Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz, Founder @HARDWARE.co and Senior Practice Lead IT/Engineering Telefónica NEXT GmbH

Since a very young age, Jeff was interested in electronics and computers. When he grew up, Jeff became a serial entrepreneur, founding companies in a wide variety of industries, including security, finance, and IT. With his background in engineering, computer science, and business, Jeff is at once a forward-thinking technologist and a practical engineer. He is currently in charge of technology for Telefonica NEXT, a daughter of the Telefonica Group focusing on privacy, big data, and internet of things.

At home in the lab or up on stage, Jeff has a wide range of experience at his disposal. He has personally developed consumer devices, cloud services, and hardware as well as spoken at conferences and events across the world. Jeff enjoys building and leading amazing teams; he’s built and managed engineering teams up to 50 with seven-figure budgets, but especially likes to be future-oriented—anticipating opportunities and threats from emerging technologies such as pervasive computing, machine learning, and blockchain.

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