Top Articles Dexcom server outage rocks Type 1 diabetes community By David Lim widespread issue with the Dexcom Follow app is leaving many parents of diabetic children without their usual ability to remotely track blood sugar levels from continuous glucose monitors. Read More How to Use Patents as a Barrier to Entry By Shmuel Silverman, Multi-Innovation “In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable ‘moats.’”—Warren Buffet The United States Patent and Trademark Office was established to protect inventors and give them the freedom to operate without influence from larger corporations. This freedom to operate enables businesses to operate in a truly competitive environment, but it does very little to actually protect them from competitors. A typical patent is a way to guarantee that no one will be able to copy the specific technology claimed in it for a limited time, but that’s about all it guarantees. There is no legal business monopoly. So, how can we protect the business value? Read More UX/UI:Expense or Investment? By Juan Chacón, Avantica Here’s a thought-provoking piece from one of our partners, Avantica, a software development services firm that offers nearshore teams for reduced travel and communications costs: In all products and services, user experience should be a cornerstone of any business strategy; it focuses on user/client satisfaction and this, in the long term, leads to customer loyalty. Read More Head of Fitbit Health Solutions talks payer strategy, evolution of health products By Laura Lovett MobiHealthNews sat down with Amy McDonough, SVP and general manager of Fitbit Health Solutions, prior to the news that Google was set to acquire Fitbit. Read More Reminder:Check out your 401k before the year ends! 401k Plans with less than 100 participants are MORE susceptible to fiduciarily liability because ERISA does not have compulsory audit requirement and the plans are often set up by payroll companies. If you want to check out your 401k plan before the end of the year, we recommend contacting our friend, and the person who manages our 401k plan: Ken Yap, at email@example.com. Happy Holidays! Welcome to the world of weird wearables. We discovered high-tech tattoos, wearables for pets, wearables for the elderly, babies, and couples. During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and the New Year. Upcoming Events Jan. 23rd 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sunnyvale, CA CES Trends for 2020 – Expert Panel Learn and share insights from the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. Expert speakers will share hardware trends from CES 2020 & what it means for the future of our Silicon Valley hardware product development ecosystem. Please RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/SV-Hardware-Startup-to-Scale/events/265744774/ Feb. 5th 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn with NextFlex Don’t miss the opportunity to lunch and learn with Oxana Pantchenko, Human Monitoring Lead and Engineering Project Manager, of Nextflex as she shares her insights on how to gain a competitive advantage, enhance your supply chain, and identify Best Practices. Learn more by clicking here. Feb 20th 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Cloud + Cellular + IoT: An Insider’s View IoT Fast Track: Learn how new approaches in IoT connectivity, cloud integration, and network management are helping startup and enterprise developers launch projects into field quickly and succeed at scale in categories from consumer electronics and wearables to agriculture, energy, industrial, POS, asset tracking and wellness/medical. Stick around for a drawing for a free IoT Starter Kit and other giveaways. Learn more by clicking here.