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SV Hardware Startup to Scale

February 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Gartner says the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to 26 billion units by 2020 and transform how we connect with the world. This is evident by the wave of “smart” home products, such as Nest, a smart thermostat, and DropCam a smart home security system (both acquired by Google for over $3.5 billion dollars in 2014).

Join us to learn how the latest “smart” home product, Roost, was able to bring their innovative smart smoke detector from Idea to Scale by optimizing a mix of internal, local, and global resources. “Roost is blazing a path for the broad adoption of IoT in the home.” said Adam Boyden, Managing Director, RPM Ventures.

Gain lessons learned from their Product Roadmap, which was developed prior to going live on crowdfunding, and that enabled the business to more effectively and efficiently transition from Idea to Scale.

Roost Founder and CTO, James Blackwell and with Jim Van Patten, the VP of Operations will share their experiences during this informative and interactive session.

Product Roadmap – Lessons Learned:

  • What is a Product Roadmap?
  • Why did we use it?
  • Which areas were addressed?
  • How did it help?
  • Key lessons learned?

Expert Deep Dive (fireside chat):

  • James Blackwell, Founder & CTO of Roost
  • Jim Van Patten, VP of Operations of Roost


6:00 – 6:45 pm – Networking & food
6:45 – 7:10 pm – Introductions & Extron Overview
7:10 – 7:20 pm – Roost Overview (James Blackwell)
7:20 – 8:10 pm – Expert Deep Dive & Q&A (James and Jim)
8:10 – 8:30 pm – 30 second promotions
8:30 – 9:00 pm – Tour of Extron & Networking

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February 9, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm