Author Biography

Ryan B. Petty

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Ryan Petty is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive with over 20 years in the telecom, media & technology industries, including four years serving as the Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at ADT.   Ryan is currently the Senior Vice President of Business Solutions with Liberty Latin America’s Cable & Wireless subsidiary and is the founder of The WalkUp Foundation (walkupfoundation.org).

Ryan lost his daughter Alaina in the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s day 2018.  Alaina was one of 17 students and teachers killed. Since the tragedy that took their daughter, Ryan and his wife Kelly have been actively involved in the public policy arena as advocates for improving school safety, through early identification, and intervention of potential threats.   The WalkUp Foundation’s mission is to protect our children & teachers at school through the support of evidence-based policies and programs which improve the culture in our schools, educate everyone to identify and report potential threats and encourage robust and accountable interactions between students, educators, parents, mental health professionals and law enforcement.

Career Highlights

— Co-founded SourceNet, a pioneer B2B ISP,  eventually sold to Brooks Fiber in 2000.

— Co-founded Myrio, which developed the architectural framework & ITU-T standards for delivery of video over Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and launched IPTV services globally with over 110 service providers.  Myrio was acquired by Siemens in 2005.

— Led the Siemens Home Entertainment global product team. Deployed Siemens Home Entertainment solution to over 5 million consumers through carrier partners in Europe, North America & Asia.  Siemens merged with Nokia in 2007.

— Founded Evio Group, a boutique technology, and management consulting firm which defined, prototyped and developed a multi-screen interactive advertising product for  MSOs. Helped early-stage companies raise seed & venture capital and advised on M&A. Introduced an OTT video product to the North American market & led innovation & transformation projects for several Fortune 100 companies.

— Led the Product Development team at ADT, expanding the addressable market for home security & automation services through the development of ADT Canopy and partnerships with companies like Ring, Amazon, Nest, Google, LG & Samsung.  Expanded the market for ADT Pulse by launching the first combination home security & home automation gateway, significantly reducing installation costs and improving service delivery.

Ryan has been featured in the NY Times, The Daily Beast, Mother Jones, & CNN.  He has been a frequent guest on MSNBC, Fox News, HLN as well as local South Florida media.

What is Xlog

Since 2003, I’ve utilized Xlog as a place to chronicle my personal journey through the world of technology, product development, and innovation. As a technology developer & consumer, I’ve taken products to market while living and working on both coasts.

On this blog, I will endeavor to deliver an objective view of today’s technology, I hope it will not only be enjoyable but will be informative. The ideas expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

I write Xlog without a hidden agenda. In the years of writing the blog, I’ve enjoyed reflecting on the world of tech.  Major topics for Xlog will include IoT, smart home, home automation & security, IP video, product management & development, and whether it’s better to be an early adopter or a critical reviewer. While I don’t write articles for the purpose of gaining notoriety, if you find anything here of value, please share using one the social options provided below. I hope you will become frequent visitor & subscriber.

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