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Path to Profit in IoT. Build, Buy, or Partner.

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We are going to be addressing our most popular topic from our community survey we held in January - how to make money in IoT. If you're in IoT as a hacker, in an IoT Startup, or in business figuring out how to make money in the Internet of Things - this is the meet up for you.

Jen Nowlin from Accredent will host a panel discussion about "The Path to Profit in IoT." We are have 3 guest panelists, one to focus on each subject - Build (Dr. Cora Leibig), Buy (Bob French), and Partner (Tim OBrien).

About our panelists:


Jen Nowlin is a principal at Minneapolis based Accredent, a 9 year old pioneer in IoT connected data driven business. As a Radio Frequency Engineer with a passion for connecting people and things, Jen has worked across the complete IoT value chain over a wide range of use cases with hundreds of companies, from start-ups to large enterprises. With over 20 years of experience, Jen works with companies on engineering strategic growth for the business side of IoT.



Dr. Cora Leibig is the founder and CEO of Chromatic 3D Materials, a company focused on developing innovative, disruptive materials for the 3D printing industry. Dr. Leibig has 20 years of professional experience in the materials industry: prior roles include VP of R&D and COO at Segetis, a VC-backed startup company, and Research Director at The Dow Chemical Company. In all of her efforts, she seeks to marry technology innovation with unmet needs in the market, and invest in technology that can accelerate business growth.

Cora earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997, and her M.S. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 1993. She is married with four children.



Bob French
Chief Evangelist 75F
As co-founder of a top U.S. interactive agency, a media-on-demand kiosk network, and LED lighting business, Bob has an unusual understanding of both the technology and marketing sides of business.

Bob is also Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business where he mentors business students and startups.



Jeff Barnes is a Principal Systems Engineer and manager of Test Engineering in Digi International’s Wireless Design Services (WDS) group (formerly Spectrum DSI) that provides rapid development, testing, certification and production assistance for cellular, wifi, bluetooth, zigbee and other RF based embedded designs. In addition to Jeff’s over 25 years of experience in all things related to software he has been instrumental in creating cost effective functional test systems for the explosion of connected products with embedded antennas requiring over-the-air testing. Jeff has system engineered dozens of customer products that started with “a great idea” and are now profitable products servicing the IOT industry. He is currently the manager of the Digi WDS Test Engineering group responsible for device verification testing and production line functional tester design.