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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

Four Great Ideas on Human Resources from Top Home-Tech Pros

Surveying the spouses of your employees?! ProSource members share a few offbeat but highly effective workforce initiatives.

Julie Jacobson · May 06, 2019

Anthem’s First Multizone Amps: MDX Series with ARC Room Correction for Each Zone

MDX Series (MDX-16, MDX-8) is first line of distribution amplifiers from Anthem, uniquely available with room correction and subwoofer outputs for every zone; ARC Genesis 3rd-gen room-correction goes live today.

Julie Jacobson · May 03, 2019

Napco’s New iSecure May be Fastest, Easiest Route to Security, Home Automation RMR

Introduced at ISC West 2019, Napco claims its iSecure series of dual-path alarm and smart-home systems are “the first complete cellular alarm systems under $99 net.”

Julie Jacobson · April 26, 2019

‘Disruptive’ Keynote at CEDIA Expo 2019: Adios Tech-Talking Futurists

Just when we swore off the “D” word, here comes CEDIA 2019 keynoter Luke Williams hailing “disruptive thinking” and how it “has the power to transform your business ….”

Julie Jacobson · April 23, 2019

JJ Opines: What if Local Integrators Collaborate, Not Just Compete?

Julie Jacobson: Car-rental companies share passenger vans, parking lots, rental facilities, signage and often personnel. Why couldn’t local home-tech integrators do the same?

Julie Jacobson · April 19, 2019

ISC West 2019: Security Show Made Me Go Hmmm

CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson couldn’t really put a finger on big residential security or home automation themes at ISC West 2019.

Julie Jacobson · April 16, 2019

SnapAV’s Big ISC Surprise: Self-Contained Security, Home Automation System With OvrC

New Clare One UL-listed security and home automation system will integrate with third-party home controllers, incorporate SnapAV services including OvrC.

Julie Jacobson · April 11, 2019

New Vivint Pro Program is ‘Dream’ RMR Opportunity for Home-Tech Channel

New Vivint Smart Home Authorized Pro program enables home-tech pros to earn RMR and product margins on alarm and home-automation systems and services, leaving all the heavy lifting to Vivint.

Julie Jacobson · April 09, 2019

IFTTT Competitor and CEDIA Keynoter Stringify Kills Home Automation App

After acquisition, Comcast kills Stringify app, which is ‘much better’ than IFTTT as an if/then home-automation engine; company recommends IFTTT and Yonomi IoT platforms instead. [grumpy baby]

Julie Jacobson · April 09, 2019

SnapAV’s Distributor Acquisitions: The Amazon of Home Tech Channel?

SnapAV CEO John Heyman on acquiring regional distributors: ‘Literally’ no other place where dealers can get all the best home-technology products, plus stellar back-end support.

Julie Jacobson · April 03, 2019