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DEFT Startup Studio, MOXIE IoT: Alabama presence at top high-tech show includes inventions, recruiting push

by Made in AlabamaJan 15, 2020

LAS VEGAS – CES 2020, the world’s largest consumer technology event, is getting under way today, and Alabama companies are on hand to show off their forward-thinking products and technologies.

DEFT Dynamics Startup Studio will have a booth at CES that showcases several startups in the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and robotics fields that have sprung up in the company’s 5,000-square-foot Birmingham facility.

Key startups are DEFT DynamicsMoxieApex Pro and  Tocaro Blue.

Ross Wesson, co-founder of DEFT Dynamics, said CES offers the studio’s startups an unrivaled platform to get their technologies in front of industry decision-makers and to get instant feedback. After last year’s event, DEFT’s robotics startup, Robotical.ly, shifted its focus from consumer applications to industrial operations in physically hazardous environments. It’s now teaming with Birmingham’s Southern Research to develop smart robots for next-generation nuclear reactors under a Department of Energy grant.

At CES 2020, Wesson expects DEFT startup Moxie, which focuses on end-to-end IoT systems, to make waves. He says the venture benefits from the co-location of hardware and software teams, and access to unlimited industrial shop space for manufacturing and rapid prototyping, giving Moxie competitive advantages.

“Alabama’s workforce dynamics and the state’s dedication to economic development makes cities like Birmingham suddenly highly attractive locations for today’s new wave of technology companies — where hardware and software must be developed, prototyped, and even manufactured by teams working side by side under the same roof — something that could never be feasible in the ultra-expensive tech hubs like Silicon Valley and New York City,” Wesson said.

“At the end of the day, it’s just smart business. It’s why DEFT Dynamics and its member startups like Moxie are proud to state: ‘Built in Alabama. Trusted Globally,’” he added.


Innovation and Technology: Venture Studio DEFT Moves Into Internet of Things (IoT)

by Birmingham Business AllianceOCT 25th, 2019

“Deft has already had a tremendous impact on Birmingham’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and with the new venture, Moxie IoT, they arepoised to make an even bigger impact. Deft has the potential to help solve problems for some of the area’s largest companies right in their backyard and at a fraction of the price. Ross and Austin have created a dynamic operation that continues to produce some of the most exciting and innovative projects in the region.”

DEFT Dynamics’ Venture Studio has created MOXIE, an IoT platform producing industrial, healthcare and other products for funded startups.MOXIE says it can deliver a ready-to-use IoT system within 30 days of closing a deal.


New Startup MOXIE Aims at Internet-of-Things ("IoT") Market

by William ThorntonSep 27, 2019

The Birmingham startup that generates startups has a new one – targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) industry.

DEFT Dynamics’ Venture Studio has created MOXIE, an IoT platform producing industrial, healthcare and other products for funded startups.MOXIE says it can deliver a ready-to-use IoT system within 30 days of closing a deal.


New Startup MOXIE IoT is Launched by Birmingham's Fast-Growing "Venture Studio" DEFT Dynamics

by MOXIE IoTJan 24th, 2019


Latest BBA Investors Roundtable Focuses on Fundraising

by Birmingham Business AllianceJan 24th, 2019

... The panel delved into resources in Birmingham like the Alabama Capital Network, the Alabama Futures Fund and pitch competitions and trends of Birmingham investors. Multiple panelists stated they moved to Birmingham from various locations because of the myriad of resources offered here, including Wesson, who moved from New York City to start Deft Dynamics.

“We made that decision consciously,” Wesson said. “Birmingham is the perfect sized city. The cost of living and quality of life – selling that makes people relocate here.”


Entrepreneur Weekly - Interview at CES 2019

by Entrepreneur WeeklyJan 20th, 2019