MIMMA 4 Ladder Matches

I was recently in Kuala Lumpur for the MIMMA 4 Ladder Matches and I was not at all disappointed with the level of the fighters. Given that I had felt let down in a few of the tryout stops I think the match making for the ladder matches produced some outstanding fights. We witnessed 72 fights in 2 days, most of which were above average. I can’t wait for the quarter finals!



DIY Beard Balm

I recently found myself in a situation I did not want to be in, I was out of beard balm. Coming across beard balm in Bangkok is pretty much impossible given the overwhelming lack of facial hair in the region. This left me with just one option; make my own beard balm.

I first had to find a simple recipe that I knew I could find all the ingredients for, and for that I took to the Internet. After a short time of searching I figured what the basic ingredients were and how to put them together. The recipe I ended up following is:

1 part Shea butter
1 part cocoa butter
2 part beeswax
2 part coconut oil
2 parts sweet almond oil
Lavender and peppermint essential oils to your liking

But the big challenge was finding the ingredients here in Bangkok, and for that I suggest you check out my vlog to see what I had to go through to find the ingredients.



Create More Content

Over the past few years my views on my work have really began to shift. I have started to look at the body of content I have created from a larger perspective, let me clarify. Going back about 8 years or so now I had started writing tech articles for websites and magazines, I always viewed that type of content as totally separate from non-tech articles or works I wrote, a little more than decade back I had created a series of videos on MySpace called Bulk TV; which were more jackass inspired than tech related and I viewed them as completely separate from any tech work I would later create. A few years ago when I took a stab at creating tech videos on YouTube I again viewed that as something all together unrelated to previous work.

Now I have begun to view all the work have I created as somehow related to each other. Though the topics may differ and there is a vast difference in quality and continuity I can now look back and see how my ability to create content has improved. It is because of this realization that I have decided to start creating more content, to try and get better at it by doing it more often. Which is why I started my new YouTube Channel and have begun collaborating with different people like my Friend Tejas here in Bangkok and Josh in the states to create even more content and push myself creatively to new places.

Check out my newest video with Tejas where we start planning our first endeavor for something we are planning.

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Feel Better to Think Better

I recently decided to start running again. I had taken up running as a hobby several years ago, but after dislocating my shoulder over a year ago I had stopped all together and never picked it back up. At the time I was working towards getting ready to run a marathon, I decided recently that now was the time to get started with this endeavor again.

I had staid fairly active in the year plus since I stopped running, but my fitness level isn’t where I wanted it to be. I have also noticed that when my fitness level is higher it also pushes my mental agility and creativity as well. I am not sure if that is a direct physical correlation or if it has something to do with following a structured running plan. But either way I want to get that back.

I am using a number of mobile apps to track my progress, I measure my daily activity levels (which sometimes are very poor) with the Pacer app and I use the Runkeeper app to track my runs and give me feedback like pace, distance and time while running. Both work fantastic for their intended purpose.

Since I started just a few weeks ago, I have in fact noticed that my thinking and creativity have spiked up a bit and that I am now feeling much better and have far more energy.

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IoT and Thai Startups

I was a speaker at the Thailand Startup Summit where I gave a talk on the role that IoT is playing with Thai startups. I spent some giving advice to entrepreneurs about how they can leverage the Internet of Things and tap into the seemingly endless cache of data that is being produced.

I hope you enjoy the vlog

I Love Tech Podcasts

I have always enjoyed making and being on podcasts, something about it is just really cool. So when I had the opportunity to be on the inaugural Hadooponomics podcast being produced by Blue Hill Research I jumped at the opportunity. And I am glad I did, the episode was a blast the host James was prepared and really knew how to run the show and the other guest Sushil was on point with his knowledge in the area of IoT and Big Data so it lead to us having a great back and forth.

At the end of the day, when you have the opportunity to exchange ideas with someone else, or a few people from outside your usual circle of friends and colleagues it can really open your eyes to new perspectives, if you allow it to. I hope that the other listeners got something out of the conversation we had, I know I got a lot from it personally and it helped to push my knowledge just a little bit more.

I have embedded the podcast below for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

Enabling Connected Living Collaboration

Brought to you by HARMAN’s Engineering a Connected Life program. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent HARMAN’s positions, strategies or opinions.

