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Who’s The Next Blockbuster?

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We like to end each episode with the “Lightning Round”, a series of questions meant to elicit answers off the top of the guests head. The funny thing about this segment is that the questions rarely produce an immediate response. Almost without fail, the first question asked is, “Is there an industry or service that you see becoming obsolete in the next 10 years? In other words, ‘Who is the next Blockbuster?'” At first, we wondered if we should change the questions to make for a more rapid-fire segment. However, after the first few episodes of Future of Living, we realized these questions actually sparked a little more conversation and insight into the guest beyond their area of expertise.

“Who is the next Blockbuster?” quickly started to generate some of our favorite answers and conversations. At the end of season one, we had the idea to create an entire episode featuring answers to just this question.

In this episode, various guests from the past two years talk about the industries, business, and companies they believe are at risk of obsolescence, or at the very least, massive disruption in the next 10 years. From landline phone providers to the auto industry to one very surprising and extremely well thought out and rational answer from Jeff Wood (@theOverheadWire, TW), this episode is a rapid-fire look back.

What’s great about this question is that it actually uncovers our guests’ thoughts about what the future will be like and less about what will cease to exist. Some of these answers are rooted in the guests’ expertise and industry knowledge. Some are simply educated observations, if not also intuitive. We couldn’t think of a better way to close out season 2 of the Future of Living than with this lightning round episode.

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Season 2 Highlights from the Future of Living

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This past season of Future of Living featured 20 fantastic guests. We covered a lot of ground, too. The future of construction, retail food technology, downtown stadiums, affordable housing, affordable transportation, and so much more. This episode features five standout segments from the past season.

In this episode:

  • Elizabeth Glynn of Travois talks about the economic development work they are doing in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Specifically, how their focus is helping mini-cities flourish in these communities and the surprising challenges for technological advancement.
  • Jon Dishotsky of Starcity talks about the rise of co-living as a means of affordable housing in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and the surprising makeup of residents in these communities.
  • Sarah McMillian from Temboo talks about how IoT technology and Temboo are helping to preserve buildings and retrofit them so owners can better monitor their services.
  • Gabe Halimi of Flo Technologies talks about how water sensor technology can stop catastrophic home damage before it happens, but also conserve trillions of gallons of water in cities.
  • Calandra Cruikshank from Statebook talks about the rise of Opportunity Zones and what they mean for Real Estate Investors and Developers. Additionally, she explains how Statebooks technology streamlines selecting Opportunity Zones to invest in.

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Ryan Coon on Democratizing Property Management and Tenant Experience Technology

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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 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 team member.

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Logan Nagel on Curating the Tenant Experience

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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 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 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 on Building Championship Communities and Cultures

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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 Follow him on Twitter, @GoldbergKC, on Instagram, @JoelGoldbergKC, and on LinkedIn, @JoelGoldbergKC.

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Calandra Cruickshank on Streamlining Location Selection and Opportunity Zone Investments

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Selecting a corporate site or validating an investment in an opportunity zone can take a very long time, sometimes months. Calandra Cruickshank (@CalandraLila) 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 location 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, 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 in location selection 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 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 on Creating Efficient, Secure, and Magical Package Delivery Solutions

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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 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 on Making City Life Accessible with Affordable Co-Living Apartments

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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 apartments-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, 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 on Preserving and Modernizing Historical Buildings With Connected Technology

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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,, 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 modernizing 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 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 Finally, follow the Temboo LinkedIn page additional IoT information and practical how-tos.

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Spencer Dickerson on Planning, Designing, and Building for Residential Micromobility

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Micromobility 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 micromobility services in cities across America. VeoRide (@veoride.mobility), 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 micromobility sharing company that works with communities to provide convenient, eco-friendly, and responsible transportation for the modern world. VeoRide was born out of 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 micromobility considerations RE Pros must be aware of when planning, designing, constructing or retrofitting a building.
  • How residential micromobility options can aid in greater community engagement and resident happiness.

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

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