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Mon, Aug 12


Galvanize - New York

ThinkEco: Keys to building an IoT HW startup

We are so fortunate to hear from an IoT founder from ThinkEco who has been in this space for a really long time! In this event, we will hear about the founder's hardware experience, his discussion on cashflow management, the role of partners, business issues over hardware issues, and much more!

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ThinkEco: Keys to building an IoT HW startup
ThinkEco: Keys to building an IoT HW startup

Time & Location

Aug 12, 2019, 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Galvanize - New York, 303 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA

About the event


- 06:45 pm Door opens/ Networking

- 07:00 pm Opening Remarks

- 07:15 pm Feature Speaker: Jun Shimada, Founder of ThinkEco

- 08:00 pm Announcements & Open Networking

Jun Shimada, Founder of ThinkEco will be sharing his IoT company that he has been running for many years. This will be an exciting share of thought-provoking discussion as Jun covers the challenges and rewards of running an IoT startup.

- Why Hardware? Super risky but great rewards!

- Cash flow management is Key: Understanding Supply Chains, Production Cycles & Inventory management

- Business Issues are more important than Hardware/Tech issues: Market Size, Business model, Channels of distribution

- The Role of Partners: Operational Helpers vs Business Expanders

- ThinkEco's Experience

What is ThinkEco?

ThinkEco is an award-winning NYC-based, tech company offering a platform for demand management to the utility industry since 2008. Together with Con Edison, ThinkEco created the Smart AC program ( in 2010, which has since grown to be the largest US program focused on load curtailment of IoT consumer appliances. Other present and past clients has included PSEG, National Grid, Avangrid, and Com Ed. ThinkEco has also established innovative partnerships around IoT-based energy management with leading corporations, such as Electrolux, GE, and LG.

A huge THANKS to our Awesome Sponsors:

Community Support:

tele-net (America) was founded in Japan in 1994, with the hope of providing omotenashi-inspired customer service to the world. Their beginnings probably looked similar to yours—a tiny office; a small but dedicated team; a mission to succeed no matter what. They now have operations in four countries, providing services to companies throughout Japan, and the world. tele-net understands Japan’s dedication to detail and quality. They also understand that great customer service is crucial to your success in a new market. Having been in the customer service industry for over 25 years, they’ve supported many companies as they went from startup phase to international brands. Consumers will have great expectations of your offering, especially being a startup from Japan. Part of that expectation will be the high level of service that Japan is known for. By partnering with tele-net, not only will your customers experience omotenashi-inspired care, but you’ll have an ally that understands your vision and can accommodate the ever-changing needs of your growing company. To learn more about how they can help support your US and/or Japanese customers, contact them at (

Food & Beverage Support:

Tasty GREEN TEA will be provided by ItoEn ( and delicious SNACKS from Snakku ( so please come early and enjoy it!

Venue Support:

Galvanize ( is providing space!

We hope that this event will be a place where people from Japan and New York alike can come to collaborate. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Team Japan NYC Startups

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