Lessons Learned: Bill Gates’ 20-year old memo on the future opportunities of the internet

Back in 1995, Microsoft dominated the computer world. While hard to imagine for most younger folks, back then the Internet was a new and strange thing—even more mysterious than "the cloud" that we've been hearing about for years. The new opportunities and threats posed by the technology behind the "World Wide Web" led to an … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Bill Gates’ 20-year old memo on the future opportunities of the internet

Improving indoor air quality with a visit the local library?

Many people that know me also know that I am very involved with the San Diego Green Building Council. One of the programs I allocate quite a bit of time to is our highly regarded Green Assistance Program (GAP), which gives our volunteer community an opportunity to work on improving the operations and maintenance of … Continue reading Improving indoor air quality with a visit the local library?

The future of commercial real estate development will be Agile

Back in 2001, several thought-leaders in the software development world got together and tried to reinvent the business processes behind turning code into something useful and marketable. The result is known as the Agile Manifesto and has spurred on a revolution in how software is made, with a pragmatic, market-driven and user-centric approach. When AirBnB … Continue reading The future of commercial real estate development will be Agile

Manufactured Magic: The story behind the story of Disney World’s $1-billion re-imagineering

Last week, my colleagues and I joined about 1,400 of our closest friends in the construction defect litigation industry at the Disneyland Hotel for a conference. It was my first time staying at the actual Disneyland Hotel. Nice hotel, but really unacceptably poor wifi, and the grounds demonstrate a myopic and blatant disregard for the … Continue reading Manufactured Magic: The story behind the story of Disney World’s $1-billion re-imagineering

Could self-healing bio-concrete reduce future construction defect claims?

As nerdy as it probably sounds, I can't even begin to put into words how excited I am for products like this. Back in January of 2014, I wrote about the winners of the 2013 Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, including the inventors of self-healing bio-concrete. Cracked concrete is a frequent allegation in construction … Continue reading Could self-healing bio-concrete reduce future construction defect claims?