Internet of Things: Dealmaking
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – 1:00 PM ET

By next year, nearly 6.5 billion objects ranging from light bulbs to medical devices in operating rooms will be connected to networks. By 2020, Gartner projects that objects inhabiting the Internet of Things are expected to grow to 20.8 million. Cisco is more bullish, suggesting that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. The IoT is driving growth and M&A in sectors from telecom, software groups, device makers and others.

Obtaining data from networked devices was behind IBM’s acquisition of Weather Co., which tracks information from 50,000 airplane flights per day and connects with 150,000 personal weather stations via its Weather Underground site. IBM hopes to capitalize on weather information with its Watson artificial intelligence operation.

The opportunity in IoT was part of HP’s motivation in paying $3 billion for Aruba Networks earlier this year. PTC’s fast-growing IoT initiatives are built around the acquisitions of ThingWorx, Axeda, Cold-Light, and Vuforia. Startups such as Glassbeam have emerged to analyze the data collected from networked machines.

Join our panel of experts on January 27th as we look at the opportunities in IoT, and to help assess some of the pitfalls.



Daniel Perez
Director of Business Strategy, Venue Virtual Data Room
RR Donnelley

Daniel Perez is Director of Business Strategy for RR Donnelley's Venue virtual data room platform, with responsibility for the strategic marketing and branding direction for Venue globally. Daniel has been with RR Donnelley 4 years, and prior to joining RRD, he worked at both NBC Universal and BBC America in the digital media and marketing divisions in New York. Prior to moving to New York, Daniel worked both as in-house and agency marketing roles in Las Vegas, as well as executive producing a television series for the City of Las Vegas. Mr. Perez holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Psychology from Pepperdine University and a MBA from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University.

Expert Panel

Erik Laykin
Managing Director
Duff & Phelps LLC

Erik Laykin, CHFI, CEDS, JMG is a Managing Director and Founder of the Global Electronic Discovery and Cyber Investigations Practice at Duff & Phelps LLC.

As an early pioneer in the cyber investigations field in the mid 1990’s Erik has assisted hundreds of foreign and domestic clients on issues such as complex electronic discovery, computer forensic disputes, investigation of cyber-crime, malware and viruses, trade secret theft, corporate espionage, systems failures, intellectual property disputes and other challenging information technology disputes. On many of these matters Erik serves in Federal or State Court as an expert witness, Independent Neutral or as a court appointed Special Master.

Erik regularly comments on emerging technology risks at international conferences and for the media. He provides education on cyber related issues to law firms, corporations, government agencies and universities. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association Computer Forensic Expert Witness committee, active with the ABA IoT committee, is a current President of the Forensic Expert Witness Association and is the past President and Pacific-Rim Director of the FBI’s Infragard Program.

Erik newest book “Investigative Computer Forensics” was recently published by John Wiley & Sons.

Bridget Karlin
Managing Director, IoT Strategy and Technology Office
Internet of Things Group
Intel Corporation

Bridget Karlin is the Managing Director of the Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for Intel’s IoT Platform Product Marketing and for managing the IoT commercialization and product marketing strategy across Intel's assets, including development of strategic business objectives, driving industry and partner marketing alignment to deliver foundational IoT technologies for IoT solutions and services. Bridget also works closely with global government agencies and organizations to help drive policy and programs that leverage IoT to deliver value through business and social transformation across a global marketplace.

Prior to Intel’s IoT Group, Bridget served as the General Manager of the Intel Hybrid Cloud business, managed Intel’s Datacenter Software portfolio synergies and has held executive management positions with CompuCom, KPN/Getronics, Redleaf Venture Capital, Union Bank, and was President and co-founder of Thinque Systems. She serves on the advisory board of Zynstra, and on the CTA Board of Industry Leaders. Bridget brings over 25 years’ experience in building successful technology businesses and driving innovation.

Michael Schrage
Research Fellow
MIT Center for Digital Business

A fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School's Initiative on the Digital Economy and a visiting scholar at Imperial College’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, Michael Schrage is author of ’The Innovator’s Hypothesis’ [MIT Press 2014] and ‘Who Do You Want Your Customers To Become?’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2012]. His research, writing and advisory work focuses on the ‘behavioral economics’ of models, prototypes and experiments as collaborative media for managing ‘innovation risk.’ His current research explores how ’network effects’ influence investment in innovation and human capital. He’s conducted non-classified research and program reviews for the Defense Department and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on cyber-conflict and complex systems procurement issues.

An angel investor in several digital media and ‘machine learning’ start-ups, he is a featured and top trafficked blogger on the Harvard Business Review site. His work has been published the Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Nikkei Asian Review, the CACM as well as other peer-reviewed publications.