The Future of Living show

The Future of Living

Summary: The Future of Living podcast explores how people connect to the places they live with technology. In this series, we dive into the latest Internet of Things (IoT) and smart living technologies, trends affecting the spaces and places that make up smart cities, and new ways for managing life as more and more of the things around us get connected.

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 Logan Nagel - Curating the Tenant Experience [Replay] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:33

Logan 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 replay from season 2, 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.

 Calandra Cruickshank - Streamlining Location Selection and Opportunity Zone Investments [Replay] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:29

In this replay of a conversation from Season 2 of Future of Living, 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 when selecting a new location and how this might affect real estate. How Real Estate Developers are transforming abandoned malls into community-focused experiences.

 Scott Harkins - Connecting the Whole Home, Inside and Out [Replay] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:07

Scott Harkins 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).

 Sarah McMillian - Preserving and Mondernizing Historical Buildings with Connected Technology [Replay] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:57

Sarah McMillian, of Temboo, 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. However, connecting these buildings and creating interoperability is challenging, but Temboo has a solution.

 Jeff Wood - Optimizing Urban Transit and Land Use [Replay] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:02

Jeff Wood (@TheOverheadWire) thinks we won't ever have truly autonomous cars and that Apple is stuck in the past. His reasoning is sound, unique, and not what you might expect to hear from anyone in Silicon Valley. Jeff owns and operates The Overhead Wire, a consultancy focused on transit and land use strategies primarily in urban areas. In this conversation Blake and Jeff discuss: - The "Location Affordability Index". - Affordable housing innovation. - Challenges and opportunities in urban boom areas

 Who's The Next Blockbuster? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:38

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. In this episode, various guests from the past two years talk about the industries, businesses, and companies they believe are at risk of obsolescence, or at the very least, massive disruption in the next 10 years. In other words, "Who is the next Blockbuster?"

 Season 2 Highlights from the Future of Living | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:57

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.

 Ryan Coon - Democratizing Property Management and Tenant Experience Technology | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:17

In the U.S., there are ~45m residential rental units. About 53% or 24m 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 calls those 24m property owners "DIY Landlords," and he believes in them. A DIY landlord himself, Ryan is co-founder & CEO of Avail, a rental property management app created to provide DIY landlords the experience they deserve.

 Logan Nagel - Curating the Tenant Experience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:19

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.

 Joel Goldberg - Building Championship Communities and Cultures | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:19

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 walk home. As a baseball reporter and analyst, Joel Goldberg has traveled to almost 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.

 Calandra Cruickshank - Streamlining Location Selection and Opportunity Zone Investments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:14

Selecting a corporate site or validating an investment in an opportunity zone can take a very long time, sometimes months. Calandra Cruickshank (@CalandraLila, TW) 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 site selection headquartered in NY.

 Replay of Luke Norris on the Future of Living with Blake Miller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:48

Luke Norris (@NorrisLuke, TW) believes that if leveraged properly, smart technology and data can be used by governments for more than reporting potholes. As Managing Director of Strategy and Government Relations for Open Cities (, Norris works to facilitate better, more efficient communication between citizens and local government.

 Melody Akhtari - Creating Efficient, Secure, and Magical Package Delivery Solutions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:40

In 2011, Amazon introduced streaming as part of its Prime subscription service. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this boosted Prime subscriptions, Amazon sales, and created a boom in package deliveries. Today, nearly 47% of package deliveries are from Amazon! In multi-family and mixed-use buildings, this created a huge problem. Melody Akhtari, Dir. of Marketing & Communications at Luxer One, says that what started as a front desk courtesy in these properties is now a major headache. Luxer One has the solution.

 Rhonda Dirvin - Leveraging IoT to Conserve, Protect and Maintain Real Estate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:16

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.

 Jon Dishotsky - Making City Life Accessible with Affordable Co-Living Solutions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:18

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) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Starcity and is on a mission to make cities more accessible to everyone.


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