By Ana Cecilia Flores, Co-Founder.
June was an exciting month for me as I got the honor to join a group of 42 exceptional women entrepreneurs from all over the world for an in-person training for Vital Voices GROW (VV GROW) in Amsterdam. Outstanding leaders coming from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, Swaziland, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.
VV GROW is a yearly training that help women leverage vital business skills and knowledge to expand their business. Through mentoring, training and one-on-one coaching from business experts, women who participate in the VV GROW Fellowship have access to personalized business assistance that helps them take the actions necessary to reach their goals.
The in-person training resulted in an experience that went beyond obtaining and sharpening business skills to solidarity and sisterhood among the fellows, and a journey of individual reflection.
Here are some of my thoughts and findings. I hope this can inspire other women entrepreneur anywhere around the world to create spaces that encourage these type of interactions.
There is magic when women get together.
1. We are all driven by a personal cause. As we got to know each other better and share personal details of our stories and how we got started, I was very impressed to learn that we all were motivated by a very deep personal story that drive change and motivated us to pursuing goals that made us stretch ourselves out of our comfort zones.
2. Even-though we all come from very different geographies, running different businesses in completely different industries, I noticed that most of us often limit ourselves by the thought that we are simply not good enough. Even when facts are showing us otherwise, we still experience this feeling of self-doubt that makes it harder for us to go after new opportunities, explore potential areas of interest, and put ourselves out there in a meaningful way.
3. The good part is that courage was overflying the room all the time! The boldness and bravery to face tough challenges. Even when some of us expressed a sense of fear in one or other way, none of the 42 women hesitated for a second that we were going to take the next step, acting without fear of failure.
4. We are all change-driven more than just looking for success. There is this deep understanding that we can become agents of change and use our businesses and leadership to make that happen.
5. Digital is a great enabler to bring the world closer but making the time for personal connections is more important than ever. I met some of the women since the beginning of year as we shared online trainings, presented ourselves and exchanged thoughts and ideas. Meeting all of them in person was a game-changer. It created a strong bound and sense of belonging that I feel will last for a very long time. It got me thinking how many relationships in our businesses and personal lives could benefit from the power of personal interactions.
So for all the women entrepreneurs in different communities, reach out! Create your own networks!
Women have the power to share with no limit and create a sense of sisterhood that help each of us thrive!
PH: Vital Voices
The status of the Smart Home Industry
You’ve heard of smart homes before. But, to be real honest, it's very hard to understand how the industry is progressing and the benefits it brings.In this infographic you will find some in-depth information about smart homes. Here follow a couple reasons why smart homes will change your business strategies.
There is a growing demand for voice control capabilities in smart home products. 72% of Americans with smart devices want voice control capability. So whether you’re a manufacturer or a service provider. You need to make sure you develop products or services that are compatible with voice controlled devices.
Smart Homes Save Money
This technology has some useful applications. Smart thermostats are able to save about 20% off yearly warming and cooling costs. 45% of American smart home owners save an average of $98,30 per month. Use this technology effectively to lower the overheads and utility bills of your business.
America Leads The Revenue Charts
America spent $19,827 billion on smart home technology in 2018. They spend most of all the countries worldwide. This market is showing signs of rapid growth. Get in the game whilst it is still early. Earn customers’ trust and cash in on the sales to come.
Top Security Measures
62% of American smart home owners regard great security as the top benefit of owning this technology. 3 out of 5 Americans buy products with which to monitor their homes through their smartphones. You can use these same smart security products to monitor your business. It may even help to track and improve your employee productivity.
What You Need to Know About Successful IoT Deployments and Hybrid Environments
While the Internet of Things (IoT) is shaping up to become one of the major technology disruptors over the next several decades, there are still obstacles around security, data storage, connectivity, and overall cost. According to this 2017 McKinsey survey, 62 percent of corporate executives believe that IoT will have a "very high" and/or "transformative" impact on their industry.
There isn't any question that the ability to capture new streams of data, which can then be driven through highly sophisticated analytics platforms, will change the world as we know it. This paradigm shift, and its potential, simply needs the right platform and hosting mix to kickstart the inevitable change.
