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, 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,, 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 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 – 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, 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 and give them a follow on Instagram, @eclipse.rx, on Twitter, @LUVLifeOutdoors and on Facebook at 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 Also, feel free to email Gabe at Learn more about Flo and watch a great video with Gabe and his Dad at

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Chris Webb – Bridging the Gap Between Small Restaurants and Big Tech

Chris Webb Co-Founder and CEO of ChowNow on the Future of Living Podcast

Chris Webb (@ChrisChowNow, TW) has always had an affinity for small and independently owned restaurants. Dining at these restaurants, in his opinion, is like taking a mini-vacation. His love of these small businesses and his own family’s small step into the food retail space revealed in him a passion at the intersection of food and technology.

Chris Webb is the CEO and co-founder of ChowNow, the leading online ordering and marketing platform for local restaurants. Founded in 2011, ChowNow currently works with 11,000 restaurants nationwide – making it easy for customers to order directly from their websites, ChowNow-built branded mobile apps and third-party websites including Google, Yelp, and Instagram.

Prior to ChowNow, Chris was a founding investor in healthy, fast-casual chain Tender Greens. Chris’ involvement in Tender Greens fueled his mission to put smaller independent restaurants on a level playing field with the national chains when it came to technology solutions, tools, and apps.

The LA-native began his career with ten years trading on Wall Street at various firms including Lehman Brothers and RBC Capital Markets.

In this conversation, Blake and Chris discuss:

  • Why ordering direct from the retailer should always be the consumer’s first option.
  • How Google, Yelp, and Facebook stack up against each other in the restaurant discovery and rating space.
  • Practical ways Real Estate Owners and Developers can make their properties more conducive to food delivery services for their residents and the services.

ChowNow is available nationwide and can be found online at You can find Chris on Twitter, @ChrisChowNow and on his LinkedIn page.

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Matt Staub – Building Dense Urban Neighborhoods for Everyone

Matt Staub on the Future of Living Podcast with Blake Miller

Matt Staub (@staubio, TW) expects that in the not-so-distant future urban neighborhoods will see an even greater influx of residents than is already being experienced. The pace of automation replacing traditional jobs will gut rural and exurb towns, driving those residents to nearby metros in search of work. In Staub’s opinion, this means we have to think more broadly about the definition of affordable housing.

Matt Staub serves as Kansas City Parking and Transportation Chair and Commissioner of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. He describes himself as an urban advocate and outspoken civic leader, taking a no-nonsense approach to improving the quality of life for citizens and visitors.

In this conversation Blake and Matt discuss:

  • The importance of “naturally occurring” affordable housing.
  • What “housing a la carte” means and how it will shape future neighborhoods.
  • The opportunities available to City Planners as the makeup of urban neighborhoods rapidly evolves.

We highly recommend following Matt on Twitter, @staubio.  His Instagram, also @staubio, is also full of delightful urban and transportation oriented eye candy. You can learn more about his marketing firm, Proxima at, and more about Matt on his LinkedIn page.

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Elizabeth Glynn – Investing in Basics to Spur Innovation

Elizabeth Glynn on the Future of Living Podcast with Blake Miller

Elizabeth Glynn is passionate about what is happening in Indian Country here in America. Most Americans are simply unaware of what life is like in Indian Country and America has failed to invest as it should in these communities. As CEO of Travois, Glynn oversees more than $1.4 billion in financing for affordable housing and economic development in Indian Country. More than $700 million of that is private investor equity.

Travois was started in 1995 by Elizabeth’s father, David W. Bland. He named the company Travois in homage to the set of poles that Plains Indians tied together to carry valuable things across rough terrain. It should come as no surprise that the company motto is, You know where you want to go; let us pull some of the weight for you.

In this conversation, Blake and Elizabeth discuss:

  • Why Indian Country lacks basic infrastructure.
  • How bringing broadband to Native American communities is literally saving lives.
  • Opportunities to real estate investors and developers, and tech companies to partner with tribal communities for impact and profit.

Learn more about Travois and the fantastic work they are doing throughout America at You’ll find them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the username: @travoiskc. You can find Elizabeth on LinkedIn at

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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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