Everything is Connected: The Promise of the Internet of Things

From the smart home to wearables, we live in a world where everything is increasingly connected. This panel will explore the future of the IoT, and the opportunities and challenges for investors, entrepreneurs, and consumers

Hyuk-Jeen Suh joined Samsung Ventures joined Samsung Ventures in 2012 and is the head of the Samsung Ventures East Coast office.



Panel Lead: Hyuk-Jeen Suh

Director, Samsung Ventures

Before joining Samsung Ventures, Suh worked at JP Morgan investment banking in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group. Prior to JP Morgan, he was the global senior business development and marketing manager at MEMSIC, a semiconductor startup with clients in the automobile and consumer electronics industry. He led the global marketing strategy, which contributed to the successful IPO of MEMSIC in 2007. 

Suh was also a senior research engineer at Sequenom, a biotech startup. He conducted research on DNA biochips and led joint venture projects with Hitachi and Samsung to successfully design and launch high-throughput bio instruments. He began his career at Intel Corporation as a process engineer, leading yield improvement projects, which contributed to one of the highest yield rates in Intel history for the Pentium microprocessor.

Maria Thomas

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Twitter: @pesmou & @smartthings

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Panelist: Maria Thomas

Chief Marketing and Consumer Officer, SmartThings

Maria is Chief Marketing and Consumer Officer at SmartThings, a start-up recently acquired by Samsung which is creating an open platform for the smart home. Previously, Maria was CEO of Etsy and SVP/GM at NPR Digital. She started her digital career at Amazon.com. In 2008, “Business Week” named Maria one of the Most Influential People on the Web. Maria is also a long-time advisor to MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative, serving on its external advisory board since its inception."


Mike Phillips

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Panelist: Mike Phillips

CEO, Sense Labs

Mike Phillips has been active in the technology world for over twenty years.  In 1994, he founded SpeechWorks based on technology that he and others had developed at the Spoken Language Systems group at MIT.  Over the next ten years, Mike and team grew SpeechWorks from a small startup in a new marketinto the market leader in the now established market for speech enabled call center solutions.  In 2003, SpeechWorks was acquired by ScanSoft (now named Nuance).  Mike stayed on as the CTO of ScanSoft for two years after the acquisition.

 In 2006, Mike cofounded Vlingo to focus on speech based interfaces for mobile phones.  Vlingo quickly became the leader in the emerging category now known as speech based virtual assistants and partnered with key players in the mobile phone industry.  In 2012, Vlingo was acquired by Nuance.  Mike stayed on until the fall of 2012.

Mike is now the CEO of Sense Labs, which is creating systems using deep analysis of electrical use in homes to provide detailed information about the state of devices in the home for improving energy efficiency, increasing reliability, and providing a sensor network for home automation.

Zaid Ashai

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Twitter: @zaidashai & @PJCVenture

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Panelist: Zaid Ashai

General Partner, Point Judith Capital

Zaid focuses on Energy Efficiency investments including the Firm’s investments in Nexamp, Power Assure, Powerhouse Dynamics, Retroficiency and MyEnergy (acquired by Nest). Prior to joining Point Judith, Zaid worked at Good Energies, a global Energy Technology venture capital firm beginning in 2007 and in that role spent the majority of his time focused on investments in next generation technologies in energy efficiency.

Zaid joined Good Energies from HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity firm based in Boston, MA. As an associate at HarbourVest, he completed early stage and growth equity investments in the technology sector. Before joining HarbourVest Partners, he was an investment banking analyst in Credit Suisse’s Technology Group.

Zaid holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPA from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. At Harvard University, Zaid was selected as a Zuckerman Fellow. He has an AB in International Relations and Economics, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University.