Wearable Devices: The Next “Smart” Platform

Wearable Devices: The Next “Smart” Platform
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Cemex Auditorium
641 Knight Way, Stanford, CA

Leveraging the SmartPhone ecosystem and Moore’s Law, entrepreneurs are launching a new class of small wearable devices. These general purpose compute platform devices are about to disrupt the world of consumer electronics and embedded devices, because they provide modern UIs and open Software development environments.

Start-ups, and giant global companies like Sony Ericsson and Motorola target the wrist as the beachhead, to launch these new platforms.

Will entrepreneurs re-invent Watches, Consumer Electronics, Sporting gear, Medical equipment, etc. Will the devices work as clients to Smartphone or the Cloud or both? Will entrepreneurs build Apps and services for Wearables, as they did for Smartphone and Tablets? We explore these questions, plus the challenges of start-ups creating Wearable Platforms.

Rafe Needleman, Editor at large, CNET

Dan Eisenhardt, CEO, Recon Instruments
Tim Twerdahl, VP Product, WIMM
Bill Geiser, CEO, MetaWatch
Rich Redelfs, General Partner Foundation Capital

Rafe Needleman, Editor, CBS Interactive
Rafe has been covering technology for over 20 years, 7 at CNET. He critiques mobile apps and startup companies, and runs a weekly tech issues podcast, Reporters’ Roundtable. He recently launched a new series for entrepreneurs, Startup Secrets. He also reports on bad PR on his blog, Pro PR Tips.

Dan Eisenhardt, CEO, Recon Instruments
Dan has extensive management consulting experience working on complex client projects in international teams across a wide range of companies and industries. He was previously Director of Strategy & Business Planning at Bavarian Nordic, a leading public biotech company based in Denmark. Dan left his corporate career and relocated to Vancouver to deploy his business insight and management skills for Recon. Dan holds a Masters in Industrial Management from Aalborg University and an MBA in General Management from Melbourne Business School.

Timothy D. Twerdahl, Vice President, WIMM Labs
Tim is a consumer electronics veteran, with a track record of delivering critically acclaimed and commercially successful products. As WIMM Labs’ VP of Product, Tim leads the marketing, product management, and user experience teams. Tim joined WIMM Labs from Roku where he was Vice President in charge of marketing and product management. Prior to Roku, Tim led product management for Netflix’s Internet TV initiative. Tim has also held senior product management and marketing positions at Motorola, Palm and Time Warner. Tim earned a master’s degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College. Tim holds fourteen patents for consumer electronics products.

Bill Geiser, CEO, Meta Watch Ltd.
Bill Geiser is the CEO for Meta Watch Ltd. Meta Watch is a design and technology development company focused on reinventing the watch as a glanceable display for mobile devices and web services. Meta Watch is a spin-off of Fossil Inc.’s connected watch business, where Geiser served as the VP of Watch Technology. Geiser began focusing on wrist-based applications in 1994 when he founded Strokz Digital Sports, a company that developed watches for competitive swimmers and triathletes. Since then, Geiser has focused on connected watches functioning as glanceable displays for simplifying the mobile user experience.

Rich Redelfs, General Partner Foundation Capital
Rich joined Foundation Capital in 2004 with more than twenty years of start-up and corporate networking and communications experience. Previously, he was President and CEO of Atheros Communications, the leading Wi-Fi semiconductor supplier acquired by Qualcomm in 2011 for $3-billion. Prior to Atheros, Rich was VP and General Manager of 3Com’s Wireless and Home Connectivity Division where he pioneered home networking. In prior roles, Rich was COO of Polygon, a communications software start-up and TeleVideo Systems, an early leader in personal computers and networking. Rich currently serves on the boards of ACCO Semiconductor, Dust Networks, and Transphorm, and previously Mobius Microsystems (IDT), Prematics (NaviNet), SiBEAM (Silicon Image), Atheros Communications (Qualcomm), and Ventiva. He has a BSIE from Purdue and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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