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Archive: IOT


Is IoT the Next App Store?

This post originally appeared on, January 11th, 2017. It is hard to think about the current wave of digital innovation and empowered end-users without thinking about apps. Despite the app store concept in its current form really taking root in 2008 with the launch of Apple’s App Store for iOS, we have been app crazy as a society, with…

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A Partnership Ripe for the Region

By now, most people are aware of Safeguard’s rich history of fostering innovation and supporting entrepreneurs along their path to disruption. Our tried and true methodology has been built by funding technology-enabled businesses at the Series A or Series B stage, while baking-in value-added support through operational guidance and relevant expertise. Our sightline is fixed on several key verticals including healthcare,…

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Internet of Things gets boost with PTC acquisition of ThingWorx

In February 2011—long before the term “Internet of Things” became a hot business buzzword—Safeguard Scientifics saw potential in ThingWorx, the first application platform that lets designers build and run Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications. Since 2011, Safeguard has deployed $10 million in ThingWorx, which was founded in 2009 and based in Exton, Pa. Safeguard’s ability to spot…

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