An Introduction to Over The Air — IoT, Connected Devices & The Journey


You’re on your own unique journey, but those mistakes, failures, and setbacks you encounter…are really not that unique.

The IoT executives who have been on the journey before you have insight into their mistakes and the solutions that made them successful, and we’ve created a platform for them to share their stories to help others looking to advance in the IoT space.

In this introductory episode of Over The Air — IoT, Connected Devices & The Journey, Logan Lyles from Sweet Fish Media talks with Ryan Prosser, show host and CEO at Very.

What they talked about:

  • Ryan’s SaaS and hardware background.
  • How Very serves those trying to advance in the IoT space.
  • Why Ryan started this podcast.
  • What listeners can expect to hear in future episodes.

Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, our website, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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I would like this to be a resourcethat's like entertaining, but also very valuable for people that are on theirown journey and they're. Saying look. I wonder how company x solved thisproblem, because it looks and feels a lot like what we're struggling with you are listening to over the Air Iotconnected devices and the journey brought to you by vary in each episode. We have sharpunfiltered conversations with executives about their IOT journeys,the mistakes they made the lessons they learned and what they wish they'd knownwhen they started welcome to the introductory episode ofover the Air Iot connected devices and the journey we're here today with Ryanprosser he's the CEO af very and the new host of this show. My name is LoganLyles, I'm part of the production team for this podcast and today I'll betalking to Ryan about what you the listener can expect from this new show.But before we jump straight into that...

Ryan, I would love for you to share alittle bit about yourself with listeners today, yeah, Hey, everyonewelcome to episode, Zero, I'm Ryan Prosser, I'm the CEO of very and yeah.I'm really excited about this. My career started in hardware and it'sbeen a long journey through Sass land back to hardware, and I think you know,as this podcast grows you're going to hear others sharing their journeythings they've been through building out great connected devices. I love it.Man So tell us a little bit about the company, very that is behind thispodcast. What's what's your connection to Iot in the community involved herethat you guys are looking to serve with the podcast? What ore you guys up tothese days, you have very we're really interesting company. I think we are IOTfocused. You know we do everything start to finish for companies that arelooking to build out a connected device, including t the hardware work which isreally unusual. I think in our space,...

...because we're totally remote- and youknow doing hardware while totally remote has been a really interestingjourney in its own right for us, were you know one of the most I thinkcelebrated irt companies in the space, so like many connected devices that areout there in the world would have come through very, were I think, we've beenhumble to be a part of some big launches so that you know- and I thinkwe also view this as like- a really big growth space. So we're looking at we're,seeing a lot of companies say: Hey Look. This is a big part of maybe companiesthat you haven't heard of saying hey. This is a big part of like the next fewyears for us and we're not quite sure where to begin, and we get that and andwe've helped a lot of people in that journey and, frankly we're like reallypassionate about that journey yeah. I love that. I love that the theme of thejourney is already evident in just what I'm hearing from you your journey atvery being very interesting working on hardware, fully remote. Well tell USRyan. Why did you guys want to start this podcast for folks who are learninggrowing and trying to advance and do... things in t e IOT space? Why doyou guys want to start this podcast yeah? I mean, I think the theme ofjourney will be pervasive. You know as this as this grows, because we see basically two different types ofyou know. quoteunquote journeys one is the endpoint looks a lot like peopleexpected that it would. They are at point zero, they're trying to get topoint one and the journey looks completely different, but the endpointlooks very similar, so they encountered a lot of obstacles that they weren'tprepared for, or maybe they didn't have the personnel to be able to to forecastthat that would even happen. You see this a lot in adventure movies, likeyou know that you need to throw the ring in the pit of fire, but the pathfoom here to there is not at all whath you expected, and then the other typeis like. The even the end point is not the indpoint changes T it isn't aboutTet's, throw the ring in the lake of... Just like you always thought youwould, and you know three whole movies are about that journey. It's a verydifferent inpoint and we pride ourselves on being humble but veryinflexible when we encounter bad pasts that we've been through before, and soI think listeners are going to hear repeatedly people sharing experiences that they'vebeen through and maybe the listener saying. Oh my God, I would have madethat mistake that I would have turned left at that intersection and now I cansee why that's not at all the correct way through this and we encounter thata lot and we thought by you know getting business leaders andengineering leaders to share that journey. Others, you know, could maybeget to their in point more quickly. I love that, and you worked in a greatLord of the Ring's reference in that answer, so this podcast is already offto a phenomenal start. Ryan, so you alluded to it there. But can you givelisteners any more of a preview of what they can expect from future episodesthat the types of guest, so we've got...

...the theme of the journey, helping themlearn from successes and failures in the journey in between getting todifferent inpoints? What are some things? You can tell us about the typesof guests that you're going to have on, and maybe some of the stories thatyou're wanting to tell to give folks just a little bit more of a taste ofwhat's coming in the next few episodes and beyond on the show. One thing that I personally am reallypassionate about is unpacking, and you know just sort oflike shamelessly, exploring huge colossal mistakes, especially mistakes.That did not appear to be mistakes at the outset, and you know why was thatnot actually the correct path and then once you put the car and reverse whatturn was the correct term at that junction and and knowing at the end,which you knew if you had known that at that intersection point what would youhave done differently? What we see a...

...lot at very you know, because we seedozens of these major engagements a year. What we see is not as many uniqueproblems as you would expect. You know, there's a lot of common mistakes thatgive me made that are avoidable, and but some of that are not. You know somethat that are actually like real head scratchers and- and I would like thisto be a resource- that's like entertaining, but also very valuablefor people that are on their own journey and they're. Saying look. Iwonder how company x solved this problem, because it looks and feels alot like what we're struggling with man. It sounds like just like what we weretalking about before we hopped on and recorded repeated mistakes like the thedownhill icy road near Your House, where people keep making the wrong ternright. That's right! That's right! Yeah! I was sharing with Logan before thecall that I live. You know beside road in the mountains. That's has descent and a bank to turn into it,and so we see a lot of people. You know make the same mistake coming into ittoo fast breaking too hard, and so...

...there's you know a lot of cars in the ditch, includingtoday. Well, we are going to do our best with this podcast to help peoplestay out of the ditch when it comes to their io t journey much like those cars.Hopefully those drivers learn near Your House. There, Ryan Well Ryan, one finalquestion: Before we let you go if anyone listening to this is like ooh. Ihave a story that you guys probably want to tell, or I know someone whowould be a phenomenal guest or I really wish you would cover this topic or thisproblem that, as you said, early Ryan is just a head scratcher for me. What'sthe best way for anyone listening to this, to reach out to the team tosuggest topics or guests for the show in the future yeah, it's great questionw you can email is podcast of very possiblecom. You can also reach out tome directly, I'm always on Linkedon and my handle is our procer twenty six andfeel free. Just to message me DM or shoot me a message. I love it Ryan.Thank you so much for that. I love when... make it very easy for listeners toreach out so that they can be a two way street, with a podcast Thas trying toserve the community, as you guys are looking to do with over the air herewith the Iot community. Well, everyone that wraps it up for this introductoryepisode, Ryan will be taking over the reins for episode, One and Beyond Ryan.I just want to thank you for kicking off this show for having a greatconversation with me today, giving listeners a little bit of a preview ofwhat to expect. I'm really excited to see the show, take off and continue togrow. So thank you for you time today, yeah thanks, Olove you've been listening to over the AirIot connected devices and the journey. If you enjoyd today's episode make sureto hit subscribe in your favorite podcast player and give us a rating,have a question or an idea for a future episode. Send it to podcast at verypossiblecom, see you next time.

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