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Ian Freed, VP of Amazon Kindle, Amazon.com
While Jeff Bezos might get the headlines for his Kindle effort, it is Ian Freed who has shepherded this device from concept to reality. With the Kindle, Amazon has woken up the world to the potential of the M2M Internet. Just as the iPhone shook up the mobile phone industry and jumpstarted the consumer mobile Internet, Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader has, virtually overnight, turbocharged the demand for M2M services. Gaming systems, digital frames, MP3 players, wireless pedometers… the world of wirelessly connected devices is just getting started.