Joe Blair – Investing in Profitable and Purposeful Companies

Joe Blair (@joseph_blair, TW) believes that a business does not have to sacrifice profit for purpose. As a venture capital investor with Obvious Ventures (Twitter, Medium, etc.), Joe is focused on companies with a world positive approach to business. That is to say, he’s focused on companies with a high potential for profit and a positive impact on the way we live and work.

Joe is also the host of The Epic Human Podcast (@EpicHumanPod, TW). A podcast featuring extraordinary people from all walks of life.

In this episode, Blake and Joe discuss:

  • How autonomous mobility might negatively affect small and medium-sized cities and what can be done about it.
  • Why our changing media consumption habits will do away with cable news.
  • The difference between “world positive” and “social impact” investing.

Find Joe on Twitter, @joseph_blair, and on LinkedIn.

Find The Future of Living Podcast online at https://futureoflivingpodcast.com, or on Twitter and Instagram: @FutureLivingPod.

 

Andrew Dickson – Building Turnkey, Autonomous Homes

Andrew Dickson (@bennettdickson, TW) believes the way homes are built is fundamentally flawed. The idea that we’re still constructing homes from the ground up, board by board, home by home is, in his opinion, inefficient and old-fashioned. He sees a future of turnkey homes built using pre-fabricated segments, extremely automated, and able to go seamlessly move on and off the electrical grid.

Dickson is the CEO & Founder of Acre Designs, a home construction startup re-imagining the American Home. In this conversation, he and Blake discuss:

  • Why home construction must be changed.
  • How Acre’s approach to single-family construction also benefits multi-family construction.
  • How to create energy independent homes and neighborhoods.

Learn more about Andrew and Acre at https://acre.co or on Andrew’s LinkedIn page. You can also find Andrew on Twitter, @bennettdickson.

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Standout Segments from Season 1 of the Future of Living

We’ve covered a lot of ground in our first season. We’ve spoken with experts in real estate tech, autonomous mobility, smart city technology, and more. In this episode, we wanted to revisit a few segments from some standout guests.

It includes conversations about:

  • The changes cities and real estate developers must consider in order to support the booming gig economy.
  • The future of flooring technology and how it will tell us if we are at risk for various health problems. No, really!
  • Why it’s imperative that affordable housing have access to smart home technology.

Featured in this episode are segments from:

Find Luke Norris on Twitter, @norrisluke, and also on LinkedIn. Learn more about his company, OpenCities, at https://www.opencities.com.

Diane Mulcahy can be found online at http://www.dianemulcahy.com. She is also active on Twitter, @dianemulcahy and LinkedIn.

The best place to find Rob Martens online is on Twitter, @schlagefuturist, and also LinkedIn. Find out more about Allegion at http://allegionventures.com.

Learn more about Joe Colistra at https://www.isdarchitecture.com and on LinkedIn.

Vignesh “Viggy” Ganapathy is on Twitter, @vigneshr4m and LinkedIn.

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The Unheard Future of Living: City as a Platform, Transportation Happiness Metrics, Quilting Moguls, and more!

Each episode of The Future of Living features a fascinating conversation with experts in smart living and smart city technology. These conversations generally go much deeper than what makes the final cut. As we round out season 1 and 2018 we wanted to share a few of our favorite segments that were cut for time.

This episode features previously unheard conversations with Ashley Hand (@azhandkc, TW), Jason Kander (@jasonkander, TW), Neto Marin (@netomarin, TW), and Daniel Herscovici (@danherscovici, TW).

In this episode Blake discusses 

  • The concept of City as a Platform, and a Transportation Happiness Metric with Ashley.
  • What technology won’t change, but will likely improve with Neto Marin.
  • Advice for entrepreneurs and startups in the Internet of Things space with Daniel Herscovici.
  • And The Quilting Mogul of Missouri with Jason Kander.

Find all the original episodes at:

Find Ashley Hand on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Daniel Herscovici can be found on Twitter and LinkedIn. Also on the Edison Partners website.

Neto Marin is very active on social media, find him on Twitter, and on Instagram, @netomarinbr, LinkedIn and on his website http://netomarin.io.

Lastly, Jason Kander’s website is https://jasonkander.com. Find his book at https://jasonkanderbook.com. He’s on Twitter and Instagram, @jasonkander.

Find The Future of Living Podcast online at https://futureoflivingpodcast.com. Or on Twitter and Instagram: @FutureLivingPod.

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Tim Smith – Humanizing Autonomous Mobility

Tim Smith (@timsmith, IG) refers to himself as a “human-to-whatever” designer. It’s a description stems from his belief that human-centered design principles can be applied to every situation. He even once designed a machine for more efficiently milking cows. In his current role as Global Auto & Mobility Director at ustwo, he is focused on the in-car autonomous car experience.

Specifically, Smith and his colleagues are researching how to make autonomous travel accessible for both able and disabled passengers. He co-authored Humanising Autonomy: Where are we going?, in which he argues the auto industry’s approach to autonomy is imbalanced. In addition to focusing on the technical challenges, he and his co-authors argue the human-factors involved in autonomy must be considered.

In this conversation, Blake and Tim discuss:

  • The challenges facing the auto industry when designing for accessibility.
  • The unintended consequences to retrofitting properties for accessibility.
  • The importance of voice centered human experiences both in and out of the car.

Find Tim on Twitter, @mypoorbrain, on Instagram, @timsmith and on LinkedIn.

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Matt Wilson – Working Nomadically

Matt Wilson (@mattwilsontv, IG) takes working remotely to the next level. Wilson works nomadically. Most recently, he set up shop in a Costa Rican jungle, surrounded by monkeys, a laptop and a 100mb Internet connection. Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Under30Experiences, a travel company focused on people aged 21 to 35. You might think, “Ah, no wonder! Working nomadically is his job,” and you’d only be partly right.