I recently took part in the authorship of an Interactive Infopaper for HARMAN entitled “Why Enabling Connected Living is a Must, Not an Option”. The final product really came out great, I am extremely impressed with it and I strongly recommend you check it out. My piece entitled “IoT Fuels The Connected Enterprise” was where my contribution came from, but it’s hoPrintw it was used that makes it really cool.

HARMAN curated the contributions from myself and four other authors, experts from all over the world and used those collective pieces for the info paper. What’s really cool about this is this process is that the sum really becomes greater than it’s individual parts. What HARMAN was able to produce is a very unique way to take multiple expert perspectives and combine them into a piece that delivers real value.

For my part, I spent some time researching current issues in enterprise connectivity and work to develop my opinion on the topic. Whenever you put together an opinion piece like this, it’s important flush out the ideas and concepts so you have a strong understanding and the opinion you form can have weight. I can’t speak for the other contributors processes but they clearly come to a similar final product that is
well thought out and supported.

As someone who is considered an expert in the IoT space, I take my approach to the issues surrounding IoT seriously, but like anyone they are based on my personal experiences. For me, those experiences revolve around connectivity and big data which was the same view I took for this work. I have said time and time again that the value for IoT comes from the data, but you need connectivity to collect that data.

The last part of this process; which I always try to derive from the aforementioned building blocks is communication. Connectivity facilitates the data collection; which provides insights and then the two of them work together to facilitate communication. As much as IoT is about connectivity and data, and it really does come down to that, it is also fueled by communication between devices.

It’s that communication that will allow IoT to build context around our life and give us a deeper and more refined insights into how we can improve it. Knowing what we do day in and day out will allow connected devices and the platforms that run them to offer us suggestions on ways we can get more out of everything we do, that is where value really starts to get delivered, and that is the perspective I try to take when I am putting an opinion together.

Ultimately, I think the process of getting multiple experts to work on pieces and then curate them into a report that draws on all the individual works and blends the varying opinions together nicely to highlight a central theme works fantastically and the final product is defiantly something worth reading.


IoT Fuels The Connected Enterprise

Brought to you by HARMAN’s Engineering a Connected Life program. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent HARMAN’s positions, strategies or opinions.

The Internet of Things as a concept isn’t a new one; the phrase itself was coined in 1999 by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton. At the time he was working for Auto-ID Labs at the time. Though when he made the original statement he was talking about a network of RFID connected objects. As a result of numerous technologies advancing to a point where this larger IoT framework can become reality the Internet of Things has grown into a vastly larger entity today encompassing far more forms of connectivity as well as countless devices and reaching into numerous areas of our lives.

As the Internet of Things continues to grow, many estimates suggest IoT Devices are expected to reach 6.4 billion by the end of 2016 and spike up to 21 billion devices by 2020. Many of those devices will of course be found integrated into our personal lives. Many of the applications for connected devices will be integrated into our daily life and to deliver services for us from companies.

From an enterprise / tech perspective I see three main issues that need to be dealt with: management of connected devices that are deployed to the customer, a flexible cloud infrastructure to handle services and data collection, and a solid analytic backend to help enterprise make use of the data that is generated through the connected devices and their interactions. So, lets take a closer look at these three underpinning needs for a successful IoT deployment.

Device management might seem like a no brainer, but making use of the device management platform in the right way to best serve the end user for the product and services they desire is key. One way a device management platform can be leveraged is by ensuring that the devices are up to date at all times. It is much easier for the enterprise to push updates to devices then to rely on the consumers to do so. This approach ensures that the device is always up to date and that any security concerns due to out of date software are mitigated. Another benefit of utilizing a device management platform to update devices is that it ensures that the end user will continue to receive consistent services without experiencing any negative effects that might be the cause of out of date software conflicts.

A device management solution always lays the groundwork that allows the enterprise the flexibility to facilitate connectivity between devices and consumers in new ways. Being able to have a smart electric car talk with a smart home and coordinate lowest cost and most efficient charging schedule based on known events in a calendar are just one way a device management platform might facilitate such communication. Another way would be by tapping into what is arguably the center of the smart home, the TV. Smart TVs are a mainstay of today’s tech landscape and finding new ways to leverage their connectivity and prominent place in the modern home can be the key to deliver new and useful services to the consumer.

