Britt Technology Impact Series

The Internet of You: The Connected Home

February 13, 2014 • Tuck School of Business

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The 2013-14 Britt Technology Impact Series is exploring how the internet is expanding from a network of connected PCs to a far broader array of devices that enable highly personalized interactions with technology. Consider that in 10 years an average household with two teenagers will have about 50 devices connected to the internet; today it has about 10. This explosion of devices with an IP address – often called the internet of things – represents a fundamental shift for consumers and enterprises. Search-and-click will still occur but the internet of the future will be far better at serving up what you need when you need it. The internet becomes your butler rather than a cluttered storeroom of often irrelevant information and services. Tech@Tuck, the highlight of the Britt Series each year, focuses on one aspect of the Internet of Things technology developments driving The Connected Home. Wi-Fi enabled devices and sensors have the power to transform the home. Security systems, smart refrigerators, automated door locks and lighting systems, smart smoke detectors, and wearable sleep sensors are all changing the way we live today. Devices that connect family members, wherever they are, bring us closer together. The platforms and technology underlying these devices and services are increasingly linked, creating endless possibilities for future enhancements to the way we live our lives. At this year’s Tech@Tuck, panelists will explore the technology driving The Connected Home and implications of connecting all aspects of our home lives.


Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable

Adam Mayer
Vice President, IntelligentHome
Time Warner Cable

As Vice President of IntelligentHome at Time Warner Cable, Adam Mayer is responsible for driving sales, marketing, product and strategic initiatives for IntelligentHome, the company’s next-generation home security, automation and energy management solution.  He works closely with all of Time Warner Cable’s corporate and field divisions.

Prior to joining Time Warner Cable in 2006, Mayer served as Director of Strategy and Business Development for Scientific-Atlanta (now a division of Cisco).  In this role, he was responsible for leading strategic planning activities, identifying growth opportunities for the business, liaising with Scientific-Atlanta’s customers to drive joint strategic marketing initiatives and forging partnerships with other companies.

Mayer has also worked for Zagat Survey as a Marketing Manager and Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banking Analyst in their Media Group, where he analyzed acquisitions, divestitures and financings in the cable, publishing and entertainment industries. Mayer received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both economics and international studies from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

EnergyHubSeth Frader-Thompson

Inspired by the mainstream boom of hybrid cars and a shared passion for consumer electronic products, Seth and his co-founders set out to create a technology solution for reducing home energy consumption. The tools they developed empower consumers and utilities to understand and control how energy is being used, and identify opportunities for savings.

As President of EnergyHub, he oversees the overall direction and operation of the company. He devotes extra focus to creating an exceptional user experience for EnergyHub customers.

Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program, and payloads and tools for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots.

Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

Tom Chmielewski, iControliControlTom Chmielewski
Vice President, Strategic Sales
iControl Networks, Inc.

Tom Chmielewski is responsible for growing and managing iControl’s North and South American service provider customer portfolio.  He manages the relationship and subscriber growth for iControl’s largest cable operator customers – Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox, Rogers, Time Warner Cable, and others.   Tom also works with prospective customers interested in offering next generation connected home services to their customers via the iControl platform.

Tom brings to iControl several years of experience helping high growth companies expand their businesses, most recently as Director of Enterprise Sales at Rackspace.  For over a decade at various successful venture backed startups, Tom has sold new products and services to product development executives at cable and telecommunications providers, from broadband activation, to self-care tools, internet value added services, and sponsored three screen content.

Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Alva Taylor, Tuck School of BusinessAlva H. Taylor
Faculty Director, Center for Digital Strategies
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business

Panel Moderator

Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Management Group at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Faculty Director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies. Professor Taylor’s research focuses on the innovation process, entrepreneurship, technological change, and strategic decision making in fast-changing environments. His recent work has been on how to structure and manage creative groups for sustained innovation and entrepreneurship. He teaches courses on innovation and strategies for managing change in both the Tuck MBA and Executive Education programs. He has consulted with companies such as Intel, Oracle, Norfolk Southern Corporation, and Monsanto Corporation as well as numerous start-up companies. Professor Taylor’s work and ideas have been published in top business journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science. He has his doctorate in business from Stanford University, his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell, and both his Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from Cornell.


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  • It was a gorgeous snowy day at this year's Tech@Tuck.

  • But it was still a full crowd!

  • The panelists pause after their moderator meeting. From left to right: Adam Mayer, Vice President, IntelligentHome, Time Warner Cable, Time Warner Cable; Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub; Tom Chmielewski
    Vice President, Strategic Sales, iControl Networks, Inc. and Professor Alva Taylor.

  • Dean Danos talks about Nest with our new friend, Lisa, from Home Depot. She had amazing energy and exceptional product knowledge!

  • CDS MBA Fellow, Gui Beyer Tho T'14, takes a moment out from his hosting responsibilities to look up his hometown with TomTom.

  • CDS MBA Fellow, Tirthanker Deb T'14, speaks with TomTom while Tom Chmielewski, our panelist from iControl Networks, speaks with Home Depot (in the background.)

  • Patrick Wheeler, the program manager who ran this event, stops to speak with Sam from Best Buy, (Sam actually sold Patrick his Bose system a few weeks back!)

  • 1st Place Tweet for Tech Challenge Winner, Samarinder Sharma T’14 with his newly won Mini Jambox. Thanks for participating Sam!

  • Nashley Mascarenhas T'14 proudly displays his prize - the Fitbit!

  • Aria winner, Meri Carman T'14 stops by to pick up her winnings!

  • 4th Place Tweet for Tech Challenge Winner, Pusapati Anand Raju T'15 with his new Jawbone. Congrats Anand!

  • Professor Taylor explains the format of the panel discussion.

  • Is Professor Taylor reminding Seth to silence his phone?

  • Panelists from left to right: Adam Mayer, Tom Chmielewski, Seth Frader-Thomson and Professor Taylor.

  • A good laugh is shared.

  • EnergyHub President, Seth Frader-Thompson, responds to a question from the crowd.

  • CDS MBA Fellow Sprague Brodie T'14 listens intently and appears to be formulating a tweet for the #TechTuck14 challenge.

  • CDS MBA Fellow, Alman Shibli T'14, looks on

  • The full crowd includes these three current MBA fellows at the Center for Digital Strategies: Gui Beyer Tho T'14; Adam Kramer T'14 and Jeffrey Wanoop T'14.

  • The president of EnergyHub, Seth Frader-Thompson, speaks with a student following the panel discussion while the other panelists chat with students and each other as well.

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