Reporting on the Internet of Things

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VC Market Dynamics Affecting IoT  -SVB

Reporting on the Internet of Things

The most viable IoT: Healthcare IT, Energy Efficiency, and Enablement technologies, this and more in the new Silicon Valley Bank report.



The Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) strategic advisory experts have just put out a new report on the Internet of Things. This analysis explores the market forces, financing dynamics, and then looks at niche markets such as enablement, connected healthcare, and energy efficiency.


The Internet of Things (IoT) was coined by then product manager at Procter & Gamble, Kevin Ashton, back in 1999. Kevin wrote that “If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best. The Internet of Things has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did. Maybe even more so.”


The SVB’s IoT report covers advancement in technology that has poised the IoT for a renaissance, and looks at the promise and hurdles ahead. It calls out the gap between the offering of large tech companies and the areas where growth is strongest. And it states that investors are shying away from IoT technologies until the benefits can be quantified.


Niche Spotlight - Enablement IoT report SVB

The IoT encompasses a vast number of sectors such as Communication, Connected Healthcare, Monitoring, Enablement, Energy and Environment, Meter/Utilities, Enterprise and IT, Heavy Industry, Retail and Commerce, Smart Buildings, and more.


IoT companies are faced with funding challenges. Venture Capital funding of IoT is facing imbalances in supply and demand. There are more angel or seed financed companies now than there are institutional funds to continue to fund them as they move into series A stage.


SVB reports that to successfully bring a product to market and expand (Series C and beyond), $30M+ in total invested capital is required on average. Lack of investment may be attributed to things like s hardware development, inventory management, long sales cycles, and/or slower than expected up-take.


The most viable business cases have been in Healthcare IT, Energy Efficiency, and Enablement technologies. IoT enablement technologies are the base upon which all other IoT products are built, and while experiencing strong growth, these are also experiencing increased cost of goods sold and operating expenses.


There are certainly great socio-economic benefits to come from the Internet of Things. Capital to fuel the innovation will continue to be allotted slowly as investors watch for proven quantifiable business cases.


Read the full SVB Internet of Things report online.


About SVB Analytics Strategic Advisory Service

For over 30 years, SVB has been at the center of the venture capital world, reviewing business models and providing valuation services to thousands of early-stage disruptive companies. Because of this, SVB Analytics’ strategic advisory service has access to unique data that allows us to make both grounded valuations of companies, and forecasts of new markets that help investors evaluate opportunities with leading early-stage businesses.


Clean Energy Trends 2013 From Clean Edge Inc.

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Clean Energy Trends 2013


Clean Energy Trends 2013 Report from Clean Edge, Inc.

From Clean Edge Inc.


Clean Edge, a leading authority on the clean-tech market, released its 12th annual Clean Energy Trends report.


Last year was a challenge for the clean energy sectors. Layoffs, bankruptcies, decreased funding, and politics, beleaguered the industry. This year, politics are in play again; assaults on state-backed renewable portfolio standards are being mounted on several fronts.


There is plenty of good news too however.


The need for clean tech hasn’t gone away however. The world population continues to expand, straining precious resources of clean air and water. Climate change has undoubtedly played a role in an ever increasing number of weather disasters. The Obama administration has redoubled efforts to grow renewable power and energy efficiency. Clean-tech is increasingly competitive in terms of pricing, wind and solar are reaching cost parity in both utility-scale and distributed markets. Read more »

IT Employment Steaming Along – Staffing Companies Staying Busy

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IT Staffing Companies Staying Busy


A Few Little Dips in the Last 12 Months, But Overall Great Upward Trajectory Hitting a New All-time High in April


TechServe Alliance, made up of tens of thousands of IT & Engineering staffing and solutions firms, clients, consultants and suppliers, tracks industry jobs via the IT Employment Index.


Over the last year, there have be a few dips in the Index, but April saw another all-time high with IT jobs hitting 4,424,200 (0.24% growth over last month, and 5.1% since April 2012). Read more »

Hiring Trends – Tech Needs Talent!

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Hiring Trends Silicon Valley Bank

Hiring Trends – StartUps Silicon Valley Bank

Tech Needs Talent!

Clean Tech and High Tech Trends

Eighty seven percent of technology startups plan to hire new employees in 2013, which is great news for tech talent. But it means competition for companies trying to attract and retain excellent human capital.


A new report by Silicon Valley Bank shows that in the US, hiring by technology, life science and cleantech companies is up 14% from four years ago when the annual survey began. Software companies plan to do the most hiring, with 90% planning to increase the size of their workforces this year. Read more »

Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

Filed under: Compensation, High Tech / IT / Software, Industry Info, Tech Trends

Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

Choice Salary Tech Ranges - Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

Choice Salary Tech Ranges – Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

from the Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide


“Money may not be all IT employees consider when choosing to join or stay with your firm, but it’s certainly one of their key benchmarks.”

Attracting and retaining top tech talent requires a concerted plan. To attract the best and brightest, companies must be dynamic and growing, and must provide a work environment and benefits that motivate employees.