When you listen to Matt speak, either on Future of Living or his own podcast, Live Different, you quickly realize Wilson would be living his life this way whether it was his job or not. In 2012, Wilson took his first trip abroad and while standing on a glacier in Iceland he knew he needed to see the world and connect with others that had come to the same realization. Thus Under30Experiences was born.

In this conversation, Blake and Matt discuss:

  • How to create a business flexible enough to accommodate remote and nomadic workers.
  • The changes families are making in order to live nomadically.
  • What property owners, investors, and managers can do to accommodate nomadic residents.

Look up Matt Wilson on Instagram, @mattwilsontv, to see some of his latest travels and what he’s up to with Under30Experiences. Also, find Under30Experiences online at https://www.under30experiences.com.

Find The Future of Living Podcast online at https://futureoflivingpodcast.com. Or on Twitter and Instagram: @FutureLivingPod.

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Scott Harkins – Connecting the Whole Home, Inside and Out

Scott Harkins (@scharks5, TW) is one of those people you just expect to have all the really cool gadgets you could imagine and the capability to make them all work together. This comes in handy in his role as VP & GM of Resideo Connected Home where he oversees the future of Resideo products and their interoperability within the home. Resideo spun out of Honeywell and recently went public (NYSE: REZI).

One thing that sets Resideo apart from its competitors, like Nest or Ring, is its ability to not only compete on the wall but also in the wall. This is a huge advantage when setting out to connect an entire home through the Internet of Things. It’s one thing to control your HVAC remotely, it’s another thing when your HVAC  communicates with your automatic blinds in order to work together to conserve energy. This is where Resideo lives and in the middle of it all is Scott Harkins.

In this conversation, Blake and Scott discuss:

  • What Real Estate Developers can do to ensure new buildings are ready for the future.
  • Monetizing IoT devices and services beyond the initial consumer transaction.
  • The role of the connected car in the connected home.

Find Scott on Twitter, @scharks5 and on LinkedIn. Also, check out what Resideo is up to on their website, https://www.resideo.com.

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Rhonda Dirvin – Leveraging IoT to Conserve, Protect and Maintain

Rhonda Dirvin on The Future of Living Podcast

Rhonda Dirvin (@RADirvin, TW) is passionate about the Internet of Things and it’s potential for improving all aspects of our lives. More than little boxes that talk to us and spout the time and temperature, Dirvin sees a future where IoT aids with conservation, building maintenance, and actually making our lives more secure, rather than being a security risk.

Dirvin is a veteran in the electronics industry with more than two decades of experience. She started her career at Motorola Semiconductor where she spent 17 years. In 2011 she joined Arm where she now drives Arm’s marketing and ecosystems strategy for embedded, IoT and automotive. Arm is one of those companies you interact with daily and don’t even know it.

In this episode Blake and Rhonda discuss:

  • The role of the Internet of Things in Building maintenance and energy conservation.
  • What Fog Computing is and its advantages over Cloud Computing.
  • Privacy and security for everyone using the Internet of Things.

Find Rhonda Dirvin on Twitter, @RADirvin and on LinkedIn. Check out the incredible things Arm is doing at https://community.arm.com.

Find The Future of Living Podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @FutureLivingPod.

Aman Manik – Adapting to a Cashless, Kitchenless World

Before Postmates, before GrubHub, before Door Dash, before food delivery from any restaurant around you was ubiquitous there was Fastbite. Aman Manik (@amanik, TW) was at the center of Fastbite as Co-Founder and Head of Product and Operations all the way up until Square acquired the company in February of 2015. 

Aman is a product management professional focusing on mobile productivity solutions for enterprise and business users. Prior to his experience with Fastbite and time at Square, Manik spent time as Principal Product Manager at NortonCloud and Business Development with Box. These days he’s watching and advising on world tech trends as it pertains to mobile, payments and productivity.

In this conversation, Blake and Aman discuss:

  • The slow adoption and superiority of tap-to-pay payments.
  • How restaurants can scale with “cloud kitchens.”
  • How property owners and developers might plan for changes in the way households plan, prepare, and consume meals.

Find Aman Manik on Twitter, @amanik, on LinkedIn and at his website, https://www.amanmanik.com.

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Katy Lynch – Transforming Ordinary Spaces Into Forever Learning Environments

Katy Lynch (@thekatylynch) dreams of teaching 1 billion kids to code. Yeah, 1 BILLION! Big dreams call for big plans and as the Co-Founder and CMO of Codeverse, she might just get it done. Codeverse is the world’s first fully interactive coding school and educational technology platform for kids. They created a programming language specifically for kids! Additionally, Codeverse is transforming ordinary spaces into irresistible centers of learning for kids.

Before co-founding Codeverse, Lynch was the CEO of Techweek; America’s largest traveling technology festival. Prior to Techweek, Katy started and later sold SocialKaty, Inc., the largest social media marketing agency in Chicago. To say that Katy has biz chops is an understatement. It’s almost unfair her level of talent and acumen.

In this conversation, Blake and Katy discuss:

  • Why it’s imperative that children learn to code.
  • The merits and untapped potential value of Project Based Learning.
  • What investors and developers should be thinking about when accommodating families.

Find Katy Lynch on Twitter and Instagram: @thekatylynch. Check out the amazing work being done through Codeverse at https://www.codeverse.com.

Find The Future of Living Podcast online at https://futureoflivingpodcast.com. Or on Twitter and Instagram: @FutureLivingPod.