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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

Circuit City Firedog Employees Defy Cargo Pants Rule

An exclusive investigation into just what makes up cargo pants.

Julie Jacobson · December 22, 2006

Emerging from Chapter 11, Home Director Buys Destiny Networks

Just days after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Home Director, Inc. has agreed in principle to acquire Destiny Networks, Inc. The company plans to pursue a strategy targeting homebuilders, using a national installation company to perform the jobs.

Julie Jacobson · November 03, 2006

Silly Things Integrators Say

Failure is the only thing that undermines the fabric of the CE industry, and failure is what happens to a lot of companies that create every system from scratch and give every customer everything they ask for.

Julie Jacobson · May 02, 2006

Cisco Aims to Conquer the Digital Home

CEDIA co-founder Chris Stevens is vice president, Networked Entertainment Business Unit (NEBU) for Cisco-Linksys.

Julie Jacobson · April 05, 2006

Home Director Rebuilds Under Chapter 11

Home Director won’t let a mountain of debt keep it from rebuilding its structured wiring business.

Julie Jacobson · January 01, 2006

Saavihome, Theater Xtreme Launch Home Technology Franchise Coompanies

Two new franchise companies think they can do for custom home technology what Performahome, Smart House and so many others could not.

Julie Jacobson · September 01, 2005

Why Home Director Failed

Home Director, one of the most icononic figures in structured wiring–indeed the home systems industry–has gone belly up. Why? The company chased crazy schemes instead of doting on its dealers.

Julie Jacobson · April 06, 2005

Wow! Ingram Micro Acquires AVAD

Giant IT distributor Ingram Micro to pay up to $200 million for audio, video and home automation distributor AVAD.

Julie Jacobson · April 06, 2005

Julie Jacobson: DVD CCA Is an Innovation-Stifling Cartel

The DVD Copyright Control Association (DVD CCA) is a bunch of bullies. Not just because this legalized cartel sued Kaleidescape, but because the organization manages to coerce all manufacturers of DVD players to sign away their rights to innovation. The DVD CCA was created in 1999 to be the sole licensor of the Content Scramble System (CSS), an […]

Julie Jacobson · January 01, 2005

Copy Protection Group Sues Kaleidescape

The legal action being taken by the DVD Copy Control Association against video server manufacturer Kaleidescape raises many questions about the product category. Among those questions: Is its future in jeopardy?

Julie Jacobson · January 01, 2005