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Kickstart your learning this year

January 3, 2023

Kickstart your learning this year [Nexus Newsletter #160]

This edition of the Nexus Newsletter is brought to you by Altura Associates and Smart Buildings Center.


Hey friends,

Happy New Year!

I'm back after taking a few weeks off for R&R and some exploration off of my normal beaten path. I can't think about smart buildings 24/7/365, can I?

Before we talk about smart buildings, I have some carveouts to share from my explorations:

  1. Movies—I really loved the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once.
  2. Podcasts—I caught up on my favorite show, Acquired. If you like business and tech strategy, start with the recent episodes on Walmart, Amazon, and AWS.
  3. Books—I read a lot during the last few weeks. Favorites: The Psychology of Money (Reread), The E Myth (Reread), The E Myth CFO, The 12 Week Year (reread), Megathreats, Born to Run 2, 7 Powers (Reread), and Encounters with the Archdruid

I also found an amazing ski trail through the trees at Breckenridge. But if I shared the exact location, I'd hafta kill ya. 😜

As you can see from my listening and reading list, I've been thinking a lot about business strategy. As a technical founder without a business background, it's a necessity to continuously learn so I can navigate my blind spots: hiring, finance, growth, etc.

Over the last few years, my learning practice of reading business books and taking online courses has changed my life. I've read continuously and taken courses in writing, marketing, product strategy, venture capital, and more that have helped round out my skillset. This practice is a big reason you're reading this right now!

Here's the thing: Any of you can apply this same strategy to your smart buildings learning journey. You can create your own personal learning practice. It starts with a healthy balance of humility and self-compassion.

As Evelyn says in Everything Everywhere All At Once: "We're All Small And Stupid." That's the humility part.

But as her husband Waymond says: "The only thing I do know is that we have to be kind. Please, be kind. Especially when we don't know what's going on." That's the self-compassion part. Our world is rapidly evolving—we must be nice to ourselves as we find our way.

In 2023, we at Nexus Labs plan to create a lot more content to aid in your personal learning practices. But for now, our existing resources are an amazing place to start:

  • Nexus Lore: The Smart Building Blocks—This is Nexus Labs' white paper on the core concepts that come up again and again in the newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, and in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom.
  • The Building Analytics Comparison Guide—There are actually two kinds of Fault Detection & Diagnostics software: those that stop at the first “D” (Detection) and those that go all the way to Diagnostics. This white paper tells the story of that second “D” and why it’s so important.
  • The State of Operations & Maintenance Software—Tells the story of Operations  & Maintenance software like it’s never been told before—including today’s mess of siloed and fragmented building systems, why an overlay is needed, the types of overlays on the market, and how each of them meets those needs.
  • The Untapped 87%: Simplifying Controls Technology for Small Buildings—To decarbonize the buildings sector, we need to remove the complexity in deploying controls to the Long Tail of 6 million buildings under 50,000 square feet.

That's over 50,000 free words to kickstart your learning this year. And when you're ready to take the plunge into our paid content, the Nexus Pro membership and the Nexus Foundations course are here to support your journey.

Here's the thing about personal learning practices though: it's on you to make it what you want it to be. And it's not always easy. You gotta make the time and put in the effort.

Let's go!

What's on your learning list this year?

Let us know on LinkedIn,

—James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs

📊 A message from our sponsor, Altura Associates 📊

​​Altura is a mid-sized, mission-driven firm delivering impact and performance across the built environment. From designing and implementing corporate sustainability programs, to manipulating systems in the field to achieve performance, to building the tools that support project teams, Altura is committed to solving our world's macro-level problems through tangible projects today.

If you are interested in working alongside passionate colleagues to make a lasting impact, reach out at careers@alturaassociates.com.

✖ At the Nexus

Here’s everything worth sharing from Nexus HQ this week:

---

★ PODCAST: To end the year off with a bang, we took a look at the top 5 podcast episodes of 2022. Let us know what you think on LinkedIn!

  1. 🎧 #092: AMP Capital's Data-Driven Maintenance Program
  2. 🎧 #098: Louise Monger on Schneider Electric's approach to digital buildings
  3. 🎧 #100: Decarbonization, blockchain, and the Building OS with KPMG and Prescriptive Data
  4. 🎧 #083: QuadReal's quest for a Building OS with KODE Labs
  5. 🎧 #106: A day in the life of a digitized, decarbonized building

We will resume the podcast's weekly schedule with Episode #132 on January 5th, 2023.

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★ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS THIS MONTH:

  • Subject Matter Expert Workshop:  Pro Member and Industry Analyst at Verdantix, Joy Trinquet, will be our expert on an Introduction to The IWMS Tech Category. January 4 at 2 pm MT.
  • Nexus Foundations Alumni Office Hours: This is a monthly event for all Nexus Foundations Alumni, hosted by James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs. Post your questions here ahead of time as a comment. January 16th @ 9 am MT.
  • New Member Orientation: Nexus Founder, James Dice, will host an introduction to the Nexus Labs Community and how you access and take advantage of all the resources that come with your Pro Membership. This is for new members or those who've not taken advantage of all the resources at the Nexus Community. January 17 @ 9am MT
  • Member Gathering: TBA January 25 @ 9am MT

Join Nexus Pro now to get the invites and access to the recordings.

