Ryan Coon – Democratizing Property Management and Tenant Experience Technology

In the United States, there are approximately 45 million residential rental units. More than half, about 53%, or 24 million of those rental units are managed by individuals, not institutional property groups. Yet, most of the technology for managing rental properties are built for big, enterprise real estate organizations. Ryan Coon (@ryanmcoon, TW) calls those 24 million property owners “DIY Landlords,” and he believes in them. A DIY landlord himself, Ryan is co-founder and CEO of Avail, a rental property management app created to provide DIY landlords the experience they deserve.

In this conversation, Blake and Ryan discuss:

  • Tactics and technology landlords of all sizes can employ for improving the tenant experience, and the likelihood of retaining tenants.
  • How smart technology can not only improve the tenant experience but also improve the landlord experience and bottom line.
  • Maximizing technology ROI with prompt payments and better tenant screening.

At Avail, Ryan focuses on company strategy, hiring, and developing new partnerships. Prior to co-founding Avail in 2012, Ryan was an Investment Banking Associate at BMO Capital Markets performing M&A and equity capital markets transactions for financial services firms. Ryan left BMO in February 2011 to travel the world and pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. He earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Find Ryan on Twitter, @RyanMCoon, and LinkedIn, @RyanCoon.

Check out Avail at Avail.co. You can also find them on all the major social networks as @HelloAvail.

Listen to the Tech Nest podcast episode featuring Blake Miller. Tech Nest: The Real Estate and Tech Show is hosted by Nate Smoyer, an Avail.co team member.

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Logan Nagel – Curating the Tenant Experience

Logan Nagel Future of Living Podcast Curating the Tenant Experience

When it comes to tenant attraction and retention it seems like everyone in the Real Estate industry is trying to one-up each other. An “Amenities Arms Race,” some might say. Logan Nagel (@Logan_W_Nagel, TW) has witnessed much of this race first as an analyst and now as Associate Publisher at Propmodo.com. Nagel believes strongly and has witnessed first hand, the value brought to a building when a tenant’s experience is carefully curated and optimized.

In this conversation, Blake and Logan discuss:

  • Why curating the tenant experience is important and how some buildings are doing so.
  • How the “Amenities Arms Race” is changing the bottom line.
  • The rise of suburban co-working models and the urbanization of the suburbs.

Logan Nagel is a professional in PropTech and media with a focus on investment, development, technology, and sustainability. He is Propmodo’s Associate Publisher and was previously the junior member of Tucson, Arizona’s top 100+ unit apartment sales team with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR.

Before that, Logan worked with Tandem, a Chicago-based mixed-use apartment developer and also worked with J.P. Morgan as a Multi-Family Investment Analyst focusing on LIHTC investments of up to ~$52 million around the country.

Read Logan’s articles on Propmodo at Propmodo.com. Connect with him on Twitter, @Logan_W_Nagel and on LinkedIn, @LWNagel.

Specifically, read a few of Logan’s articles discussed in this episode: Don’t Let Smartphones Hijack the Tenant ExperienceMeasuring Building Quality Beyond the Financial ModelYour Building is Talking, Are You Listening?

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Joel Goldberg – Building Championship Communities and Cultures

Joel Goldberg on the Future of Living Podcast with Blake Miller

Downtown stadiums are special. There’s something inexplicably enjoyable about leaving work and walking to a ballgame. This experience becomes magical when after the game you can simply walk home. As a baseball reporter and analyst, Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc, TW) has traveled to just about every baseball stadium in the United States. He’s seen more than his fair share of downtown stadiums and hotels and as both a professional and a traveler, he has a unique perspective on what makes these types of properties memorable and enjoyable.

In this conversation, Blake and Joel discuss:

  • How to create a championship culture in communities of all types.
  • What truly makes downtown stadiums successful.
  • What Real Estate Professionals should be looking at when considering investments near stadiums.

A native of suburban Philadelphia and Chicago, Joel has been a member of the Kansas City Royals television broadcast since 2008, serving as the host of every pregame and postgame show on FOX Sports Kansas City.

