The Future Construct podcast features thought leaders from around the world working on innovative technology solutions for the construction (AEC) industry. This podcast is hosted by Amy Peck, CEO of EndeavorVR, and is produced by the team at BIM Designs, Inc. Amy is a recognized thought-leader and speaks globally on the future of VR, AR and emerging technologies including AI, blockchain, robotics and autonomy. The podcast has already featured industry experts from Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, and construction startups. To suggest a guest or to be featured as a guest, visit https://www.bimdesigns.net/futureconstruct.
Doug Ludlow: Protecting Community Small Business through Technology at Mainstreet
Our team is thrilled to bring you this new episode of the Future Construct Podcast (23 min interview), where we spotlight Doug Ludlow (@dougludlow), CEO at MainStreet (@MainStreet). MainStreet helps software, hardware, and venture-backed companies realize tax credits opportunities missed by many accountants. Doug is a serial entrepreneur and senior executive, with over 15 years of leadership experience, scaling new companies and serving as an innovation resource. Doug founded two other companies prior to MainStreet, then he transitioned to Google as an Operations Lead and then Chief of Staff, where he spent over three years. There, he also met the two other co-founders of MainStreet.
Some highlights of Doug's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:
How the evolution of technology will impact the community and small businesses, as tech companies continue to spread from the major tech hubsWhere the shifts are in inbounds and customers as innovation continues to evolve in the increasingly remote workforceHow influence plays a role in a small business and the direction Mainstreet is headedHis insights on whether startups are aggressive or cautious toward pushing and accepting new technologySHOW NOTES
0:37 Amy Peck introduces Doug Ludlow, the CEO at Mainstreet.
6:09 So, I'd love to hear where you think the evolution of technology will go as it relates to community and reinvigorating small businesses?
12:54 Are you seeing in terms of your inbounds and your customer base, are they coming from larger cities, or trend upwards into more suburban or even rural areas?
15:30 And let's just talk about a global view. What do you see as the outlook in the startup space with technology? Is there caution or is it full steam ahead?
18:02 Do you see an opportunity for your company to get so large and influential because your working with so much small business that you might even be able to influence tax credits? Is that the goal to have that level of impact and influence to help some of these challenges?
29:36 If you could project yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you can you could bring with you any gadget or service that makes you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?
Julie Giannini: Scaling Customer Success and Professional Services at Egnyte
Our team is thrilled to bring you this new episode of the Future Construct Podcast (23 min interview), where we spotlight Julie Giannini (@jgiannin) Chief Customer Officer at Egnyte (@Egnyte). Julie is a senior executive with 25+ years of go-to-market experience scaling renewals, customer success, professional services, training, and support organizations focused on enterprise & SaaS cloud offerings. Julie builds high-performing teams with the goal of great experiences for employees, customers, and shareholders and she has been involved in several successful exits including Thoma Bravo's purchase of Imperva for $2.1B in 2019, New Relic's 2014 IPO, and Yammer's $1.2B acquisition by Microsoft in 2012. Egnyte is trusted by 16,000+ content-critical businesses and transforms them through smarter content allowing organizations to connect, protect, and unlock value from all their content.
Some highlights of Julie's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:
How Egnyte is utilizing artificial intelligence in their own product linesMethods to overcome hesitance to adopt new and transformative technology, within your own companyThe day to day responsibilities within her role as the Chief Customer Officer and her focus aside from customersHer vision for the future, as she discusses the one product that would transform her life, making it significantly easier and more efficient
0:37 Amy Peck introduces Julie Giannini, the Chief Customer Officer
3:58 So, as Chief Customer Officer, what does your day to day look like? What is your primary focus, aside from customers?
5:10 What are some of the trends you're seeing [in technology] moving forward and things that are exciting you?
7:20 And so, talking about artificial intelligence, how are leveraging AI, even in your own product line?
10:05 Where do you see some of the easier ways that companies can bring in technology, especially among a workforce that be a little more reticent to be accepting of new technology and new workflows?
21:27 If you could project yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you can you could bring with you any services or any product that makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?
Miguel Vidal: Evolving Technology and How Information is Consumed at CBRE
Our team is thrilled to bring you this new episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), where we spotlight Miquel Vidal, Head of XRS (eXtended Reality Solutions) at CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (@CBRE). Miquel has been an evangelist on XR within CBRE for the last three years, working across numerous teams, presenting the values and benefits of disruptive technology, having run numerous PoC and pilots with some of CBRE's front-line workers on their respective clients' sites. For the majority of his time in CBRE, he led teams that delivered an array of different innovative initiatives and projects, from ideation to implementation and final delivery, positively impacting internal customers and clients.
Some highlights of Miquel's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:
Some of the trends and solutions he believes will streamline workflows and facilitate industry improvementsHis deployment strategy and how his internal team has conducted a soft launch of concepts, garnering interest from clientsHow consumer devices hitting the market will influence the introduction of technology to industry workflows and the work he's doingMiquel's thoughts on computing, the evolution of consuming information, and its impact on consumers and businessSHOW NOTES
0:37 Amy Peck introduces Miquel Vidal, the Head of XRS at CBRE Global Workplace Solutions.
