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Funding IoT startups - A Panel Discussion

This is our last talk of 2013 and we'll cap off the year with one of the most important topics for any IoT project - Funding.

We have invited an all-star panel of investors to share their experiences funding IoT projects. We'll discuss what it takes to get the attention of angel investors, VCs and crowd-funding platform, and what you need to know about the each funding method.

We hope to see you all there!

We are looking for 2 volunteers to help us manage the check-in process - the first 2 volunteers will get into the event free! Please contact us for details.


Rob Coneybeer. Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

Rob has always loved building things that go fast. He started his career as an aerospace engineer and auto engine tester, then became an investor in early stage technology companies. Over the years Rob has supported more than 100 founders in their quests to build lasting businesses.

Rob is looking to work closely with entrepreneurs who are creating disruptive approaches to mobile and networked devices, as well as technology applications that leverage novel infrastructure technologies. He is particularly interested in high-risk startups that are rapidly scalable, impact the lives of millions of people and connect the "real world" to the Internet, whether via smart phones, low-cost sensors, or other devices.

Rob is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in smartphone-based businesses, collaborative consumption and The Internet of Things.

Shasta Ventures invests in the Internet of Things space with companies including Nest, Mocana, and Ouya.

Cyril Ebersweiler.  Venture Partner, SOSventures

Cyril is a venture partner at SOSventures and the founder of the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China, Chinaccelerator ( He just founded HAXLR8R, an accelerator for hardware-related startups ( is mentoring at Techstars, 500startups and OnLab, at the board of several startups and advise some others in Boston, San Francisco, Beijing and Shanghai.

Cyril is the most prolific investor in the hardware space with more than 40 companies boosted under his influence, while advising early companies such as LEAP, gTar and Formlabs. Cyril lives in 'Hardware Central', aka Shenzhen.

Kate Drane. Hardware Marketing Director, Indiegogo

Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s Hardware Marketing Director. She is responsible for all aspects of business growth for the platform’s design and technology categories and has led many companies, including Misfit Wearables, Scanadu and Canonical, to secure funding on Indiegogo.


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  • Chris N.

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Chris N.

    Hey folks - We just posted this, in case anyone's thinking about selling your hardware to chain stores some day...

    How to Sell Your Crowdfunded Invention to Best Buy


    November 22, 2013

    • Devarshi S.

      Thanks Chris! That's a pretty insightful post..

      1 · November 26, 2013

    • Chris N.

      Cheers, Devarshi. :) More to come I hope.

      November 26, 2013

  • Matthew B.

    Had a great time. Only complaint was it was a bit hard to hear people speaking.

    November 19, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Thanks for coming out and the feedback, Matthew! Where did you sit during the panel discussion? We'll adjust the A/V volume accordingly next time.

      November 20, 2013

    • Danny T.

      Great event, guys. Thank you. The audio was good in the back seating area. There did seem to be a lot of people coming in and out, and every time, the back door bangs shut loudly. I noticed the speakers and audience were a little distracted by it.

      November 20, 2013

  • Neil H.

    Alfred, Excellent discussion and networking, thanks so much for organising it. Thanks to the panel for sharing their thoughts. Its really helpful to hear the industry view and different issues that you see.

    2 · November 20, 2013

  • Chris N.

    Great meetup last night, Alfred. Thanks for organizing! A lot of smart things were said on stage, and a lot of great people were met off of it. :)

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Rafael L.

    Thanks to the organizers for setting up what turned out to be an excellent meetup, and to the panel for doing such an excellent job with questions and advice. The time before and after was also great for mingling and networking. Both Juraj and I, co-creators of dynartify, look forward to the next IoT meet!

    2 · November 20, 2013

  • Devarshi S.

    Hi folks, here's a livestream of the event :

    November 19, 2013

  • Madeline

    Hate to miss it but doing a session at the Founder Institute. Please send a link to the recording if you make one!

    November 8, 2013

    • Devarshi S.

      Hey Madeline - no worries; hope to see you next time! We'll certainly put up a recording!

      November 8, 2013

    • Godfrey

      Same here, unfortunately won't be able to make it. Will look forward to the recording. Thanks Dev!

      November 18, 2013

  • Jayna S.

    Sorry this won't fit in my calendar. My company does have production capabilities relevant to the IoT hardware community, and I hope there will be discussions relevant to this topic in the future.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Scott J.

    Sorry I can't make it, I'd love to come but I'll be out of town

    November 5, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Hope to see you next time, Scott!

      November 5, 2013

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