What would you do with $100M? We talk to Prodea about connecting the world

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I can control the blinds in my Austin home from San Francisco, but the founders of Prodea have testing their operating system for the internet of things from the International Space Station. The Ansaris, two brothers and the wife of one of the brothers, have launched Prodea, their eight-year-old company with seven customers and a total of $100 million in funding.
Amir Ansari, who is the CTO of Prodea, chatted about the vision and the goals of the business on today’s podcast. The idea is to let service providers — be they ISPs or large consumer brands — deliver a set of services via connected devices without requiring a lot of thought or action from the end user. But first Kevin and I play with the Ubi (this was the first round of play) voice recognition system and discuss the week’s news in the internet of things. Enjoy the show.
Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Amir Anasari, CTO of Prodea.

  • Kevin and I play with my latest gadget: the Ubi voice recognition computer
  • Quick thoughts on Microsoft’s IoT letdown and Nest’s Protect problem
  • Prodea has $100 million and eight years of building an OS for the internet of things
  • Don’t worry about the protocols, worry about your services.

Prodea’s software hasn’t just connected a home, it has connected a home to someone at the International Space Station.
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