Startup Founders to Watch in 2014

Courtesy SmartThings
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Alex Hawkinson | SmartThings

Why he’s important: After a successful launch on Kickstarter with the SmartThings starter kit, Hawkinson devoted the past year to building a platform that connects a range of devices to the web.

Watch for: With $12.5 million in Series A funding to toy with, Hawkinson hopes to broaden the company’s reach online and offline. He'll also encourage more products to be built for SmartThings' platform.