Your Connected World: What Did You Sign Up For?
Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
We’re already on a speedy path to a fully connected life whether you’ve embraced it or not. People now have the convenience of stringing together various products – from wearables that talk to your thermostat to smart washing machines and refrigerators – to aid in making life more seamless, thanks to the Internet of Things.
But how risky is this for you and I? What about privacy? How will my data be used? Are my non-connected devices now useless?
Scott Weiss, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman will discuss the impact connected products have made on our lives thus far, which industries are heating up for adoption and what can be expected next. What does the fully connected life look like? How long will it take to get there? Hear from a seasoned investor and entrepreneur on the front lines as they paint what the connected future will look like – and how you might be able to help build it.
Founder & CEO
Ben is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky. His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parents’ house and the founding of an iPod ...Show the rest
Ben is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky. His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parents’ house and the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie. After mophie won “Best of Show” at MacWorld 2006, Ben discovered his passion for involving people in the development of new consumer products. When mophie was acquired in 2007, Ben focused his efforts on bringing his idea of ‘social product development’ to the next level. After two years of research and development on the unique technology platform, Ben publicly launched Quirky in June of 2009. A passionate and opinionated speaker, Ben talks Quirky, products and design to audiences around the world. In 2007, Inc Magazine named Ben the top entrepreneur in the country under the age of 30. He was 20 at the time. Other than participating in the development of awesome new products, Ben’s favorite things include his niece Lily, Jay-Z, cool kicks and black t-shirts.Hide the rest
Scott Weiss is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and holds a finance degree from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After bouncing from Texas to Boston, S...Show the rest
Scott Weiss is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and holds a finance degree from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After bouncing from Texas to Boston, Scott transferred out to Palo Alto in 1996, where he landed as employee no. 13 at Hotmail. After years hooked on the Silicon Valley, Scott founded IronPort Systems with Scott Banister in late 2001. After growing the company into a 450-employee, $200 million run-rate enterprise security company in six years, they sold to Cisco in 2007. About six months after the acquisition, he was promoted to GM of Security and took over most of Cisco’s security business including the ASA/PIX firewalls, IPS/IDS, SIEM and the IronPort product lines. For a variety of reasons, Scott had scratched venture capital off the list until he met with Andreessen Horowitz and heard their vision for growing a firm that “we would want to raise money from”. He joined them as the fourth general partner in April 2011.Hide the rest