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Smart cities as a fabric of innovation

February 25, 2020

Today I am at a Future of Cities conference. I remember over a decade ago, IBM had a massive launch of their Smart"everything." One of the big areas for them was Smart cities. According to the Smart City Council,..

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Dancing with elephants and Sun Tzu

February 22, 2020

A large corporate strategic partner is an elephant; a startup is a mouse. I did not create this metaphor, but I do use it a lot. The elephant has the size and the resources but can be a bit slow; the startup has...

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Project Based Innovation: Project Data Manager

February 19, 2020

"The Project is the Enterprise"--I have been saying this for almost two decades. If you've read my previous articles, I speak to the facts around innovation in the built environment especially with regard to its...

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Conferences, Pitch Competitions, and Twitter

February 14, 2020

I must admit that I can be a little "old school." To build a great, fast-growing company, your activities should be focused on acquiring customers, talent, and investors. I have tried to be open to understanding the...

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Go-to-market as a built-environment startup: How do you eat a woolly mammoth?

February 13, 2020

Desmond Tutu once said, "there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time." Not sure who is eating elephants, but I get the point. When you face an enormous task, it's helpful to take just a little...

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The misalignment of enlightenment (and living with no regrets).

February 8, 2020

At our office, we have an indoor running track. It's a converted gym, and it's one of the coolest things about our office. I was walking on it yesterday having a phone call (yeah, it's better than some sort of...

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R&D for Real Estate Owners/Developers

February 6, 2020

I previously discussed how The Cap-Ex : Op-Ex Conundrum is the foundational issue that keeps the building industry from innovating. The planet is still on fire, and the real estate industry is broadly...

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Lunch and Learns Are Dead. Or Are They?

February 5, 2020

What is a lunch and learn? I'm sure the term is used in other industries, but for the building industry specifically it is when a building product representative--or any vendor, for that matter--comes to an AEC...

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Why the incubator system is broken.

February 4, 2020

When we launched Shadow Labs almost two years ago, I didn't want to call it an incubator. Instead, we called it a lab. We still call it Shadow Labs, but when people ask us what it is, we usually refer to it as an incubator...

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The Cap-Ex : Op-Ex Conundrum

February 1, 2020

I had two significant calls yesterday. One was with the owner/developer of a 10M+ square foot development and the other was with a president of a multi-billion-dollar building products manufacturer. There was a sing...

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