In 2018, there were an estimated 17 billion devices connected to the Internet. Yet, this number is expected to skyrocket to over 55 billion connected devices by 2025. Imagine the pressure on the current levels of on-premise and off-premise cloud hosting capabilities.
When more industries adopt edge computing, 5G will become mandatory. And then, 5G can enhance edge computing. In fact, higher connectivity speeds would be necessary for specific technologies where computing needs to be performed in as close proximity to the device as possible. Some of these types of technologies include:
Still, worldwide 5G implementation will take several years. Without a doubt, a feasible--and long-term--solution is needed immediately.
As noted above, IoT deployment requires devices to interact and monitor their environments. Currently, there are few providers who are adequately equipped to provide the right platform and hybrid hosting mix to store and secure the data.
Companies need to find effective methods for increasing their server capacity without overwhelming their resources and budgets. As a result, a solution of this sort needs to be multi-level, hybrid in nature, and available on-demand. In every situation, the data collected from IoT deployments is only as reliable as the hosting platform. Nonetheless, there are huge benefits to a successful IoT deployment including:
When IoT first gained a foothold in the disruptive technology vernacular, many companies were transitioning their on-premises hardware and software to the cloud. Given the state of necessary IoT deployments today, that may not have been the best decision. While on-premises software is quite reliable in terms of privacy, security, and performance--it is not as cost-effective in terms of resources and the associated hiring costs for managing the software and hardware.
On the other hand, enterprise companies--with massive amounts of data--can expect exorbitant costs to manage their information in the cloud. While on-demand cloud services do make pricing more competitive, there are other costs which add up such as cloud data storage and the CPU. If your company needs to manage 100 million sensors, the costs of doing so in the cloud will quickly add up.
A Hybrid Solution
To enable a cost-effective, successful, and efficient IoT deployment, companies should consider a hybrid environment of both on-premise and cloud solutions. This option ensures companies are not limited and can benefit from utilizing both types of environments. For instance, Webee's end-to-end solution is designed to incorporate critical facets for on-premises models from local data management to edge computing and security. Plus, the cloud hosting addition can facilitate device connectivity and databases throughout several on-premises environments.
One such example is of an organization who needed to manage 500,000 sensors. Unfortunately, a pure cloud hosting environment became cost-prohibitive. As a result, Webee cultivated an on-premise instance which could run the huge amounts of data. Furthermore, all the data was captured, but only specified portions of the data was sent to the cloud. As a result, this company lowered their overall cloud hosting costs while taking advantage of a secure and efficient means for deployment. Now, they could truly see the impact this unique solution had on their ROI.
Currently, the potential of IoT is underdeveloped. Still, there is quick and widespread adoption of IoT devices. The remarkable potential can already be felt. For successful deployments, businesses need a hybrid and multi-level solution. As you can see, there is no time like the present to use the right mix of platforms ensuring the necessities of flexibility, connectivity, proven ROI, security, and efficient storage management.
Last week, Vital Voices Argentina celebrated the 10th edition of it's Annual Summit honoring Argentinean women that took the challenge to go beyond its fears and transform their environments. Webee's Co-Founder Cecilia Flores participated as a speaker to share her story and insights about what it means to be a women in the tech world today.
Voces Vitales is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 with the mission to create space for women to be heard with the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities and that the world can not move forward without their full participation. Vital Voices invest in leaders because they take responsibility in improving societies. o
The Annual Summit of the Argentinean chapter gather international speakers members of the Vital Voices Global Partnership and local speakers that generate an strong impact in their communities and are leaders in promoting gender equity.
The event took place in the cities of Buenos Aires and Cordoba, and a third conference in Salta, her home town, gathering more than 1000 women entrepreneur and young leaders.
Learn more about it here, and some insight from Cecilia on how her vision of entrepreneurship on this article.
Webee IoT platform enables innovation for the large enterprise through no-coding drag and drop tools.
The Silicon Valley startup launched a complete suite of IoT applications that enable the enterprise to develop IoT solutions up to 80% faster lowering costs and accelerating deployment from months or weeks to hours.
