a16z Podcast: Gateway Gadgets to the Internet of Things

Ben Kaufman


The Internet of Things puts intelligence into all kinds of things — especially in the home, from appliances to light bulbs and door locks. But we still have a ways to go. “We need to be very patient in this category,” says Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman in a conversation with a16z General Partner Scott Weiss. The technology is available, Kaufman adds, we just need our things — and habits — to be ready too. So when does this technology go mainstream? What gadget do they think will push it over the edge … and what might hold it back even longer?