It seems like every other article I read about the Internet of Things lately is about Big Data. You hear about billions of devices and exabytes of data. How are we going to store it? Report on it? Secure it? But most of all how are we going to analyze it to unlock the secret profit level that is apparently buried inside of all those magical ones and zeros? As we turn the calendar over to 2017 I honestly think the answer needs to be “Who cares? Let’s just make useful stuff first”.

I know all of the marketers and…


I’m writing this piece partly to state my thoughts on how IoT is done right in the current market but also as a rebuttal to Ryan Pierson’s article The ridiculous world of single-use IoT devices. In his article he makes the case that the Amazon Dash button is a prime example of a class of “gimmicky” IoT devices that under-deliver because they don’t “provide actual value to your life.” In his own words “Do we really need a dedicated button in our home to resupply our cache of Slim Jim meat sticks?” My simple response to that question is yes…


This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending National Maker Faire in Washington D.C. It was two days packed with awesome displays, talks, and people. I had a chance to make a ton of great new connections in the maker world and got a great look into the current state of making, as represented by the various booths and attendees. These are my main takeaways from the faire.

The Future of Tech Is In Good Hands

By my very rough and unscientific estimation I would say there were at least as many and probably more kids attending the faire than adults. It was absolutely amazing to…


We pull up to the drop-off at the airport. I tell my wife I love her and kiss her goodbye before making my way around the van to tell all my kids goodbye. “Be good for your mother. Be good helpers. I love you guys. I’ll see you on Friday” I lean into the very back of our van from the passenger side sliding door to give one last hug to my oldest daughter. She hands me a piece of paper that is folded as many times as an 8 year old can manage. …


Why Corporate Time Tracking is Broken for Creative Work

Last Friday I watched a movie. No big deal right? Friday nights are a great time to sit down and catch a flick. Only I didn’t wait until Friday night. That’s right. I spent the first 96 minutes of my work day watching the original Tron and it was awesome.

The problem came when I had to fill out my weekly timesheet. Which of the 75 carefully-crafted-by-corporate-america buckets do I put the Tron time in? And therein lies the dilemma. You see, the story could just end there. I ditched work…


Update: So I wrote this entire article last week but before I posted it I had a great idea. “I’ll ask Gary Vaynerchuk (arguably the top social media expert out there) how he thinks hockey teams should use Snapchat.” I was lucky enough to have my question accepted to the #AskGaryVee show and he answered it. This is the part of the show where he answers my question:

http://youtu.be/g8lGg2TA-T0?t=2m45s

The following is the original article I wrote before Gary’s response and have not edited it. …


The Internet of Things is all the rage lately. It seems to be all that tech sites want to talk about and therefore what a ton of startups want to work on. I’ve been watching this space closely for the last 5 years and I can’t help but compare hardware, in it’s current iteration, to being just like kitchen gadgets on the Home Shopping Network (link intentionally left off). What do I mean by that? Well, let’s talk about apples for a minute.

Apple Tech

Not the kind that comes with 64GB of flash or a digital crown. I’m talking plain old…


A plea from the bowels of Corporate America

Hi, my name is Kevin and sometimes I write software for a Fortune 500 company. I say sometimes because an astonishingly large portion of my time is spent, well…not writing software. I take mindless legal quizzes because a handful of people out of thousands don’t know how to NOT sexually harass their coworkers. I sit in hours of “strategy” meetings because management can’t figure out why the impossible thing they’ve asked for but haven’t defined (and that we don’t even need) isn’t finished yet. I take hours of support calls even though nothing is wrong with our software just because…


Why thinking big isn’t always the best solution

One of my favorite Gary Vaynerchuk quotes comes from a talk he gave at the Web 2.0 Expo.

Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself: What do I want to do everyday for the rest of my life?…Do that!

Gary goes on to explain that now, more than ever in history, is a great time to turn your passion into a viable source of income. It was in this same talk that he coined the phrase “Smurf It Up”. I’ve tried to apply this idea in my own endeavors while also encouraging others to do the same. In talking…


An abbreviated guide to corporate meetings

Having worked as a software engineer in a corporate environment for almost a decade I have found that the only constant in the world of enterprise software turmoil is meetings. Lots and lots of meetings.

I have come to realized that large companies actually truly believe that meetings will make anything and everything all better.

As if meetings are the magical elixir that will cure all corporate ills.

In a large corporation, however, meetings normally serve purposes that have nothing to do with solving actual problems. …

Kevin Sidwar

Obsessed with teaching people about #InternetOfThings. Diehard @capitals fan. What can I do for you? Instagram: sidwarkd

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