2:59 So, what are some of the ways and trends you're seeing that make you say, "we think these kinds of solutions will streamline workflows"?
9:19 We know that these consumer devices are coming. Do you feel as though those devices are going to have an impact on how easily we'll be able to introduce this technology into the workflow?
12:28 And so, what kind of trends are you seeing, beyond the things that you're looking at directly, but really future forward, across this industry and emerging technology in general?
14:59 You mentioned computing and having information all around us. Consuming content in context, with location being a big component of that. How do you see that evolution? Are you seeing it as a two-way street, and how does it impact consumers and business?
25:48 Projecting yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you can have any environment or any gadget that makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?
KP Reddy: The Investment Ethos on Company Investing at Shadow Ventures
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (27 min interview), we spotlight KP Reddy (@reddy_kp), Founder and General Partner at Shadow Ventures. Shadow Ventures is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on technology that drives innovation in the built environment.
Some highlights of KP's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:
How he got started in the venture capital industry and his experience with the first company that he supportedHis motivation and decision to author a book on BIM and how timing played a key role in the decision-making processThe "investment ethos" he has developed on deciding when and why to invest in particular, exciting companiesHow his reputation and brand factors into founders finding him, and why there is no investment that is too earlySHOW NOTES
0:37 Amy Peck introduces KP Reddy, the Founder and General Partner at Shadow Ventures.
5:40 You've written a book on BIM and you've written a book on startups. Let's start with the BIM book. Why a BIM book at that time?
13:30 So, I'd love to talk about your portfolio and your "investment ethos" and what excites you in some of the companies. Can you share some of the successes of some of your portfolio companies?
18:13 And so are you getting most of your inbounds from being in the industry and just having the reputation that you do, or are there other ways that founders are finding you?
21:37 So are you seeing any particular trends in the industry, and where should large commercial builders be looking for this next-level technology?
25:35 Projecting yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you could bring with you any service or gadget, and it doesn't have to be based in reality at all, what would it be and what would it do?
Leigh Christy: Technology in Design and as a Toolbox at Perkins&Will
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview) we spotlight Leigh Christy, Principal at Perkins&Will and Head of their Innovation Incubator. Perkins&Will is a global design practice founded in 1935 and has more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professionals than any other design firm in North America. We learn about Leigh's work in her roles at Perkins&Will as well as her experience as an adjunct professor and hear her perspectives on the direction companies should be taking toward the evolution of technology.
Some other highlights of Leigh's interview with host Amy Peck(@VirtualGirlNY) include:
How companies should be thinking about responsibility and sustainability as components of innovationThe role of technology in designing and what processes in automation or technology focus on visualization, helping with AR and VRHow technology is a toolbox for solving industry problemsClosing feedback loops to eliminate repeating mistakes, which can (and will) enhance the global landscapeSHOW NOTES
0:37 Amy Peck introduces the Principal at Perkins&Will, Leigh Christy.
4:07 Also you've been an adjunct professor as well, so what was some of the work that you did there?
7:40 So, let's talk a little bit about the technology and where you see technology's role in the way that you're designing today and are there processes that you're seeing in automation or visualization. What are some of the trends in tools that you're going to be using over the next couple of years?
18:05 So you talked about the incubator a little bit. What are the types of companies that you're drawn to for the incubator and maybe share some of the ones that you're particularly excited about?
20:42 Do you think that the incubator program helps everyone at Perkins and Will feel like they're a part of the future of the company?
27:44 Projecting yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you could bring with you any service or product that just makes you happy and makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?
Aarni Heiskanen: Progressive Thinking and New Industry Tech at AE Partners
On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), we spotlight Aarni Heiskanen, Managing Partner at AE Partners, and address AE Partners' perspective on pain points and trajectory of technology in construction, digital buildings and infrastructure, and real estate and construction.
Aarni joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:
How the construction industry is ripe for technological advancements and digitalization, and closing the gap of reluctance to bring technology in Tendencies of companies to want to move toward the next "shiny object" of technology simply for technology's sakeHow companies can circumvent the cycle of accomplishing goals through innovation, and think more progressively about what kinds of companies they want to be in the futureFurthering a culture of collaboration among companies to further the progression of industries as wholeSHOW NOTES
0:37 Amy Peck introduces the Managing Partner at AE Partners,
5:36 I've heard you say this different ways. On one hand, the construction industry is ripe for digitization and innovation, but on certain scenarios there has been real reluctance or challenges to bring technology in. How do you see that gap closing?
7:53 You mentioned as well, that there's this tendency to move toward the next "shiny object", and that there are some dangers in using technology just for technology's sake. Can you expand on that and give some advice to companies who are looking at this digital transformation?
12:04 How do companies step outside of the cycle of having goals and targets to hit, and really project themselves into the future to think about what kinds of companies they want to be in the future, and how can they carve out that type of innovation in their company construct?
20:02 I think we'll hit a critical mass of data and start to optimize how we're building. So, how do you see being able to implement much more of a predictive design methodology, so that you're designing toward a more efficient design cycle?
26:23 Projecting yourself 20 to 30 years in the future, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?