Best Buy Partners With Vivint On Smart Home Services

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By Leena Rao, Fortune

Best Buy is pushing deeper into the smart home through a new partnership with Vivint, a company that installs smart home devices and solar panels in homes.

The new deal, which was announced on Thursday, places Vivint experts in more than 400 of the electronics retailer’s stores so that they can give customers advice about smart home devices and installation. Vivint, which already offers these services independently through its website, has installed more than 15 million smart home devices in North American homes.”

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New York HQ Anaren Is Breaking Into Minnesota’s IoT Scene

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Syracuse, New York-based Anaren is spreading into Minnesota with the recent hire of Jeff Liebl, recently named President of Anaren’s newly formed IoT Group.

Liebl joins Anaren after a stint of consulting and brings a diverse background spanning from wireless networking and big data to marketing.  Locally, Liebl has worked with Digi International, eBureau, and SportsEngine, among others.

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IoTFuse Is About To Light Up Minneapolis

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IoT FuseIoTFuse is about to light up Minneapolis on April 21 when nearly 1,000 people head to the Minneapolis Convention Center for the third annual conference.

With all these hobbyists, hackers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and executives — it’s impossible to spend a day at this event and not walk away brighter.

From homegrown startups like 75F and Macchina to the giants of Amazon, Best Buy and Microsoft — their lineup is deep and diverse.  IoT (and its M2M kin) are permeating world industries from right here in Minnesota.

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Meet A Minnesota CTO: Joel Young, Digi International

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Joel Young Digi InternationalThank you Andcor Companies for underwriting our Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies!

The CTO: Joel Young, Digi International

How long have you been working in technology for?

I have been in the technology industry for over 30 years, going back to my college days.

I have an electrical engineering degree and a graduate degree in computer science from USC.  After graduate school I spent 10 years with Bell Labs in New Jersey and did everything from signal systems processing to voice encryption, the works.

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Digi-Key Electronics Is Planning a 1 Million Square Foot Expansion

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logo_dk“THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., March 6, 2017 — Digi-Key Electronics, the Thief River Falls-headquartered global distributor of electronic components, announces that it is reviewing several potential options for a one million square foot fulfillment, value-added manufacturing and warehouse center with an investment value of between $200-$300 million. While multiple options are under review, Thief River Falls would be its preferred location, contingent on both local approvals and legislative changes required.”

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