The University of Wisconsin graduate won a 2001 Mid-America Emmy for sports reporting and has covered multiple championship teams in Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

Joel built a nearly 25-year career developing and maintaining strong relationships with professional athletes, coaches, and team management and he now shares those stories and strategies with companies and associations.

Learn more about Joel on his website JoelGoldbergMedia.com. Follow him on Twitter, @GoldbergKC, on Instagram, @JoelGoldbergKC, and on LinkedIn, @JoelGoldbergKC.

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Calandra Cruickshank – Streamlining Location Selection and Opportunity Zone Investments

Calandra Cruickshank Statebook on the Future of Living Podcast

Selecting a corporate site or validating an investment in an opportunity zone can take a very long time, sometimes months. Calandra Cruickshank (@CalandraLila, TW) recognized that by leveraging the power of big data, these processes could be significantly faster and easier. Thus, Statebook International® was founded. Statebook is the first nationwide online marketplace for economic development and corporate site selection headquartered in NY.

With over a decade in the tech industry, Cruickshank specializes in designing and implementing creative campaigns using sustainable and socially responsible programs and strategic alliances between for-profit and non-profit companies and government agencies.

Calandra previously co-founded and served as president and on the board of directors for CommonKindness.com, an online coupon hosting platform that benefits nonprofits while saving consumers money and driving traffic and sales to brands and retailers. Calandra also co-founded and served as senior vice president for Good Deed Foundation, a national branding and licensing company that leveraged existing supermarket products to support non-profit organizations benefitting climate change and women and families in poverty.

In this conversation, Blake and Calandra discuss:

  • The rise of Opportunity Zones and how Real Estate Investors can leverage big data to streamline decision making.
  • What corporations are most attracted to when selecting a new location and how this might affect real estate.
  • How Real Estate Developers are transforming abandoned malls into community-focused experiences.

Learn more about Statebook International® at https://www.statebook.com. Check out their About Page for direct emails to Calandra and her team. Follow Statebook on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Finally, connect with Calandra on Twitter, @CalandraLila, and on LinkedIn.

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Melody Akhtari – Creating Efficient, Secure, and Magical Package Delivery Solutions

Melody Akhtari on the Future of Living with Blake Miller

In 2011, Amazon introduced TV & movie streaming as part of its Prime subscription service. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this boosted Prime subscriptions, boosting Amazon sales, and creating a boom in package deliveries. Today, nearly 47% of package deliveries come from Amazon! In multi-family and mixed-use buildings, this created a huge problem. Melody Akhtari (@iMelody, TW), Director of Marketing & Communications at Luxer One (@LuxerOne, TW), says that what started as a front desk courtesy in these properties is now a major headache. Luxer One has the solution.

Luxer One is a technology company specializing in secure delivery and convenient pick up of goods. The company’s smart package lockers and access control technology are used across industries, including residential, retail, commercial, and higher education.

As multifamily’s most trusted name in locker technology, Luxer One has deployed thousands of lockers throughout the USA and Canada to facilitate the delivery of goods for customers. The high-quality locker hardware is designed and manufactured in the United States, and Luxer One’s in-house developers and designers build the system’s software applications. Lockers can be fully customized to unique customer scenarios, from vibrant colors and wraps to customized UX screens.

The Luxer One team started innovating 24/7 automated locker solutions in San Francisco in 2005, with the Luxer One brand launching in 2013. Today, the company is headquartered in Sacramento, CA, with over 150 employees globally. In late 2018, Luxer One joined the ASSA ABLOY family of security and access control brands.

Melody believes deeply in the power of brand promise, led by the drumbeat of a central company credo. She helped to refine and promote Luxer One’s mission statement of “relentlessly improving how the world receives goods.” During her first year with the company, Melody also supported Luxer One’s sister company, Laundry Locker, which was dedicated to convenient dry cleaning for multifamily residents of San Francisco.

In this episode Blake and Melody discuss:

  • How package lockers increase both efficiency and a buildings bottom line.
  • What property owners should be considering when planning for package locker services in their buildings.
  • Ensuring accessibility to package locker services through compliance and customization.

