goTenna, Astro and are presenters at Hardwired

NEW YORK--Last February 24, Hardwired featured Daniela Perdomo, co-founder and CEO of goTenna; Shaun Springer, founder and CEO of Astro; and Allen Proithis, president and founder of Another special guest was Chris Fralic, partner at First Round Capital, an early stage venture capital firm

Perdomo’s goTenna enables you to text from your phone with no service---no cell towers, no Wi-Fi, no satellites. It also claims that it even works if your smartphone is in “Airplane Mode”! 

How does this magic work? Pair your iOS or Android device to your goTenna wirelessly, using Bluetooth-LE. Your goTenna needs to be within 20-30 feet of your phone, so the two can communicate with each other. Use our free app to type out a text message or share a location with a specific person, group, or even to broadcast to anyone within range. Your smartphone will send the message to your goTenna, which will then shoot it out, via VHF radio waves (151-154 MHz), to the intended goTenna(s).

Perdomo talked about supply chains, comparing 5 locations and how she found that Chihuahua Mexico was much more effective for her company in terms of time difference, productivity and overall cost.

“Don’t start at,” she said. “China is not always the answer.”

Springer talked about Astro and how it allows you to build smart devices that make the connected home more accessible, accessible, affordable and easy to use.  

Proithis talked about as a data service exchange for connected device platforms as well as his 2015 IOT predictions.

·         Wearables will get the press while industry and enterprises get the money 

·         Language will continue to evolve from technical to business

·         Marketing budgets win in the short term, market success in the long term provides a cloud-based environment that reduces the friction in IoT deployment with a seamless, simple, and elegant operating environment.

It’s supposed to be a foundation for innovative solutions that unlocks value in data, delivers new service possibilities, and drives value-added services..

Fralic echoed the sentiments of the presenters about how hardware is really hard.