Author : Dave Friedman

  • Reflecting on re:Invent – A Founder’s View

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Nov 26, 2018

    This week I will be at AWS re:Invent along with several other Aylians, and it occurs to me that we continue to have an amazing ride as we evolve and grow our 6 year old cooperation with AWS.

  • The Ayla Journey: From the Kitchen to High Growth

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Jul 27, 2018

    I like to say that before founding Ayla back in 2010, I came from a failed chip company. While I was working at the company – ZeroG Wireless – it became increasingly clear that while we were focused on the right market, we were trying to solve the wrong challenge.

  • What Will Ayla Do with Our Latest $60 Million Investment?

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Nov 2, 2017

    Ayla Networks just closed a $60 million Series D funding round to accelerate our growth. So what does that mean? On the surface, it means we have established a leadership position in a very large, fast-growing market. Gartner expects that spending on IoT devices and services will reach $2 trillion in 2017.

  • Sunsea Investment and Partnership Poises Ayla for Dominance in China

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Sep 11, 2017

    Ayla has fostered in a global view of IoT since the early days of the company. Based in Silicon Valley, we have always had a strong presence in North America as we built out our business.

  • Jetsons, here we come! Ayla announces C round of funding

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Jun 27, 2016

    Ayla was born just about six years ago in my kitchen.  We had a theory that the Internet was on the verge of expanding to connect "things," and we saw a massive opportunity for a platform providing IoT software and services.  Moore's Law, smartphones, infrastructure as a service and the massive rise of IP networking were all coming together to make the timing feel right.  

  • Chasm Crossing with the IoT

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 19, 2016

    Companies that succeed in IoT will be those that cross the chasm toward mainstream acceptance through rigorous attention to quality. Imagine the challenge of launching a technology product that has to work on Windows, Mac, iOS, and various Android variants. Now multiply that complexity by 1 billion. That's the challenge manufacturers face in the coming age of the Internet of Things.

  • Repeating the Past: Different this Time?

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 11, 2016

    Humans have a natural tendency to draw on the past to explain and interpret the present – and predict the future.

    To predict where the IoT is headed, it’s helpful to look to past trends, to see how other markets “crossed the chasm”—in Geoffrey Moore’s terms—from early adoption to more mainstream acceptance.

  • To measure is to Know: Lord Kelvin and the IoT

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 8, 2016

    What’s the connection between the Internet of Things and Lord Kelvin, the 19th-Century physicist best known for creating the absolute temperature scale? It’s the idea that if you can measure something, you can improve it.

    Lord Kelvin spent his illustrious career creating instruments to measure everything from electrical currents to oceanic depths and tides. He would surely have appreciated the potential for IoT measurement and analysis.

  • Attention IoT Manufacturers: Prepare to Test, and Test, and Test

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Feb 26, 2016

    The Internet is expanding, and it now seems inevitable that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be huge. Like the PC and mobile markets before it, the IoT has all the right technologies in place to emerge as the next massive market worldwide.

  • 2016 Trend: IoT is Coming of Age

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Feb 4, 2016

    Just over six years ago, a couple of us started Ayla Technologies — in my kitchen. Back then, an article about the Internet of Things might appear every six months or so. The IoT was definitely not a “hot” segment for investors, and the term “Internet of Things” was more likely to be met with questions than enthusiasm.

  • Ayla is the Onramp to AWS for the IoT. Turn here now!

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Oct 9, 2015

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) made a slew of announcements at the AWS: Reinvent show in Las Vegas this week. In addition to something called AWS IoT, they introduced services with interesting names such as QuickSight, Kinesis Firehose and Snowball. If you’re a manufacturer that offers—or wants to offer—connected products for the IoT, what do all these AWS announcements mean to you?

  • IoT = Change. But Why Change? Part 2

    Posted by Mark Wright , Dave Friedman on Oct 1, 2015

    [This is part 2 of a two-part post.]

    At last summer’s Global IoT Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center, speakers gave concrete examples of change in manufacturing, urban, social and business contexts being driven by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. They made the connection between the IoT and benefits such as efficiency, improved user experience, product enhancements and tangible value creation.

  • The Value is in the Data, Not the Thing

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Sep 28, 2015

    Today marks an important milestone in Ayla’s development: We are launching Ayla Insights , which will give our customers the ability to see and use data about their products in a whole new way. Ayla Insights is an extension to our IoT platform that will change how manufacturers design and deliver their products.

  • IoT = Change. But Why Change?

    Posted by Mark Wright , Dave Friedman on Sep 24, 2015

    [This is part 1 of a two-part post.]

    Complaining about neighborhood issues—potholes in the street, graffiti appearing on a utility box or street sign, an overgrown hedge making it hard to see approaching traffic—is an age-old pastime. So is moaning that the local municipality is deaf to the complaints.

  • Get To Know The Four Types Of Data In The Internet of Things

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Aug 13, 2015

    Status, location, personalization, and action.

    Big data is one of the greatest economic opportunities of our time. It’s also incredibly vague. You’ve probably been in conversations where the different participants were using “big data” to refer to (a) large amounts of data; (b) data sets that exceed the capabilities of traditional databases; or (c) the software tools employed to analyze the data sets in the first two definitions.

  • Celebrating IoT Day 2015...

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Apr 9, 2015

    Who would have thought that ‘IoT’ would ever reach the vaunted status of having its own holiday, but today we’ll take a moment to celebrate annual IoT Day!

  • Why Recreate the Wheel?

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Sep 9, 2014

    Close your eyes and imagine this scenario: a VP sales approaches the CEO and says that she knows there are a lot of great sales tools out there, but she wants a budget to build sales tools that are especially well suited to their business. It will only cost $500K to build, and then just a few hundred thousand each year to keep it running. Well, maybe it will cost more. Now imagine that CEO’s reaction.

  • Solving IoT at the CIO level

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Aug 20, 2014

    CIOs face significant challenges when it comes to IoT. The demands from each of their business units are becoming much more fragmented than at any other time when they have been deploying technology. Here’s why: previously, they were integrating major systems, whether it was the backend systems like ERP, computers, or mobile devices of their various constituents.

  • Which Platform Should Your Products Support? How About “All?”

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Jul 7, 2014

    The Internet of Things market sure is getting busy. Google, Apple, Quirky and others have recently announced plans to bring order to the chaos of applications and provide a seamless consumer experience for the home automation market. Not to be outdone, several retailers and service providers also have announced solutions targeting the consumer. Lowes, Staples, and most recently, Sears have launched home initiatives while AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and several others are promoting a path toward a combined service platform.

  • Internet of Things: Why Now?

    Posted by Dave Friedman on Jul 3, 2013

    The Home of the Future has been a dazzling dream for decades.

    And, until now, it really hasn't worked out well. Automated homes and futuristic kitchens have been a staple of the World's Fair since the 1920s, but it's a good bet that you don't have shelves that sink into countertops at the push of a button or a voice-activated oven at home. In the 90s, the Internet-enabled refrigerator and appliances like 3Com's Audrey for surfing the web from a countertop came and went quickly.