The DIY Internet of Things

One of the benefits of having kids is they give you an excuse to explore areas you thought you no longer had time for. First, it was building elaborate train track systems, then it was hours-long Lego marathons. And now? I’m thinking DIY Internet of Things. It’s been around for a while already. Since the […]

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Zap! Applying the Power of Digital to the Electricity Grid

The largest (connected) machine in the world In 2000, the National Academy of Engineering named the U.S. electric power grid as one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century, one that’s known as the largest machine in the world. This machine has more than 200,000 miles of high-voltage lines (>230 kV) and 3 million miles of distribution circuits. […]

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Disruptors: At a Bank Near You

Recently I spoke about a topic now quite familiar among bankers: the disruptive impact new competitors are having on the industry. Companies like Lending Club, On Deck, PennyMac, SoFi are changing the game with entirely new business models. Banks recognize the threat these companies present, and they are responding with digital, mobile and other strategies. But […]

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