There is likely little question that no single technology facilitates the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things more so than the cloud. Cloud technology has it made it possible to do far more than just connect a single device to the Internet; it has truly become the glue that makes the Internet of Things such a powerful force. The cloud has allowed companies to create suites of devices that can all connect back to a single platform hosted in the cloud and communicate together, store their data and be controlled. But it also allows for delivery of services to end devices that are capable of offering them.

Some of the more familiar applications of the cloud are Software As A Service or SAAS, it has actually become quite a common model today. Another popular cloud application is Platform As A Service or PAAS which makes it possible to build and maintain applications without the need to develop their own infrastructure, and ideal fit for companies which want to service connected customers but do not have the scale to offer a robust infrastructure to support them. SAAS and PAAS would not be possible without connectivity, and luckily there is no lack of that when it comes to the IoT. For companies looking offer services to their customers through connected devices being able to leverage the cloud and platform or dedicated providers to do so can be a big advantage in time and money.

The third piece to offering real value to customers through connected devices, and ultimately in deriving value from the Internet of Things is tying everything together with an analytics platform that allows you to leverage the data which is collected by the connected devices. Data is at the heart of connectivity; devices collect data from their environment and can report back on their interactions with other devices and users. Collecting this type of data can allow a provider to better fine tune their service in real time as well as deliver more value to the end user by tailoring the service more specifically to them.

Having all devices tied back to a cloud platform allows the service provider to look at individual user data as well as groups of user data. This can allow the provider to identify trends in usage and even predict what areas of their service might become more popular, allowing them to make smarter business decisions. Collection of data also gives the provider the ability to produce historic reports so usage growth over time can easily be visualized. Of course dealing with data comes with some issues and risks such as data ownership and how to deal with a large breach. Dealing with the idea of data ownership up front in a privacy policy is always a good idea, make it easy to understand and clear so the user is less likely to be confused. Data, and large collections of data are always going to be at risk, but if a company of provider can come up with a way to make it anonyms much of the value to a thief can be removed right away, it lessens your risk exposure.

When it comes down to it connectivity of devices offers companies many new options in ways to better service their customers and provide new and exciting services for the end users. But connectivity is just the first step, the devices need to be managed, they need a cloud platform they can connect back to and that will collect the data and they absolutely must have an analytic engine to make use of all that sweet data that they are collecting and generating. Not every company is going to be in a position to build all of these aspects themselves which is why it makes sense to utilize companies that already have such an infrastructure in place, it will save time on development and costs on deploying and maintain such an infrastructure. But ultimately it will get you to market quicker, leave you more flexible and allow you to better service your customer, which is what every company wants.



A Fun Pro Blogger Meetup in Bangkok

A few weeks ago I was a speaker at the Bangkok Entrepreneurs Internet of Things event that was co-sponsored by DRVR. The event went great and my talk about using telematics data to improve urban life was well received so that was a great outcome.

Like any Meetup event there is always a fair amount of networking that goes on after the event. Though I meet a number of really fantastic people there was one gentleman who stood out and was trying to meet just about everyone he could, Jeet. A fun and energetic guy who was there to meet other tech minded people and recruit them for his pro blogger event the following week.

Blogger meetup

I don’t always monetize my blogs, but I figured it was worth going to see what the event was all about.

The event was essentially a pitch session for an ad network called Revenue Hits, which really wasn’t too bad, they didn’t do a high pressure pitch or anything, they laid out the information for their network and referral program along with it’s pros and cons. Everything seemed to be on the up and up. I don’t think an ad network like that is the right fit for me, but there were defiantly several bloggers at the event who thought it would be a better solution than the ad networks they were currently enrolled in.

Like any event like this the networking you do tends to be the most valuable. I have stayed in touch with Jeet who invited me and we have had a few solid exchanges since then, I think he and I have some value that we can offer to each other in the blogging space. I also meet two great locals Soma and Zipporah both talented entrepreneurs with great ideas and passion for their projects.

Ultimately I think the Meetup was a fantastic experience and I meet some wonderful people and made new friends. Time well spent.