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Momenta Edge Podcast

Deeper explorations into Connected Industry and beyond

Welcome to the Momenta Edge podcast series, which feature leading practitioners and thinkers across Connected Industry, Digital Transformation (DX) and the digital technology landscape.  The podcast format allows for more free-form and in-depth explorations of topics of interest, and we’re targeting guests that provide unique perspectives and practical experience on connected industries and technologies, and relevant adjacencies. Keep an eye out for our upcoming guests.  We welcome any comments, feedback or show suggestions – please send to edge@momenta.partners.

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Ed Maguire
Insights Partner: New York
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Ed Maguire
Insights Partner: New York
Ed brings more than 17 years of Wall Street experience in equity research and investment banking to Momenta, with deep domain expertise in enterprise software.  He has proven success identifying strategic opportunities and articulating actionable insights based on rigorous analysis of technology, operations, competition and markets.  Most recently he was senior analyst and managing director at CLSA Americas covering the software industry, technology and innovation.

Posted by Ed Maguire on December 13, 2018

Insight Vector: Investing in Energy, Connectivity and Blockchain - Lee Carter

Insights Ventures

In this interview, we talk to Momenta's Lee Carter who shares his experience investing in remote connectivity, distributed energy, mobile payments and blockchain technology. Lee was most recently Principal at Reflective Ventures where he was responsible for full-lifecycle investing in early-stage companies. He also has a wealth of experience in operational roles.

Posted by Ed Maguire on December 12, 2018

Momenta Edge Podcast #39: Toward a Future of Distributed, Clean Energy - A Conversation with Bonnie Lind and Trevor Curwin

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Bonnie Lind is VP of Business Development for Pathion and Trevor Curwin is VP of Energy Market for Greensparc are both passionate and articulate advocates for a future of decentralized clean energy as both work at clean-tech companies. Our conversation covered some of the recent history of clean-tech – the overshoot of initial technologies a decade ago, why and how there have been positive changes that pave the way for adoption of clean energy generation. Topics covered in the discussion include the dynamics of micro-grids, the challenges and opportunities involved with integrated multiple types of generation into traditional grids, and the role that software plays in orchestrating and managing a more decentralized, heterogeneous energy infrastructure. We also explore the challenges ahead for utilities, both economic and structural, as well as the potential opportunities ahead for new players to enter the market. We discuss the potential role of AI and advanced analytics along with interesting new companies such as Pisces and ElectriQPower.

Posted by Cate Lawrence on December 11, 2018

Value Vector: Your Next Colleague Might Be a Robot

Insights Advisory

For the last few years we've been told that robots will take our jobs, with technology embedded machines that are inserting themselves into industries including the burger flipping robot, customer service greeting robots and those farming the land

Robots have been used in manufacturing for decades to speed production, enhance accuracy and replace human labor. Yet, they're not entirely taking over. There are still plenty of tasks that robots can't do - without the help of a human. Enter the cobots. Cobots or more specifically collaborative robots are "complex machines which work hand in hand with human beings. In a shared work process, they support and relieve the human operator.'' They were invented and patented in 1999 by Ed Colgate and Michael Peshkin, professors of mechanical engineering.  This article takes a look at the use of robots in Connected Industry, addressing some of their challenges and benefits.

Posted by Ed Maguire on December 6, 2018

Value Vector: Germany's AI Investments: An Economic Imperative

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Recently, the government of Germany announced plans to invest $3 billion into Artificial Intelligence R&D through 2025 in order to increase the company’s competitiveness on the global stage. Investments in AI will be critical to drive productivity and economic growth in coming decades, and Germany has lagged world leaders in development of AI. Over the next five years, France plans to invest 1.5 billion euro in AI, and China has plans to create a state-funded $150 billion industry by 2030. 

Posted by Ed Maguire on December 5, 2018

Momenta Edge Podcast #38: Connected Industry VC Perspectives – A Conversation with David Mount

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In our conversation with David Mount, parter at the VC firm G2VP, he shares some of his experiences working with companies in the energy and industrial sector. He discusses some of the unique characteristics that lead to success, the interactions with key customers, and the need for VCs to adjust their perspective to customer success when working in the industrial sector. He also compares and contrasts how and why certain industries have been moved faster and been more successful in digitalizing their businesses, and discusses the potential unleashed by AI, machine learning and other technologies. Finally, he highlights notable startups in the space including Kelvin, Alea, Zomi, Xage and Particle

Posted by Cate Lawrence on December 4, 2018

Value Vector: Real Use Cases For Blockchain in Enterprise

Insights Advisory

We've witnessed the frenetic momentum around ICOs and heard the exclamation that blockchain technology is the most revolutionary technology since the creation of the Internet. As a technology, the potential of the blockchain reaches far beyond financial transactions to create changes in industries such as insurance, security, shipping and solar energy. The convergence of blockchain and the IoT is becoming increasingly relevant as companies look to solve problems such as security and data privacy and our ability to track and manage billions of connected devices as well as store the data they produce.