A lot of leading edge tech companies offer gyms, free healthy lunches, child care, transportation, flextime, work from home, and professional development opportunities in addition to good health insurance, 401Ks, and options. As the market improves, the competition over top talent only becomes more acute. Whether actively looking for new opportunities or not, top talent is being pitched on a consistent basis. In addition to these perks and benefits, your employees are shopping salaries. Read more »

Affordable, Scalable Clean Energy Storage and Reuse – A Revolution for the Hydrogen Economy?

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A Revolution for the Hydrogen Economy?

Clean Tech Trends

An exciting new discovery has been made by Canadian scientists that would allow the electrolysis of water for hydrogen generation. The discovery would allow renewable energy to be stored and reused at a cost of 1000 less than technologies previously developed.


One of the biggest impediments to affordable renewable energy use on a mass-scale has been timing. Peak use does not necessarily coincide with peak production of wind and solar energy, and storing the energy has not been an affordable option.


Such energy is clean and renewable, but it’s available only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. The new technology opens the door to homeowners and energy companies being able to easily store and reuse solar and wind power.

Read more »

Redfish Technology Inc. Acquires in Surprise Move

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Redfish Technology Inc. Acquires in Surprise MoveRedfish Technology Acquires - Poisson d'avril


Completely unforeseen by industry analysts, Redfish Technology pulls off a surprise acquisition of Redfish will now offer even more extraordinary value to both candidates and client technology companies.


April 1, 2013 – Sun Valley, ID / Milpitas, CA / Newport, RI


Redfish Technology, Inc. (NYSE:RED), a leading nationwide recruiting company focused in the high tech and cleantech sectors, announced today that it has acquired from Dice Holdings, Inc. This acquisition marks Redfish’s expansion into the career website market.


“Dice Holdings approached me last quarter about acquiring Redfish Technology,” reported Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “Redfish’s growing number of clients and the increasing hiring made us a logical complement to the voluminous technology talent that Dice encompasses.” Read more »

Crowd Funding Economics – Web 3.0 Community Financing Meets Social Networks

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CrowdfunomicsCrowd Funding Economics

Web 3.0 Community Financing meets Social Networks

Tech Trends

There’s been a huge roar building around crowdfunding and the marketing implications are clear. The democratization of accessing capital sped through Congress at a speed previously thought unachievable, led by the Crowd Fund Advisors. Crowdfunding platforms raised almost $1.5 billion in 2011, doubled to $3 billion in 2012, and is predicted to double again to $6 billion in 2013.


Crowdfunding can take various forms: Lending, Reward, Donation, and Equity. The forms currently legal in the US include the first three. In lending crowdfunding, funders receive interest income from their loan and expect repayment of original principal investment. In reward crowdfunding, there is a non-pecuniary benefit. Donation crowdfunding provides for not return and is purely philanthropic.


Equity crowdfunding allows companies to raise startup capital by selling small amounts of stock online to a large number of buyers. Read more »

“The Run Off” – One Week From Today. Who Will Be the Winner?

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“The Run Off” – One Week From Today. Who Will Be the Winner?

Play to Win $100 Starbucks Gift Certificate

Win a $100 Starbucks Gift Certificate as the Redfish Recruiters Square Off to Settle the Office Squabble Once and For All


One week from today, the recruiters at Redfish will put to rest the office debate of “Who Can Run Farther” Play on Redfish’s Facebook page to enter drawing for a $100 Starbucks gift certificate.


How often does an office squabble result in a $100 Starbucks gift certificate for the audience and a run to the finish for our local heroes? “Not often enough,” stated Leah O’Flynn. “The winner of the race will earn eternal bragging rights, and maybe the rest of us will get a little peace.”

Taking it to the street, in an all-out race to the finish, Greg Schreiner and Logan Knight, IT Recruiters, will face off to settle the question of who can run farther once and for all in “The Run Off” on March 22. The last man running will earn eternal bragging rights.

“I’ve voted. Have you?” chuckled colleague Jon Piggins. “Just “like” the Redfish Facebook page, join “The Run Off” event and vote for one of these guys and you could win a $100 gift certificate.” Read more »

Redfish Technology Hits 20,000th Job Order, 2013 Outlook Great

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20000th Job Order

20000th Job Order

Redfish Technology Hits 20,000th Job Order

2013 Outlook Great  


Announcing the 20,000th job order received in March 2013, Redfish Technology, provider of nationwide executive high tech and clean tech recruiting services looks forward to a great year in 2013.


“I wish I could have filled them all,” stated Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology, with his classically dry wit. “We have however doubled production a couple times over the last few years, and 2013 looks set to top last year already.”


Job placement highlights over the last 12 months include filling roles such as Insight Architect, PHP/LAMP Developer, RVP of Sales, VP of Engineering, Account Manager, Business Development Director, Inside Sales Representative, Central Regional Sales Manager, Senior Value Consultant, Chief Technology Officer, and Director of Channel Sales. Read more »