Building networks that can expand and survive the internet of things, plus some tips on crowdfunding

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Getting things online is an essential element of the internet of things, but the way that people can do it is expanding greatly. In this week’s podcast my colleague Kevin Fitchard and I discuss how companies like Facebook are expanding internet access, how companies like Fon are building data-sharing services on top of Wi-Fi and how peer-to-peer networks can make the internet of things more available, cheaper and resilient.

We also are including a panel from our Structure Connect show last week that features Kate Drane from Indiegogo and Rachel Chalmers from Ignition Partners discussing how to avoid alienating your crowdfunding backers in case of a sale, as well as whether or not an entrepreneur should take venture capital. So put in your headphones or glide into the HOV lane and enjoy the show.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Fitchard and a reprise of a Structure Connect panel featuring Tom Krazit, Rachel Chalmers of Ignition Partners and Kate Drane of Indigogo.

  • The secret to Facebook’s isn’t drones, it’s carriers
  • How peer-to-peer networks could help establish cheaper connections for IoT
  • Will Ford sell cars or transportation?
  • How to avoid a crowdfunding disaster after an exit event
  • Do you really want venture capital?

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A peek at the Peq hub expected at Best Buy and making the trains run on time

Don’t count out cellular. It could still win with the internet of things

Face it: The internet of things isn’t going to develop like the web

LIFX plans to move beyond lightbulbs with plans for a switch

How much data can one smart home generate? About 1 GB a week.

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