Are parking hassles an Internet thing of the past? And connected seat cushions!

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One of the first published articles I ever wrote was a gem called “Parking is a bitch” in my college magazine. Back in 1998 that was certainly the case, but 15 years later sensors, mobile connectivity and real-time data analysis is finally giving consumers the opportunity to find street parking while cruising city streets.

In this week’s podcast I interview Zia Yusuf, president and CEO of Streetline (see disclosure) which is connecting parking spaces for major U.S. cities. The resulting app tells people where their best chance of finding an open parking space is and helps cities set demand-based pricing. In Los Angeles, parking fees have actually gone down on average.

Before we get to parking, I chat with my colleague Kevin Tofel about building a connected chair that will share his presence with his IM software and the pitfalls of two new connected home hubs I installed over the weekend. We’re looking for ideas on the chair projects, so feel free to listen up and share your thoughts in the comments or via twitter.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Kevin Tofel and Zia Yusuf, president and CEO of Streetline

  • Kevin has a presence problem and won’t buy a $4,000 desk to solve it
  • Why must the internet of things be so hard?
  • Connected parking is a gateway drug to IoT for cities
  • How the consumer can find parking in a connected world


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Disclosure: Streetline is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.