LONDON – If past is prologue, then a look at the disruptive technology moves of 2012 may give us some sense of what the new year will bring.
Personally, I've always always been as interested in the smaller companies that are starting out on their journeys as I am in the semiconductor industry majors. As consolidation takes place at the top of the industry, there has been a constant flow of nimble startups, hoping to become the stars of the future.
Predicting winners and losers is difficult. However, one potential pointer comes from you, dear readers, in the form of the interest you've expressed in our articles on startups. Accordingly, here are the following "top 10"
articles, presented in reverse order from #10 to #2 based on the number
of times they were viewed in 2012.
But first, we'll tease with the #1 story:
Former Apple, Facebook and Google engineers form IoT firm
The Internet of Things was certainly a hot topic in 2012 and when you add to the mix young, ambitious, entrepreneurial engineers that have left three of the best-known technology companies to do their own thing the story gets even better.
In May we were contacted by year-old startup called Electric Imp Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) which had developed a Wi-Fi node
in the physical format of memory card that it wanted to make a standard
technique for assigning IP addresses and linking to the Internet to
establish a Wi-Fi-mediated Internet of Things (IoT). The CEO Hugo Fiennes, prior to significant career designing iPhones at Apple, had been a young engineering entrepreneur back in the U.K. in November 2000 and had been featured in EE Times.
For our story on Electric Imp, see Former Apple, Google, Facebook engineers launch IoT startup.
From left to right: Electric Imp founders Peter Hartley, Hugo Fiennes (holding card) and Kevin Fox.
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