The Private Equity Digital Transformation Show

Our guest Joseph Aamidor is an experienced product leader and expert in smart buildings, real estate technology and facility operations. His company provides guidance to building owners, operators, and management firms.  Before Aamidor Consulting, Joe worked for the Lucid Design Group and Johnson Controls.

In this episode, Joe and Bruce discuss:

  • How a smart building differs from building automation.
  • Why make a building smart and the value levers involved.
  • Identifying which buildings are best suited to be digitally transformed.
  • Why energy savings is the lowest hanging fruit.
  • Different ways to make a building smart.
  • A case study including the costs and the value created enabling us to calculate the return on technology investment

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Direct download: s2e14_-_joe_a-A.mp3
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Our guest David Wentzloff co-founded Everactive in 2012 and is currently its co-CTO.  He is also a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Faculty Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan.

In this episode, David and Bruce discuss:

  • The numbers around university intellectual property transfer.
  • How to harvest enough energy through heat or light to eliminate batteries.
  • The opportunity to further improve on steam as an efficient method of energy transfer.
  • Use cases for steam (heat) powered sensors and the industries they operate in.
  • Case study that quantifies the cost and value created by monitoring steam traps which then enables us to compute a return on technology investment and the payback period.

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Direct download: s2e13_-_david_w.mp3
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Our guest, Rohit Chauhan is the Founder & CEO at Topmist, a cloud-native real-time streaming data analytics firm. He has over 25 years of experience as a technology executive, data scientist, and business consultant with deep knowledge of industry processes and value drivers.

In this episode, Rohit and Bruce discuss:

  • The tech architecture of a runtime streaming data pipeline.
  • What it really means to do analytics in “real time”.
  • The differences between doing analytics on data collected in the past versus doing analytics on data being collected in the present.
  • Use cases that are a great fit for streaming analytics.
  • Case study on Coca Cola that quantifies the value they created from using streaming analytics to make faster marketing decisions.

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Direct download: s2e12_-_rohit-A.mp3
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Our guest, Steve Shwartz began his career as a postdoctoral researcher in AI at Yale University in 1979.  He has since been a founder or co-founder of many companies and an investor in many others.  Today he’s the author of a new book on AI called, Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths.

In this episode, Steve and Bruce discuss:

  • What is AI… really?
  • What are the differences between AI vs AGI, AI vs ML and ML vs analytics?
  • The importance of the kingpin of statistics.
  • Is there really such thing as black box AI?
  • Will AI take over the world?

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