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Erik Walenza is the CEO of IoT ONE, the Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Smart Factory Task Group (SFTG), and the Shanghai Director of Startup Grind. IoT ONE is the leading source of information and insight regarding Industrial Internet of Things vendors and technologies. Companies work with IoT ONE to bring new products to market, build partner ecosystems, and evolve their innovation strategies.
As Chair of the IIC SFTG, Erik works with IIC members to reduce risk for early adopters of Industrial IoT technologies in manufacturing. He works closely with other member companies to address technology adoption bottlenecks. And through Startup Grind, Erik supports the development of Shanghai's innovation ecosystem. He has interviewed over 30 CEOs, VC partners, and domain experts and build one of Shanghai’s largest networks of entrepreneurs and investors. He regularly advises early stage entrepreneurs and provides introductions to help small teams leverage external resources to drive their growth.
Erik has presented at more than 20 events related to the topic of the Industrial IoT. He hosts regular events, ranging from startup tech talks to executive roundtables. And he advises a wide range of clients on topics related to solution development and growth strategy.