Built Environment Newsletter

Published : November 2017

The Built Environment Innovation Fund
‘Tis the season for gratitude and giving and we are truly grateful for the support and collaboration from all of you in our Built Environment Innovation Community. We are pleased to share with you recent news from our portfolio companies that are making an impact not only in a global sense but also in their own communities. We are still in the early days of the digital transformation of the Built Environment. The momentum is undeniable and we couldn’t be more excited about what we see coming in the new year. As always, if you come across a remarkable company in our domain please let us know and if we can be helpful to you at any time do not hesitate to reach out.
 
The Built Environment Innovation Team

Jesse Devitte | Travis Connors | Matt Rightmire | Allen Preger | Chris Randles | Tom Wyman
 

Feature Highlights:

Kathy Hunnan - Dandelion CEO & Co-Founder sat down with the Borealis Team to share her entrepreneurial journey and discuss Dandelion’s plan to radically reinvent the residential heating in cooling market at scale and end our dependency on fossil fuels. See the interview here.
 
Demo video of the BIM 360 Docs and Smartvid.io integration
Smartvid.io was featured prominently on the main stage in front of 12,000 attendees at the annual Autodesk University conference in Las Vegas a few weeks ago as a key partner in Autodesk's Construction Tech focus. The company debuted a new video highlighting the capabilities of VINNIE (their construction AI engine). See the video here.
 
Our own Jesse Devitte gave the keynote address at the inaugural Canadian Construction Innovations Conference entitled: It Is Time for Smart Cities. Please see coverage of the event here and a copy of the presentation here
 

Portfolio News:

6 Paths to the Automated Construction Site
Smartvid.io: 6 Paths to the Automated Construction Site  [ASME.org]
 
The 19 hottest New York City startups to watch
Dandelion: The 19 hottest New York City startups to watch [Business Insider]
 
Meet the Seattle 10: Hot startups transform everything from housing to food production
 
Local business leaders, graduates talk sustainability at panel event
 

Books we are reading:

Welcome To Your World - How The Built Environment Shapes Our Lives
Notable Quote:
 
“Within less than two generations, urban growth in Asia, Africa, and Latin America will be so explosive that, by 2050, two out of every three people on the planet will be living in an urban area. That means 2.4 billion more people will need buildings in which to live, work, and be educated, as well as infrastructure through which to move, and landscapes in which to find refuge.”
 
Grit - The Power Of Passion And Perserverance
Notable Quote:
 
In sum, no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction. It was this combination of passion and perserverance that made high achievers special. In a word, they had grit.
 

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