June 19, 2018

Internet of things event july 10 danville va riot woods rogers the launch placeCome learn about the Internet of Things (IoT) industry including market trends, legal protections and safeguards as well as how to secure investor funding. IoT is here, growing and disrupting many established markets.

  • Tom Snyder, Executive Director of RIoT, will share the latest advances in the IoT technology stack coming from industry and academia.
  • Mike Hertz, Intellectual Property Attorney with Woods Rogers, will share why it’s important to protect your ideas, and more, including a few points on how these ideas can be valuable assets.
  • And finally if you are looking to raise investor funding for your IoT endeavor, Varun Sadana, VP of The Launch Place, will share investor’s insights when it comes to business model creation, how to approach investors and nailing the pitch.

When: Tuesday, July 10

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Canal at Riverside Mill, 109 Bridge St Suite 600, Danville, VA 24541

No cost to attend, but please register online.

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tom snyderTom Snyder - Executive Director of RIoT

Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State.
Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC.
He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, board games, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.



Mike hertzMike Hertz - Intellectual Property Attorney with Woods Rogers

Mike’s experience includes merger and acquisition and contract drafting and review for companies in high-tech and other industries. He files and prosecutes state and federal trademark applications and copyright applications. He has represented clients in administrative proceedings in federal and state court as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to joining Woods Rogers, Mike had the privilege to clerk for the Honorable Jackson L. Kiser, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Virginia in Danville.Mike earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Wake Forest University. While in law school, Mike served as an editor of the Wake Forest Law Review.





varun sadanaVarun Sadana - Vice President at The Launch Place

Varun Sadana is currently serving as Vice President of The Launch Place, the lead entrepreneurial development organization offering business consulting, training, office space and subsidies, and seed investments through its two equity funds to entrepreneurs in Danville, Virginia, and in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He leads all the consulting projects and screening/due-diligence process for the seed and pre-seed investment opportunities for the Launch Place.

Prior to joining the Launch Place, Varun worked as a consultant for a benefits company in Greensboro, North Carolina and a family business in India. Varun has over a decade of experience in business consulting, market research, business development, and financial analysis. He received his undergrad degree from University of Delhi, India and MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Varun also has Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate from Virginia Tech and Project Management certification from UNCG.