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The NextMarket Report — Smart Kitchen Summit

How to Sell The Smart Kitchen (or Smart Home) At Retail

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One of the best panels from the Smart Kitchen Summit last week was one featuring the President of Williams-Sonoma, Janet Hayes, and the GM of Home Improvement (which includes kitchen and smart home products), Matt Furlong. The observations about how important it is to consider the end-user, including needs of various types of users in the home - including children - were really good. I'll probably feature more videos in coming weeks, but thought I'd start with this one since it is so applicable to the broader smart home space.  If you want to watch more videos from the Summit...

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Check out Smart Kitchen Notes

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We're going to be doing a weekly wrapup of smart kitchen news over at the Smart Kitchen Summit blog. Here's the first edition, so check it out and subscribe to the newsletter if you want it in your inbox.  

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Introducing The Smart Kitchen Summit

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I'm super excited to announce a new event called the Smart Kitchen Summit. As the official news release over at the event's website states, the Smart Kitchen Summit "is the first and only event of its kind to tackle the technology and design convergence that's changing how we eat, buy, store and interact with our food." I had been thinking of creating an event about the future of the connected kitchen for some time, but we finally decided to get serious about it at the time of SXSW in March. I started asking around and talking with some leaders in the appliance, smart home,...

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Smart Home Weekly: Zigbee's Millions, Sesame Smart Lock, Meld's Cooking Knob, Smart Neighborhoods

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This is the Smart Home Weekly for the week of April 13th.   It's been a busy week or two in smart home, and that's if we're just talking about Amazon. Not only did they launch their home services efforts, but they put out a Dash Button and then showed us their hand on the Amazon Echo's smart home capabilities.  Looking beyond the online commerce giant, other big stories include the Zigbee/Thread deal, a new smart knob called Meld and smart lock maker Sesame hitting a cool million. NextMarket also had the exclusive on a forthcoming smart neighborhood security system that will...

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Smart Kitchen Summit Update

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As some of you know, we're putting together a Smart Kitchen Summit for the fall in Seattle. I've gotten lots of interest form folks and have secured some speakers from some of the most exciting smart kitchen startups around like PicoBrew, Hiku and Orange Chef. We also have some sponsors and are working on finding a good event space. We will have more details in coming weeks on the specifics of venue, speakers and more. If you are interested in working with us on bringing this great event to life and want more info, feel free to email me (Mike...

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