Learn more about Luxer One and their line of products visit LuxerOne.com. You can also follow Luxer One on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Connect with Melody Akhtari on Twitter, @iMelody, and on her LinkedIn page.

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Jon Dishotsky – Making City Life Accessible with Affordable Co-Living Solutions

The Future of Living with Starcity co-founder and CEO Jon Dishotsky

We’ve all been in a co-living situation when you stop to think about it. Whether it be living with family, friends, or classmates. Co-living, as a concept, isn’t new. However, co-living as a service and affordable solution to city living is on the rise. WeWork has entered the space with WeLive. Startups are also entering the space, like Ollie and Starcity. Jon Dishotsky (@jondishotsky, TW) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Starcity and is on a mission to make cities more accessible to everyone.

Starcity is a startup building a new category of real estate called co-living. Designed to help make cities accessible to anyone, Starcity offers its residents a comfortable living experience with a private, fully furnished bedroom complemented by warm, inviting shared kitchens and living spaces. Prior to co-founding Starcity in 2016, Jon spent more than ten years in commercial real estate, helping companies expand their headcount globally. Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Economics from UC Davis and is based in San Francisco, CA.

Starcity makes living arrangements delightful and sustainable so that people can stay in cities long-term. They do this by redefining the meaning of home. Innovative interior-design that increases livable space and smart technology that reduces waste is at the core of their product. Starcity is building communities in a way that reflects the diverse, eclectic nature of each city.

In this conversation, Blake and Jon discuss:

  • Why the real estate market is ripe for co-living developments.
  • How co-living property ROI differs from traditional real estate assets.
  • The technology used to manage co-living properties and how it differs from traditional property management software.

Learn more about Starcity on their website, starcity.com. Follow them on Twitter, @starcity and on Instagram, @joinstarcity. You can find Jon on Twitter, @jondishotsky, and on LinkedIn.

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Sarah McMillian – Preserving and Modernizing Historical Buildings With Connected Technology

Temboo's Sarah McMillina on the Future of Living Podcast with Blake Miller

Sarah McMillian believes historical buildings hold vast amounts of valuable cultural currency. They tell a story not only of the people that built the building but also of the community in which they lived and what they valued. And so preserving historical buildings, in her view, is valuable to our culture and our community. Additionally, and equally important, preserving buildings is more sustainable than building new and has a positive environmental impact. New construction requires quite a bit of fossil fuel energy and releases a great amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

As Business Development Lead at Temboo, an industrial Internet of Things (IoT) software startup based in New York City, Sarah helps real estate developers and other businesses make their products, processes, and facilities smart. Sarah has helped a diverse group of companies across the globe find customers for their innovative products and services. Her first job out of MIT was Marketing & Sales Lead for an India-based startup where she launched the country’s first biodegradable sanitary pad brand. She later joined the eCommerce unicorn, Jet.com, where she grew sales of a multi-million dollar business unit. Sarah has written for TechCrunch and other publications about how to build a more sustainable, equitable future, and lives by the motto “leave a place better than you found it.”

In this conversation, Sarah and Blake discuss:

  • The importance of interoperability not only in historical buildings but also in new buildings.
  • Practical and economic ways Real Estate Professionals can connect their historical buildings and create interoperability.
  • Why Real Estate Developers should preserve old buildings instead of building new.

The best place to find Sarah McMillian online is on her LinkedIn page. Learn more about Temboo at https://temboo.com. Follow Temboo on Twitter, @temboo, on Instagram, @temboo_iot, and on Facebook. Temboo’s YouTube page holds a wealth of how-to and explainer videos to help you modernize your historical buildings, check them out at https://www.youtube.com/temboo. Finally, follow the Temboo LinkedIn page additional IoT information and practical how-tos.

