Joe Costello Inspires at TiECON

May 10, 2016
Enlighted Inc.

Last Friday, Enlighted CEO Joe Costello delivered an inspirational keynote on entrepreneurship and the Internet of Things at TiECON in Santa Clara, California.

TiECON is hosted by TiE, a global organization focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. TiE is among the world’s largest and most successful organizations dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, and has 61 chapters in 18 countries, and more than 12,000 members worldwide.

TiE hosts more than 30 TiECONs around the world each year. Last week’s TiECON in Silicon Valley is a perennial favorite, and the largest of the global conferences. It is considered one of the world’s premiere entrepreneurship forums, and was ranked amongst the top ten innovation conferences in the world by Worth Magazine — alongside events like Demo, TED, and the World Economic Forum.


This year’s event focused on three themes:

1. Future of Cloud & IT
2. Data Economy
3. The Internet of Things

The event featured two days of immersion in the latest innovations from multiple industries, delivered by leading experts in the field. These included grand keynote presentations from Shantanu Narayen, the President and CEO of Adobe Systems and Vishal Sikka, the CEO of Infosys.

Executives from Google, Facebook, Apple, Cisco, the investment community, and more delivered a series of exciting keynotes and panel discussions.

Day two featured a series of stimulating talks by “breakthrough thinkers” like Hayagreeva Rao and Nirvikar Singh.

The event closed with an amazing speech on “globalizing compassion” from Nobel Peace Prize winner and renowned humanitarian Kailash Satyarthi.



Joe’s keynote closed out the IoT track on Day 1. As a tech veteran and respected industry leader, Joe has contributed to the trajectory of IoT since the early 90s. He shared advice from his experience building successful IoT frameworks in the smart building space and described how Enlighted is building the sensory backbone for commercial buildings, while also fostering the next generation of building IoT products and services through innovative partnerships.
Joe stated his belief that now is the best time for entrepreneurs to take action and provided a hard-won list of do’s and don’ts for entrepreneurs in the IoT space.

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From TiECON:

Advances in IoT technologies have the potential to change the way we work, live, operate and enjoy our lives. Who better to guide entrepreneurs than Joe Costello, a tech veteran and innovator who built Cadence Design System into an EDA powerhouse.

Following a very successful CEO career at Cadence, when Joe could lead any company imaginable, he followed his heart and pursued Knowledge Universe, a company that aimed to disrupt the education market. He then built Orb Networks which created a platform for media distribution, management and control called AllPlay. Orb Networks was acquired by Qualcomm in 2013.

Joe Costello joined IoT innovator Enlighted in 2015. Enlighted is disrupting the commercial real estate space using sensor technology and building intelligence software powered by the Internet of Things.

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