James Schaefer

James is working on product development and management at Leverege, an IoT software platform company, and is a 2016 Venture for America fellow. His writing focuses on development and security.

Blockchain Applications in IoT

Blockchain is no longer in its infancy, but it's still very new. Similar statements can be made about the Internet of Things (IoT). The...

Meet Cloud FireStore, Firebase’s More Scalable Older Brother

Since its founding, Firebase has had a profound impact on the database community, and we've used it ourselves here at Leverege. Firebase allows for...

Preventing IoT Hacking – Takeaways from 3 IoT Security White Papers

IoT security is often perceived as a hotbed of failures. However, extensive progress is being made in the field and a multitude of companies...

Huge Vulnerability Discovered in the Ring Doorbell

Last October, a botnet comprised of ~100,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, driven by a virus called Mirai, launched a DDOS attack against Dyn...

Smart Devices – What Makes Them “Smart”?

Lately, smart devices have been synonymous with anything that’s network enabled. Whether that be lights (Phillips Hue), thermostats (Nest), or even toothbrushes (Prophix). But...

The Internet of Things isn’t about “Things”

Let’s face it, IoT devices are a mess. When developing new connected products, the current trend seems to be, “let’s make an internet-connected ...