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The Top 30 Internet of Things Experts

Ben Parr
 

I caught a Verge interview with Robert Scoble a few years ago predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be an important development to watch. And I say, oh, he just got lucky. Then I see Gerd Leonhard, say that data was the new oil and that IoT will exploit those reserves in a massive “data rush”. Then I say, really Mr. Leonhard? I’ll see your data rush and raise you 15 billion data hungry IoT devices: Cisco’s IoT Connections Counter.

Both of those insights, if you check the dates, were over 5 years ago. And it’s worth noting that IoT search volume at the time was just a trickle.

True, there wasn’t a lot of detail behind these predictions, but trend spotters like Scoble and Leonhard gave us advanced notice. Scoble even wrote a book about it with co-Author Shel Israel.

To be sure, IoT is still in its infancy, but the details are getting clearer. As more and more devices are connected to the internet it’s apparent that the data between these connected physical devices will help people lose weight, drive smarter (or go driverless) take better care of our children, and monitor our homes.

Still, we’re now adding hundreds of devices every second according to Gartner, and that number is only accelerating. The thing is, we still can’t appreciate what the future holds for IoT. But we can turn to experts that are researching and subsequently communicating about the importance of the space in order to prepare for it.

These thought-leaders have become the voices alerting the masses to what’s legit, what’s over-hyped, and what’s about to change our lives for good. To recognize these trustworthy, educated, and socially savvy voices, Pixie commissioned digital marketing agency Evolve! Inc. to identify today’s most knowledgeable and influential IoT voices.

Let’s review them:

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