THE SIGNAL ISSUE 3- The Return of Manufacturing, the Benevolence of Robots, and Upcoming Events (15/09/23)


The return of manufacturing & the benevolence of robots


Friends –

Thanks again for the feedback on our last newsletter. They’re fun to write and the positive feedback we’ve gotten has been gratifying. (Haven’t read it? Here it is. And our first one too. Don’t be shy. We‘ll wait.)

After the August slows, September has been event season. We went to CTIA Super Mobility and a lot of other events this month, among them Autotech Council Car Compute. We will moderate a discussion on industrial IoT at Keizai Silicon Valley. Other events include Telecom Council of Silicon Valley TC3, GE Minds & Machines, Gizworld Wearable Tech and IoT San Francisco (discount code here), and more. In addition, resident Blue Field Product Strategist, Sandro, will be participating at the  I Love APIs conference on Oct 14th. He will draw upon his experience building out the AT&T developer program to answer the question: “how do you build grassroots support for digital?”


We liked the more focused CTIA Super Mobility, and not just because it’s eminently more walkable than CES and doesn’t involve a flight to Europe. It is back to being a wireless industry show, by and for people who work in wireless.  We also would like to thank CTIA’s Innovation Council for investing in outreach to Silicon Valley and the startup community. Speaking of which, 26 startup lab finalists from CTIA’s 2015 Startup Lab are listed here, and here are the winners.  


Manufacturing is back

One trend we are particularly excited about is the intersection of manufacturing and IoT. Companies that make big and meaningful stuff – engines, planes, trains – are showing up in Silicon Valley. This is great. These companies should be data nirvana for data nerds. Still, is this a product business or a service business?  Rephrased, is on-ramping a manufacturer into the IoT world a consulting-led business (billable man-hours, scales serially), or a product-led business (license based, theoretically scales infinitely). After speaking with some startups in the space, it seems like the answer is…Yes.  More on this in future issues.


Good robots, not bad robots

Some very smart people are afraid that we may all end up enslaved by our future robot overlords.  (The first appearance of the word “robot” was in the Czech play “Rossum’s Universal Robots“. And yes, their invention led to the extinction of the human race. Asimov’s Rules of Robotics are inherently pessimistic.) So, it was nice to see some examples of good robots, like a tackling dummy at Dartmouth. Worried about concussions? Use a robot!
While we in the US remain ambivalent about our robot friends, meanwhile, in Japan, robots are
seen as the solution to an aging and declining population. Note that Japan is hardly alone in having to deal with an aging population and low birth rate – it’s the canary in the coalmine.



Can you guess what country this is?  Reply with your best guess to this email!


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China sneezes, Japan catches a cold

We saw a great example of China sneezing and Japan catching a cold, via Terrie Lloyd’s Terrie’s Take, on how Japan’s Laox electronics chain’s shares have dropped 40% since China’s stock market turmoil began.  (h/t to the amazingly prolific Terrie, whose weekly newsletter is on #810. That’s about 16 years, rain or shine, of informative epistles.)


The world we live in

We recently met someone with the job title “robot producer”.  


Fall is lovely in the Bay Area – please come see us.


-Team Blue Field
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Upcoming Events

Keizai Silicon Industrial Event

 Sept 24 | 5:30pm- 9:00pm

Demystifying the Industrial Internet of Things- Use Cases and Requirements
Click here to register

Minds + Machines

Sept 29-October 1

Fourth Annual Minds + Machines to focus on state of the Industrial Internet
Click here to register 

Takeshi Homma of Rakuten on Japan and Silicon Valley

Sept 30 | 6:00pm-9:00pm
Takeshi “Ted” Homma of Japan on Why Silicon Valley is Crucial to Japanese Firms’ Global Strategies
Click here to register 


Sept 30 & Oct 1

Telecom Council of Silicon Valley TC3, the premier telecom event of the year
Click here to register

I love APIs- the digital acceleration conference 

Oct 12-14, 2015 | San Jose

Whether it’s in your title or not, are you an evangelist for digital or APIs in your organization? Connect with the community of “doers” like you who cajole, persuade, entertain, and sweat the details of creating momentum and catalyzing change–with or without formal authority. Learn more here.

Gizworld Conference 2015
Oct 27 & Oct 28
Gizworld Conference on Wearable Tech & IoT

 Click here to register

News Bytes

Recent articles from the team


Recent articles which caught our eye

Wanted: A certain kind of chemistry

One Million Global Plug-In Sales Milestone Reached

Quirky files for bankruptcy, will sell off its Wink smart home platform

16 Insights on ICs: Industry ekes out just 2% growth in 2015 

Disney Lights Up IoT Links With Linux Light Bulb
Pico Cassette looks to keep cartridge games alive in a smartphone world

Graphene Filament Enables Fabrication of Electronic Devices with 3-D Printing

Interested in our recent engagements and want to keep up? Follow our LinkedIn page here and check out our blog posts on our website here. 


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