Webee just launched the first visual iot platform that relies in no-coding visual drag and drop tools to remove the typical complexity of existing current solutions. “We believe in the power of technology to help the enterprise onboard in the IoT world and quickly see the ROI of the technology, lowering costs, accelerating the deployment and accessing data in real-time to optimize their operations with minimum impact”, says Lucas Funes CEO & Founder at Webee.
This new industrial approach includes some revolutionary solutions developed with Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic). As one of our customers, Panasonic, has found our visual-no coding approach can translate to extremely fast and affordable IoT applications that deliver immediate ROI to our customers “As a partner, Webee helped us bring our touch-based IoT innovations to life and our first customers are helping us to see full scope of applications across many industries,” said Yushi Nakamura, Senior Manager of Electromechanical business division (EMCBD) in Panasonic and “Founder of ENY project”.
Webee is presenting at the annual CES in Las Vegas with Panasonic to unveil IoT solutions enabled by an end to end platform that includes a full scope of applications across many industries. An energy-harvesting battery-less button that simplifies the user experience and controls more than 500 devices, and a Touch ID verification wearable device solution.
This highly flexible, easy and convenient system is design to add efficiency to many different environments including residential, senior housing, hotel, offices, and factory among others.
These solution will be demonstrated during the Vegas show at CES / Tech West (Sands, Halls A-D, booth #40060). You can also find them at Z-Wave Pavilion Sands #41717
Our CEO selected for Stanford Latino Entrepreneur
Our CEO & Founder Lucas Funes was selected with other colleagues from across the United States to be a part of the third cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3).
Only 77 Latino entrepreneurs from across the United States were selected by the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) to be a part of the third cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3).
The applicant selection criteria was developed to rigorously target those companies that have received market and/or investor validation.
SLELP3 business owners are part of an elite and talented group of innovators and business leaders whose drive, work ethic, and ambition will help to grow our economy and communities acrossthe United States. Learn more about this program here.
Webee continues to grow its non stop innovation journey in order to deliver the best posible experience at all times.
Kudos to Lucas and the Webee team!
The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of leading companies in the home technology dedicated to solidifying Z-Wave as the standard for wireless home control products. Alliance members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, energy conservation, safety and security.
Webee Smart Home Hub Smartee (SM2001) is now Z-Wave Plus® Certified. Smartee (SM2001) have passed rigorous interoperability test to ensure it integrates seamlessly within the Z-Wave Ecosystem.
Z-Wave technology is an open, internationally recognized ITU standard (G.9959). It is the leading wireless home control technology in the market today, with over 1200 certified interoperable products worldwide. Represented by the Z-Wave Alliance, and supported by more than 300 companies around the world, the Z-Wave standard is a key enabler of smart living solutions for home safety and security, energy, hospitality, office and light commercial applications.
What's does Webee Smart Home Hub offers users by being Z-Wave Plus® Certified?
Have any questions about this certification? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Being Smart in a Smart industry
Gartner's Cool Vendors research helps CIOs and other top IT leaders stay ahead of the IT technology curve, while making better strategic decisions about technology and services.
The "Cool Vendors in the Connected Home, 2016" report shows how vendors are focusing on design, intelligence and ease of use of devices.Designed to learn from user's behaviors, Webee Smart Home Hub automates IoT devices so consumers don't have to focus on a device while using it.
Webee technology that blends with users regular life was designated as one of the Cool Vendors of 2016 by Gartner
“Webee is an intelligent connected home solution that goes beyond simple automation and remote control to learn from the user's behavior and environment to proactively offer predictions and recommendations. Central to the system is a video streaming home hub, called the Smartee, that, once connected to the home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, automatically discovers other Webee devices, as well as third-party smart devices in the network, and integrates them into an intuitive interface that can be controlled through a mobile app, a desktop portal or a TV dashboard.
(…) Another differentiator of Webee is that it integrates with the video entertainment aspect of the connected home. Its hub can be connected through an HDMI connection to turn the TV set into a smart TV and integrate video functionality into the connected home experience."