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gridX’s Andy Booke on Giving Solar Panel Users the Power of Data

gridX co-founders Andy Booke and David Balensiefen came up with the idea for their IoT startup, gridX, while travelling in Ecuador, where the stability of the power grid left something to be desired. “The energy would just black out,” Booke recalls, “and then we saw this little village [that] had some solar panels and some diesel engines, and they were powering themselves in this little community.”

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Future-Friendly: Johannes Würbach from Contentful Explains Adaptable Content

For the people and companies producing today’s ever-evolving content, the challenge has increasingly become more complicated than delivering it in a single form. Today’s content needs to be dynamic and adaptable to meet consumers where they are, through whatever device they’re currently plugged into. “Successful companies now really try to stay directly in contact with the customers through ever-evolving content and experiences,” explains Johannes Würbach, senior back-end engineer at Contentful, which provides content infrastructure for developers and content creators.

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Chris Obereder

“Social Media Black Magic Artist” Chris Obereder on the importance of having fun and staying open

Chris Obereder is in some ways a typical Silicon Valley wunderkind. Only 26, he started out in tech at the age of 14 and has been called a “social media black magic artist” by Napster founder Sean Parker. But unlike some of his other tech industry peers, he emphasizes the importance of openness, creativity and just plain fun in crafting a career.

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