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.

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Rhonda Dirvin – Leveraging IoT to Conserve, Protect and Maintain

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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.

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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.

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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.

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David Brain – Developing Environments for Meaningful Social Connection

We are social creatures that crave community. David Brain knows this and it is at the core of his developments. Over a decade ago he was presented with an opportunity that others questioned, but he knew that the human desire for community would make this opportunity a sensation: the megaplex movie theater. Obviously, he was right.

Brain has set his sights on other community hubs like state of the art co-working office buildings and the infrastructure for new community hubs; massive data centers.

In this episode Blake and David discuss:

  • Growing investor interest in data centers.
  • Community as an amenity.
  • The next frontier of community hubs.

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Neto Marin – Building Proactive AI Assistants for the Home

The debate over the next big platform is one we love to have on this podcast. Neto Marin (@netomarin, TW) believes Voice just might have the upper hand. Neto works at Google on Google Assistant, Google Home and other devices that rely on our voice. As Actions on Google Developer Advocate, he spends his time educating people on what is possible and thinking beyond what is current.

One fun fact, when Neto was growing up in Brazil, an iPhone cost as much as a used car. This only added to his love of open source programming languages and open ecosystems. 

In this conversation, Blake and Neto discuss:

  • Reactive versus proactive AI assistant experiences.
  • How to teach children to interact with AI politely.
  • The potential for cultural education from AI.

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Vignesh Ganapathy – Delivering Community

In high school, two of Vignesh “Viggy” Ganapathy’s (@vigneshr4m, TW) friends were incarcerated and thus begun Viggy’s quest for social justice.  It’s a quest that’s taken him through law school at UC Santa Cruz, into politics, into community organization and now technology as the Sr. Government Relations Lead at Postmates. It’s a role that fits his personal mission to positively impact neighborhoods through community engagement and innovative technology solutions to combat complex, pervasive issues.

At Postmates, Viggy oversees the company’s legislative and regulatory program, focused on the future of work, privacy, robotics, innovation, and how tech intersects with our communities. This focus has lead to innovative initiatives at Postmates like registering delivery recipients to vote… along with a burrito.

In this conversation, Viggy and Blake cover a lot of ground including:

  • The dangers of isolation posed by services such as Postmates and what they’re doing to combat that effect.
  • Building social good and justice initiatives into experiences that consumers already love and regularly use.
  • How property owners and developers can better equip their communities to leverage services like Postmates.

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Jason Kander – Reimagining Government As Customer Service

Most people lament that government doesn’t truly work for the people. Jason Kander (@jasonkander, TW) thinks about this a lot and he believes he’s got a good solution. The government needs to reimagine itself as Customer Service. This might include simple solutions like a voting holiday, streamlining practices so that people don’t wait on hold for hours or wait months for services, or simply installing sidewalks where they don’t exist.

Jason Kander gained national attention in 2016 while running for the US Senate in Missouri with a commercial featuring him assembling a rifle while blindfolded. While he didn’t win, his platform and character earned him the endorsement of President Barack Obama as the future of the Democratic Party.

Since then Kander has gone on to form Let America Vote to end voter suppression, started the podcast Majority 54 on Crooked Media and earlier this year published Outside The Wire.

In this conversation, Jason and Blake discuss:

  • Common sense high and low tech solutions to end voter suppression
  • Why “Entrepreneur” shouldn’t be synonymous with “Tech”
  • How skilled workers are building a future in the age of automation

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Diane Mulcahy – Accessing the American Dream Through The Gig Economy

Diane Mulcahy (@dianemulcahy) wrote the book on The Gig Economy. Literally. As the author of The Gig Economy, Diane is keenly tuned into the future of work, how it will affect the way we live and the economic revolution it is ushering in. All of which Diane dives into in this conversation.

Six years ago, before it was even a thing, Diane created an MBA course on the Gig Economy at Babson College. The course gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovate Business School Courses in the country.

Diane walks her talk. She works independently, remotely, and flexibly in the Gig Economy as a consultant and advisor to Fortune 500 and startup company clients, and as a speaker, writer, and adjunct professor.

In this conversation, Diane and Blake discuss:

  • How remote and independent workers are changing living spaces.
  • Access versus ownership and how the former is reshaping the American Dream.
  • The reigning platform of the future and why it’s already here.

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Chris Detert – Pairing IBM Watson and Influencers to Amplify Brands

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Before Influencer Marketing was a thing Chris Detert (@ChrisDetert) was leveraging the power of celebrity to build brands like Petit Trésor, Von Dutch, Kasil Jeans and dozens more. These days Detert is the Chief Communications Officer at Influential and is mixing in the power of IBM Watson to build brands and influence consumer trends.

Influential, the only IBM Watson Developer Partner in the influencer technology and marketing space, is an A.I. influencer platform with enterprise technology and a patent-pending app in the hip pocket of more than 20,000 of the most highly engaged social media influencers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat, that reaches over 5 billion followers.

In this conversation, Blake and Chris talk about:

  • The future of retail experiences
  • Influentials unique ability to make things trend
  • What defines an influencer.

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