• Summary

  • Startups: Digitalization to Realization is a podcast series where we interview startup owners about their journey to turn their idea into a reality and become the next industry leaders. Launching a startup is never an easy road. In this series, you will hear startup owners tell their story about how they got started, what inspires them, and how they are always striving to solve their challenges. Some startups were born in the pandemic and some are changing to adapt this uncertain time. All of them have a great story to tell. 

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  • May 16 2022

    Carbon emission from transport is a challenge that needs to be tackled from sea, land, and air. While a lot of progress has been made in tackling land-based emissions, boats and airplanes are still lagging behind. However, most of the technology that has made electric vehicles reliable is now being adopted in building electric boats.


    Today, the host Kevin Blevins talks to Ryan Cook, co-founder, and CTO of Arc Boats – a start-up focused on building electric sports boats that will help avert climate change. He is an experienced engineer who also worked at Space X for many years.


    In this episode, you’ll learn why the co-founders chose to start an electric sports boat company. You’ll also learn about the challenges that they have faced in building the boat as well as the opportunities they see in that market segment. Additionally, you’ll hear about why the company chose to use Siemens NX and what their experience has been so far.


    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

    • The difference between a water sports boat and a pleasure boat (03:29)
    • How an Arc Boat compares to a typical gasoline boat (07:11)
    • The different charging options and how long each takes (10:14)
    • The challenges they faced in the development of an Arc Boat (14:25)
    • Why they choose to use Siemens NX (15:59)


    Connect with Ryan:

    LinkedIn

    Website


    Connect with Kevin:

    LinkedIn


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    23 mins
  • Apr 22 2022

    Eating healthy was much easier and more affordable just a few decades ago because most people lived on fertile farms where they could grow some of their food. However, all that has changed thanks to climate change, increased demand, high cost of inputs, among others. One of the solutions to this problem is using indoor vertical farms to increase the production of healthy food ingredients.


    Today, the host Kevin Blevins talks to Vilij co-founders, Terry Carr and Brandon Smith. Terry is an experienced designer and Brandon is a mechanical engineer.  Their company is creating a technology-embedded aeroponic system that allows you to grow food indoors. They’ll share with us the impact that they expect their product to have and the progress they made so far.


    In this episode, you’ll learn about the innovative strategies that the company employs to monitor the plants’ growth process. You’ll also hear about the challenges that they’ve faced along the way and how they were able to overcome them. Additionally, they’ll share some of the lessons that they have learned on their entrepreneurial journey.


    Some Questions I Ask:

    • Can you share a little bit more about the product that you're developing? (07:04)
    • Where did the idea for the product and company come from? (10:08)
    • Is the idea of customization and personalization, a part of the longer-term strategy for the company? (13:15)
    • How did you hear about Siemens and our particular startup program? (23:11)
    • What challenges do you anticipate, from a technical and business perspective? (26:20)


    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

    • What their company does (05:04)
    • Where the name of their product came from (12:06)
    • The technology embedded in their planters (14:52)
    • The challenges they faced while creating the company as well as the product (20:05)
    • Their experience using Siemens products (24:34)


    Connect with Terry:

    LinkedIn

    Website


    Connect with Brandon: 

    LinkedIn


    Connect with Kevin:

    LinkedIn


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    35 mins
  • Mar 4 2022

    A few decades back, climate change and carbon emissions were rarely considered when designing buildings. Instead, a lot of focus was put on designing pretty buildings that were comfortable and affordable. This usually resulted in poor performance buildings that consumed too much energy and didn’t last long without requiring major renovations.


    Evoke Buildings Engineering is seeking to change that by utilizing building science to design buildings that are both energy efficient and durable.


    Today, I’m talking to two guests, Patrick Roppel, Building Science Specialist at Evoke, and Nicolas Proulx-Jones, Building Science Engineer, also from Evoke. They’ll help us understand the process of designing high-performance buildings and the science behind it.


    In this episode, you’ll learn what the field of building science involves and what it takes to be designated as a building scientist. You’ll also learn what the term building envelope thermal bridging means. Additionally, you’ll hear why Evoke chose Siemens NX and how their experience with the solution has been so far.


    Some Questions I Ask:

    • What does it take to be designated as a building science specialist? (04:10)
    • What is the meaning of Building Envelope Thermal Bridging? (07:28)
    • How do you quantify the benefits of Building Envelope Thermal Bridging? (11:26)
    • What’s the mission of Evoke Building (14:32)


    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

    • What a building scientist does (01:47)
    • The main focus of building science (03:20)
    • How Evoke Building’s research is contributing towards the development of new building regulations (13:10)
    • What made the company choose a Siemens NX (21:11)


    Connect with Patrick Roppel:

    LinkedIn

    EVOKE


    Connect with Nicolas Proulx-Jones:

    LinkedIn


    Connect with Paul Musto:

    LinkedIn


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    34 mins

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