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Being a disruptor can be remarkable. But you have to be willing and able to evolve. Two perfect examples of an inability to pivot are Blockbuster and Blackberry. Both would have been viewed as disruptors in their early years. But both of those companies did not re-invent themselves. When Netflix and the iPhone hit the market, they were quickly left behind.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Burke.

As the CEO, co-founder and partner of Agora Data, Inc, Steve Burke’s career started in the retail auto business in the early 1980s. Burke has been a pioneer in the world of auto financing as the cofounder of multiple companies and a longtime executive within several regional and larger publicly traded banks that purchased more than $20 billion of auto loans on the secondary market. Steve is a co-founder of the NAF (National Automotive Finance) Association and recently completed his executive education at MIT in Artificial Intelligence.


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I was also taught to always keep your ears and eyes open. I believe it is absolutely essential to always be receptive. If you want to spearhead change, you must be ready to receive new ideas and concepts. It means understanding them while keeping a critical mind, because, as we know, nothing is fully positive or negative.

As a part of our series about business leaders who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jean-Louis Kindler.

A veteran of the environmental technology industry who has pioneered award-winning water, waste, and renewable energy systems, Jean-Louis Kindler is the CEO of Ways2H, a leading provider of facilities that upcycle waste to produce clean hydrogen for mobility, microgrids, and power generation.


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Create a digital roadmap and vision. Please make vision people centric. Digital transformation isn’t just about adopting new technologies, company need to know what goals they want to achieve, what integrations are needed for that and how to get the best out of it. We put our money where our mouth is at and by evaluating each of possible tools we can use for marketing, sales automation, development and so on we check what value we can create for our people. Because if we can’t benefit ourselves from our product — how our customers will?

As part of our series about “How To Use Digital Transformation To Take Your Company To The Next Level”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Vytenis Pakėnas.


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All financial decisions involve a tradeoff between risk and return. In general, the higher the risk, the higher the return, but good financial planning involves maximizing the return while minimizing the risk. This good financial planning is accomplished by diversifying your investments. For most people, this means investing in a combination of stocks, bonds, real estate, and cash instruments. For a few people, like myself, this means starting and operating a variety of complementary, but unique, small businesses. Regardless of your approach, making investments into a diverse group of investment types will maximize your chance to increase your money.

As a part of my series about the The 5 Essentials of Smart Investing, I had the pleasure of interviewing Donald Williams.


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What we’re doing is leveraging digital capabilities and data to transform these very analog processes in healthcare into something that is real time or automated and very efficient in the workflow. For example, billions and billions of dollars each year are reimbursed to physicians for services that they have rendered. Some period of time after reimbursement, the physicians reconcile their books and move on to the next month. Then a vendor shows up and says, “You know that payment we made to you or that health plan three months ago? We now have to take some of that money back.”

As part of our series about “How To Use Digital Transformation To Take Your Company To The Next Level”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Russ Thomas, the Chief Executive Officer of Availity.


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Building on the theme of the shift from ‘bricks and mortar‘ to new purpose and values — there is an opportunity to bring specialist expertise to help create new business cases that shift the perception of value from the cost of the building to the impact the building has on people, business and society.

We need to bring new skills to the industry; we don’t need more chartered surveyors, we need more analysts, tech designers, curators, experience managers, human behaviour experts, and environmental and wellbeing experts. …


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Automate menial and repetitive tasks. The reality is that humans are really bad at menial and repetitive tasks. We’re error prone, and only certain personalizes excel in overly-analytic environments. Enabling technology allows more of us to operate at a higher level, with less errors, and higher throughput.

As part of our series about “How To Use Digital Transformation To Take Your Company To The Next Level”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cody Miles

Cody Miles is an Austin, TX-based entrepreneur and UX designer. After years of struggling to collaborate with his clients, Cody founded Ashore, the proofing and approval software used by creatives worldwide. …


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There is a huge focus on low-impact living and materials that allow for this. We will see a massive shift towards recycled and reused durable materials. Timber is a great example and we are seeing it used in large-scale constructions, like the Gare Maritime shopping centre in Brussels. Timber can be disassembled and reused, is carbon-sequestering and allows public spaces to “breathe” in ways that permit healthier interior environments.

In a more radical reaction to climate changes, in the US we are seeing 3D-printed homes like Haus that have self-managed water, sewer and energy systems. They are antiviral and include walls and windows that are virtually unbreakable. …


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I predict that smart access will become increasingly important following the influx of pet adoption during the pandemic, especially once the vaccine allows us to return to a semblance of normalcy. At SmartRent we’ve seen that weekly or daily dog walkers have been a big use case for smart access for residents in multifamily, as it allows them to easily let recurring visitors in securely. Innovations making homes more pet friendly and accessible for pet owners would certainly be welcome as the number of pet owners continues to grow.

As a part of our series about “Homes Of The Future”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lucas Haldeman.


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The best 3 words of advice I have ever been given happen to all fit together in a single phrase: “Never give up.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve repeated those words to myself. They also have been words I have passed onto others. I first got the idea for what became droppTV several years ago. The idea wasn’t fully formed, and the tech didn’t exist for it to work, and everyone told me that others had tried and failed at a similar concept. When something just feels like it has to get done, I can’t not do it. I practice meditation; it helps ground me. I mention that because “Never give up“ has become a sort of mantra for me. …

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