109: Kyle Ellicott – Exporting a $100m IoT Accelerator to China
Introduction to Kyle Ellicott and the Read Write Labs IoT accelerator
Why was Kyle attracted to Asia even though he had spent most of his startup career in the US?
Why do startups need accelerators?
Kyle Ellicott is one of those entrepreneurs who has the knack of spotting a trend before it becomes “a thing”. He started his first business aged just 14 selling computers to small companies who wanted to get online. He then helped grow ReadWrite - one of the first online publications covering innovation starting back in 2003. ReadWrite has evolved since those early days also spawning an accelerator which has raised over $130 million for its cohorts. So when Kyle makes a calculated bet on IoT and expanding their presence in Asia (particularly Hong Kong and Shenzhen China), entrepreneurs take notice.
In this interview we talk about Kyle’s journey as an entrepreneur since those teenage years to what excites him now in IoT in Asia.