Minnesota entrepreneurs attract investors by connecting household objects to Internet


By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Star Tribune

“Marcus Schappi’s compulsion to endow inanimate objects with Internet capabilities was sparked by the loss of a beloved chicken to a fox.

Schappi’s home in Sydney, Australia, abuts a national park, and the predator would emerge from the woods to stalk his three egg-laying “chooks” — Hen Solo, Princess Layer and Chook Norris.  When the fox turned Hen Solo into a pile of feathers, Schappi knew he had to act.”

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