Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Adam Justice, ConnectSense
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Name: Adam Justice
Job Title: CEO
Years in the Industry: 10
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: I'm proud of everything we have been able to do as a small company in the IoT/Smart Home space. From our being one of the first Apple certified HomeKit products to the partner projects we have worked on with companies like Moen, Schlage and Wayne Water. I'm proud of the work my team has done and the impact we have been able to make in this space.
What do you like best about your job?: I really enjoy the visionary aspect of my job of being able to set the roadmap and product definition for our brand
What do you like least about your job?: Email... It's a necessary evil but if I could snap my fingers and make it go away forever I would be ok with that
Favorite hobby: I am a huge baseball / Chicago Cubs fan. I really enjoy sharing this love with my wife and kids. Nothing better than taking in a game at Wrigley field with the ones you love.
Last book you read: t doesn't have to be Crazy At Work by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hanson
Who is your hero and why?: My dad is my hero because he taught me everything I know about being an entrepreneur. I have always looked up to him and appreciated the sacrifices he made for our family when I was young. It has been an honor to get to work with him the last 10 years. He has taught me so much about how to run a successful business.
Favorite consumer tech device: Hands down it has to be the iPhone. This device single handedly changed consumer electronics forever and I cannot imagine life without it.
What you’d be doing if you weren’t in tech: Hard to say, I can't imagine doing anything else.
What’s the biggest problem the industry faces today, and how would you fix it?: Standardization is a big problem in general across the entire CE industry but especially in Smart Home. In terms of what needs to be done to fix it I think this will work itself out over time. The answer is not new standards but letting the markets decide which few will win and then everyone putting their weight behind those.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: I think the continued reduction of cost to add connectivity to products is going to help the industry thrive. More connectivity = more data. More data = better products. That combined with the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning will really help move the industry forward.