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Spencer Dickerson – Planning, Designing, and Building for Micro-Mobility as an Amenity with VeoRide

Spencer Dickerson VeoRide Micromobility for Cities, Campuses and Apartment Communities

Micro-mobility is a term often used to describe tools and services that facilitate the first or last leg of a journey. That short bit of travel required to make it to or from the longer, typically car-facilitated part of a trip. Currently, services like Bird, Lime, and Citibike are providing micro-mobility services in cities across America. VeoRide (@veoride.mobility, IG), however, is specifically focused on filling this need on college campuses, or micro-cities as we like to think of them.

College campuses aren’t unlike cities, multi-family or mixed-use developments in that they also must deal with providing parking for students, staff, and guests. Roads inherently divide and when creating a vibrant, engaging community is paramount, planning, designing and building for micro-mobility is a great way to provide more green space, cut back on automobile traffic, and cut carbon emissions.

Spencer Dickerson is the Western US Regional Manager for VeoRide, a micro-mobility sharing company that works with communities to provide convenient, eco-friendly, and responsible transportation for the modern world. VeoRide was born out fo two students shared frustration in finding flexible, reliable and convenient transportation on campus.

In this conversation, Blake and Spencer discuss:

  • Why Real Estate professionals should be integrating with micro-mobility services.
  • The micro-mobility considerations RE Pros must be aware of when planning, designing, constructing or retrofitting a building.
  • How micro-mobility options can aid in greater community engagement and resident happiness.

Learn more about VeoRide at their website, https://www.veoride.com. Follow them on Instagram, @veoride.mobility, on Facebook, @VeoRide, on Twitter, @VeoRideMobility, and on LinkedIn.

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Dr. Brian Matthys – Using Wearable Tech to Prevent Skin Cancer

Dr. Brian Matthys - Using Wearable Tech to Prevent Skin Cancer

It might not seem connected, but nearly drowning as a child lead Dr. Brian Matthys into Dermatology. Nearly drowning convinced him he needed to become a stronger swimmer. So he committed himself to that endeavor and spent an exceptional amount of time under the sun and in the water at the pool practicing, and lifeguarding. It was during this time he witnessed first hand the harmful effects of sun damage on un- or poorly protected skin. 

A self-described “fixer,” today Dr. Matthys is on a mission to help people protect their skin. Part of that mission gave birth to Eclipse Rx™, a patent pending, solar-powered, wearable device that tracks sun exposure and uses technology to change behaviors to help people protect their skin.

This technology is opening up a world of opportunity for physicians and remotely monitored healthcare. In this conversation, Blake and Dr. Matthys discuss:

  • How Real Estate developers can increase the longevity of properties by protecting against sun damage.
  • Steps property owners and community planners can take to assist in improving residents sun health.
  • What remotely monitored healthcare actually means for the future of physicians.

Learn more about Eclipse Rx™ at https://eclipsrx.com and give them a follow on Instagram, @eclipse.rx, on Twitter, @LUVLifeOutdoors and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/exclipserx. Connect with Dr. Matthys on his LinkedIn page.

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Gabe Halimi – Stopping Catastrophe Before it Starts

Gabe Halimi on The Future of Living Podcast Flo Technologies

Did you know that your home is twice as likely to suffer water damage than fire or theft combined? Gabe Halimi (@gabehalimi, TW) is well aware of this and learned the hard way. After suffering catastrophic water damage, Gabe’s Dad felt he could devise a solution to stop home water damage before it started. Thus Flo was created.

Halimi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Flo Technologies, the creators of a breakthrough plumbing technology that detects and stops leaks before they turn into much bigger problems. Prior to his own experience, Gabe Halimi was very familiar with plumbing failures. As a claims manager, he touched millions of dollars in product liability claims for allegedly failed plumbing products. This was a crucial career step that helped give way to Flo.

In this conversation, Blake and Gabe discuss:

  • How technology like Flo is affecting water conservation at a municipal level.
  • Ways for Multifamily and Multi-purpose real estate to leverage preventative technology like Flo.
  • Why the Internet of Things might resurrect skilled labor trades.

Find Gabe on Twitter, @gabehalimi or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielhalimi. Also, feel free to email Gabe at g@meetflow.com. Learn more about Flo and watch a great video with Gabe and his Dad at https://meetflo.com.

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