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Julie Jacobson

Julie Jacobson

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson

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Julie's Latest Posts

CellBounce Solves Massive 3G/CDMA Sunset Problem for Alarm Industry

Top security and home-automation execs back CellBounce, reportedly the only DIY solution for upgrading 3G/CDMA alarm panels without a truck roll.

Julie Jacobson · June 12, 2019

Selling from the Field: Why Isn’t it a ‘Thing’?

Technologists in the field could be the best sales and customer-experience assets in a home-tech company. Are you exploiting them?

Julie Jacobson · June 10, 2019

Yamaha, MusicCast Join SnapAV OvrC Ecosystem with ‘Deep Integration’

SnapAV to distribute and integrate Yamaha A/V receivers, amps, wireless speakers, soundbar, CD player and MusicCast networking platform.

Julie Jacobson · June 04, 2019

Control4, Crestron, Savant Top Home-Automation Charts – CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis 2019

Julie Jacobson analyzes data from CE Pro 100 Brand Surveys in the home-automation category, from 2014 to 2019.

Julie Jacobson · June 03, 2019

IES vs. UL: Battle Over Circadian Lighting ‘Standards’

Who should set standards for human-centered (circadian) lighting? Illuminating Engineering Society blasts UL for publishing Recommended Practice “without the full rigor of an ANSI approved Standard.”

Julie Jacobson · May 28, 2019

Nortek Security & Control President Mike O’Neal Departs; NSC Begins Search

Mike O’Neal, president of Nortek Security & Control, departs after eight years. He led Linear and 2Gig security and home-automation brands, oversaw merger with Nortek’s Core Brands.

Julie Jacobson · May 25, 2019

Savant Shows HomeKit-Compatible Smart Circuit Breakers, Circadian Lighting

Home automation company shows HomeKit-enabled circuit breakers, smart bulbs, DMX LED lighting strips, human-centered lighting at Lightfair 2019.

Julie Jacobson · May 24, 2019

ProSource: ‘Strange’ Market, 5G Glee, RMR Ambivalence, Marc Fisher Wins

The economy isn’t bad, just strange. 5G will be awesome, but so what? RMR isn’t ‘all that.’ Plus, lots of Marc Fisher, Legos and lighting at ProSource Spring Meeting 2019.

Julie Jacobson · May 20, 2019

Control4, SnapAV CEO Interviews: Analyzing the Home Automation Merger

SnapAV’s acquisition of Control4 will create a one-stop shop for professionally installed home automation, A/V, networking, other home technologies: CEOs John Heyman, Martin Plaehn

Julie Jacobson · May 17, 2019

Big SnapAV, Control4 Merger-Acquisition: 16 Questions from JJ

Just prior to interviewing SnapAV and Control4 CEOs, CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson offers up 16 questions about the merger/acquisition of two home-tech giants.

Julie Jacobson · May 09, 2019