Nitesh Gandhi – Living as a Service


There’s a saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” Nitesh Gandhi, Founder & CEO of Locale wants to make it so that wherever you go, you have a home. Locale (@StayWithLocale, IG) is an innovative, design-led aparthotel company based in Austin, TX. They partner with real estate owners and developers to design, furnish, and lease vacant units for short term stays.

Aparthotel is a relatively new term that we wrote about on the Homebase blog, Aparthotels: How Far Will Multifamily and Hospitality Converge?. Some might see it as the next evolution of Airbnb, but Gandhi envisions something bigger, Living as a Service.

In this conversation Blake and Nitesh discuss:

  • What Aparthotels are and how they benefit real estate owners and developers.
  • How Living as a Service will introduce a new level of flexibility for both independent and corporate workers.
  • The role of community when building vibrant multifamily, mixed-use properties.

Learn more about Locale and Nitesh Gandhi at Check out the Locale Instagram account, too, if you need to quench some wanderlust. The Locale Facebook page is where you can keep up with what’s happening at various Locale destinations. Finally, connect with Nitesh Gandhi on his LinkedIn page.

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Dr. Damon Heybrock – Reclaiming Healthcare


When was the last time your doctor met you at a coffee shop to diagnose an ailment? For that matter when was the last time you called your doctor’s office and got an appointment within the hour, then actually saw your doctor within the hour? Can your doctor pull off a legit horizontal bar routine and stick the landing? Probably not and Dr. Damon Heybrock (@healthstudiokc, IG) probably isn’t your doctor.

Dr. Heybrock is a pioneer in a type of practice gaining popularity in America; Direct Primary Care. This model of healthcare is subscription based and patients have unbelievable access to their physicians at all hours of the day, are on a first name basis with their physician, and getting in touch is often as easy a text message.

In this conversation, Blake and Dr. Heybrock discuss:

  • What subscription medicine means for the future of healthcare.
  • The role of wearable tech in healthcare present and future.
  • What Real Estate Developers need to know to attract and retain Direct Primary Care practices.

Find Dr. Damon Heybrock online at, on Instagram as @HealthStudioKC and on Facebook. Additionally, you may connect with Dr. Heybrock on his LinkedIn page.

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Jeff Wood – Optimizing Urban Transit and Land Use


Jeff Wood (@TheOverheadWire, TW) thinks we won’t ever have truly autonomous cars and that Apple is stuck in the past. His reasoning is sound, unique, and definitely not what you might expect to hear from anyone in Silicon Valley. Jeff owns and operates The Overhead Wire, a San Francisco based consultancy focused on transit and land use strategies primarily in urban areas.

Jeff also curates The Overhead Wire Daily, a newsletter disseminating over 30 pieces of news about cities around the world for advocates, elected leaders, researchers, and other interested parties. Additionally, you can hear Jeff each week on the Talking Headways podcast.

In this conversation Blake and Jeff discuss:

  • The “Location Affordability Index”.
  • Why we should be concerned that only a few companies control map data.
  • Challenges and opportunities facing city executives, planners, and real estate entrepreneurs as urban areas continue to boom.

Find Jeff online at The Overhead Wire, on Twitter, @TheOverheadWire, and on the Talking Headways podcast. You can also connect with Jeff on his LinkedIn page.

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Taylor Lembi – Streamlining Tenant Qualification

In 2010 Taylor Lembi lost his father to cancer. The man that taught him everything he knew about real estate investing, development and management was gone and his motivation to continue ruling the San Francisco real estate market was waning. So he decided to learn how to code. His desire to try something new and his disdain for paper clutter gave birth to Intellirent (@intellirent, IG), a smart service that streamlines tenant applications and fills vacancies fast; even for international applicants.

A 3rd generation San Francisco real estate investor, Lembi and his partners now manage over 2500 units in the bay area. That number only goes up when you factor in all the units that Intellirent handles nationally. Over the course of his illustrious 20-year career, Taylor has acquired, managed, financed, and advised on more than $3 billion of real estate related transactions.

In this episode Blake and Taylor discuss:

  • The importance of delegation, especially when starting a new business or bringing a new building to market.
  • Challenges associated with retrofitting old buildings with new, smart technology.
  • How small living spaces can be made into versatile, communal living experiences in densely populated markets.

The best way to connect with Taylor is through his LinkedIn page. Learn more about Intellirent at, and keep up with them on Instagram, @intellirent.

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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.

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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 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

Diane Mulcahy can be found online at 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

Learn more about Joe Colistra at 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

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

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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

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