IOTC NOW – Financing & Investment in Connected Technology

Zoom Virtual Panel

2 months ago, the IoT Consortium launched “IoTC NOW”, a 6-part digital series of bi-weekly panels to explore how connected technologies are not only transforming key verticals, but to understand how those sectors are applying this technology to mitigate the impact from COVID-19.

To conclude this series, our final panel will bring together leading investors at the very forefront of innovation. Successful financing and investment, as well as the support and advisory function that these organizations provide, are integral to enable cutting-edge technologies and emerging companies not only enter the market, but to reach their true potential.

As we enter the reopening phase of this global pandemic, technology will play a huge role in how industry, government and enterprise can manage change, adapt and emerge stronger than ever. Featuring top investors from across the ecosystem, this panel will discuss both the long and short term impacts of COVID-19 on the technology financing landscape over the past few months; what new opportunities have arisen and what the new landscape might look like we enter the next phase of 2020 and beyond.

IoTC NOW Financing & Investment Panel


Partner – Lux Capital

Bilal is attracted to startups that solve big, practical problems with technically ambitious solutions. He wants to back founders who are driven to build large companies, and envision a better, more prosperous future than today. He believes technology can help address some of the world’s largest problems, from mobility and connectivity to food production, manufacturing, and healthcare.


Managing Director – First Mark Capital

Matt Turck is a French American technology entrepreneur and investor. A partner at NYC-based venture capital firm FirstMark Capital, he invests across a broad range of early-stage Internet, software and hardware startups. Prior to FirstMark, he was a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, the investment and incubation arm of Bloomberg LP, which he helped start. Prior to his investing career, Matt was an entrepreneur and the co-founder of TripleHop Technologies, a venture-backed enterprise search software startup that was acquired by Oracle and became the cornerstone of Oracle’s initial foray into search technologies.

Matt is passionate about building communities, and organizes Data Driven NYC (a 20,000 person group that focuses on data and AI) and Hardwired NYC (an 8,000 person group that focuses on frontier/deep tech). Over the years, Data Driven NYC and Hardwired NYC have featured as speakers about 500 of the top CEOs, CTOs, VCs and senior executives in their respective areas.

Matt graduated from Sciences-Po (IEP) Paris and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School.

He blogs at mattturck.com and can be found on Twitter at @mattturck.


Director – Touchdown Ventures

Deborah is a venture investor at Touchdown Ventures where she has launched and led three corporate venture funds. She joined Touchdown from GE Ventures, where she spent a decade in corporate venture capital, innovation, and development in frontier tech, healthcare, industrials, energy, retail, consumer, software and hardware, and IoT. Earlier, Deborah built businesses inside of GE after working at Celarix.com and consulting at Andersen.

Deborah earned her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and BS and BA from Lehigh University, where she served as Trustee. She is an Advisory Board Member at Springboard Enterprises and has served as Exec In Residence at Columbia University Tech Ventures.


Partner – Autotech Ventures

Jeff Peters, PhD is a Partner at Autotech Ventures – a transportation focused VC firm with $270M assets under management located in Silicon Valley. Autotech Ventures has 30+ transportation corporations as limited partners in their funds. Autotech has made several investments in IoT, AI/ML, autonomous vehicle technology as well as many other startups across the vast transportation sector.

Prior to Autotech Ventures, Jeff conducted independent transportation research for the US Congress and began his career as an aerospace engineer at Northrop Grumman Space Technology. He has published several academic articles on mathematical optimization applied to transportation and energy systems as well as media articles in TechCrunch and EETimes. He was a postdoc at Stanford, has a PhD in computational economics and MSE in transportation engineering from Purdue, and has a BSE in aerospace engineering from U of Michigan.

He has worked on a ’74 Duster, sold new and used cars, climbed several ‘14ers’, trekked to Everest Base Camp, and tested an experiment in zero-gravity onboard NASA’s “Vomit Comet”.


Managing Director – Glasswing Ventures

Sarah Fay has more than 20 years of experience in the marketing services industry, with a track record of leveraging technology to deliver groundbreaking new models for advertising and media. In her role as Managing Director at Glasswing Ventures, Sarah leads and evaluates investments in early stage AI-powered companies.

Sarah has served as Independent Director on the Boards of public and private technology and digital media companies such as J2 Global (Nasdaq: JCOM), The Street (Nasdaq:TST – acquired in 2019 by Euromoney and The Maven), Narrative Inc., LabViva, Celtra, Socialflow, and [X+1] (acquired by Rocket Fuel). She served as CEO of Aegis Media North America, a media and digital marketing communications company, where she was also responsible for launching and growing a significant part of that business during her eleven-year tenure. Previously, Sarah served as President of Carat US, and Isobar US, where she was tasked with the integration of digital and traditional media services.

Sarah’s contributions to the broader community include serving on the steering committee of All Raise’s Boston Chapter, the Executive Board of the Ad Club of Boston, the Board of Boston’s Chamber of Commerce, the Board of The Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) and as Board Advisor to Advertiser Perceptions. She is also a board advisor to clypd, Distroscale, Mavrck, AdDaptive Intelligence, Viral Gains, and Wonderlust. Sarah earned a BA in English from the University of Vermont and has received over 30 accolades and awards for her accomplishments such as “Media All Star” (AdWeek), “Top 100 Most Influential People in Media (Media Post), Women to Watch (Ad Age), and “Fast 50” (Fast Company).