An Interview With Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn: "The Connected Home is Happening"
We're not going to charge for those drivers, because that would be viewed as, in my view, if we're one company, as too opportunistic or [extortionist]… so drivers are included.
TI: So you've been a public company for how long now?
MP: Oh… five quarters.
TI: So, what has changed being a public company?
MP: You know, not much. We have reporting overhead, and transparency, and responsibilities to communicate with the public market in a structured way, and that takes effort and discipline. I spend 40 percent of my time making sure the products are right. I spent 40 percent of my time making sure our sales channel and support systems are right. And I spent about 20 percent on governance, investor stuff, board stuff and recruiting. And so, if you focus on the customer and you're in a big market, stay that way. And if you get to go public? Fantastic.
TI: So, let's talk about the Internet of Things. Being in the business that you're in, what do you think about that?
MP: I think it's great.
TI: Do you think it's here yet?
MP: It'll be growing for generations to come. I think everything with a battery or power chord will be network-aware. Which network is unclear, but there will be many. The network for parking meters will be very different from the network in a hotel. But it's clear that there's a lot of benefit, when devices can be connected together, and our job within the home is to deliver solutions that come from us and augment them with the orchestration of devices that come from others. And the more there are, the larger the orchestra is. And it's our job to connect them and convey that connection and context onto families. And when they want to wake up home, the "I'm home" button, or the home senses that they're home because they have the near-field identifier in their pocket, the right things happen, and that could cross 25 vendors.
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