway1), and pursue the project on a full-time basis. Based on the success of their Kickstarter campaign, it looks like they won't be needing their jobs back any time soon!
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 26, 2015
Canary, the complete home security system, is about to go on sale in the States at a RRP of $250. The Canary received a great deal of attention when the company exceeded its funding goal of $100,000 on Indiegogo, back in July 2013. The Canary attracted an impressive two million dollars' worth of pre-orders, and also closed an additional $10 million round of funding led by Khosla Ventures.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 8, 2014
The Keen Home Smart Vent, is a smart home air vent that promises to enhance the efficiency of the central HVAC airflow. The company has raised $1.52 million and hopes to have their product available to purchase by Spring 2015.
Actually everyone within the IOT industry should care as well as the millions of people and businesses that will one day be interacting with connected devices that will make up the "Internet of Things" and the "Industrial Internet of Things". The current technology us humans use to communicate is just too expensive and power-hungry for M2M communication.
Posted By Simon Montford on Sept 19, 2014
Almost ubiquitous connectivity has suddenly made the impossible possible. Dumb objects of almost every kind that have filled our homes, offices, warehouses and factories are starting to come alive! The Internet of Things (IOT) represents an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and professionals of all kinds from software engineers and material scientists to structural engineers, data scientist and industrial designers. By installing processors and sensors onto hardware, magical things can happen when connected wirelessly to the Internet directly or via a smartphone.
Posted By Simon Montford on Sept 18, 2014
GrabCAD is a bit like ‘Github for engineers.Teams working on CAD systems can sync local CAD files to cloud projects, track versions and lock files to prevent conflicts. They can also use it to exchanged CAD models. One of the greatest benefits is that there is no need to reinvent the wheel in the event that someone else is willing to provide an existing design. The GrabCAD boasts the world's largest collection of free CAD files.
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