---

★ ON LINKEDIN: Who's headed to AHR Expo in Atlanta?

---

★ JOBS: Are you hiring? Searching for a job in smart buildings?—We've relaunched the Nexus Labs Jobs Board.

It's got great jobs from Gridium and Facilio...

🔥🔥🔥 Hot Job in Smart Buildings

👉Facilio is searching for an Enterprise Account Executive. Facilio is an IoT-based Connected Operations platform solution provider for smart building portfolios. As they are rapidly expanding in business, they're looking to add enterprise SaaS & smart buildings obsessed, ever curious, and fun talent to join their existing teams!

👉Gridium is looking for a US-based **Technical Product Manager** to manage their data services and design new product offerings as they expand geographically. This role will focus on continuously improving and expanding data integrations and data quality processes.

🏫 A message from our sponsor, Smart Buildings Center 🏫

The Smart Buildings Center Education Program (SBCEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes the smarter use of technology and practices in the built environment will enable a cleaner, healthier and more productive future.

The SBCEP seeks to establish thought leadership for smart technologies and practices within the built environment, and pursues its objective through the following pillars of activity: delivering training programs to educate the building workforce of the future; enabling industry leading demonstration projects; and connecting the industry through hosting and participating in smart buildings events.

Check out their body of work on The Essential Role of Smarter Buildings in the Clean Energy Transition.

👋 That's all for this week. See you next Tuesday!

Whenever you're ready, there are 4 ways Nexus Labs can help you:

1. Take our shortcut to learning the Smart Buildings industry here (350 students and counting)

2. Join our community of smart buildings nerds and gamechangers here (450 members and counting)

3. Sponsor our newsletter & podcast & get 6k+ nerdy eyeballs and earholes on your brand, product, or business.

4. (NEW) Join the Nexus Labs Syndicate on Angellist for opportunities to invest in the best smart buildings startups that cross my desk each month.

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Kickstart your learning this year [Nexus Newsletter #160]

This edition of the Nexus Newsletter is brought to you by Altura Associates and Smart Buildings Center.


Hey friends,

Happy New Year!

I'm back after taking a few weeks off for R&R and some exploration off of my normal beaten path. I can't think about smart buildings 24/7/365, can I?

Before we talk about smart buildings, I have some carveouts to share from my explorations:

  1. Movies—I really loved the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once.
  2. Podcasts—I caught up on my favorite show, Acquired. If you like business and tech strategy, start with the recent episodes on Walmart, Amazon, and AWS.
  3. Books—I read a lot during the last few weeks. Favorites: The Psychology of Money (Reread), The E Myth (Reread), The E Myth CFO, The 12 Week Year (reread), Megathreats, Born to Run 2, 7 Powers (Reread), and Encounters with the Archdruid

I also found an amazing ski trail through the trees at Breckenridge. But if I shared the exact location, I'd hafta kill ya. 😜

As you can see from my listening and reading list, I've been thinking a lot about business strategy. As a technical founder without a business background, it's a necessity to continuously learn so I can navigate my blind spots: hiring, finance, growth, etc.

Over the last few years, my learning practice of reading business books and taking online courses has changed my life. I've read continuously and taken courses in writing, marketing, product strategy, venture capital, and more that have helped round out my skillset. This practice is a big reason you're reading this right now!

Here's the thing: Any of you can apply this same strategy to your smart buildings learning journey. You can create your own personal learning practice. It starts with a healthy balance of humility and self-compassion.

As Evelyn says in Everything Everywhere All At Once: "We're All Small And Stupid." That's the humility part.

But as her husband Waymond says: "The only thing I do know is that we have to be kind. Please, be kind. Especially when we don't know what's going on." That's the self-compassion part. Our world is rapidly evolving—we must be nice to ourselves as we find our way.

In 2023, we at Nexus Labs plan to create a lot more content to aid in your personal learning practices. But for now, our existing resources are an amazing place to start:

  • Nexus Lore: The Smart Building Blocks—This is Nexus Labs' white paper on the core concepts that come up again and again in the newsletter, on the Nexus podcast, in the Nexus Foundations course, and in Nexus Pro gatherings, and in the community chatroom.
  • The Building Analytics Comparison Guide—There are actually two kinds of Fault Detection & Diagnostics software: those that stop at the first “D” (Detection) and those that go all the way to Diagnostics. This white paper tells the story of that second “D” and why it’s so important.
  • The State of Operations & Maintenance Software—Tells the story of Operations  & Maintenance software like it’s never been told before—including today’s mess of siloed and fragmented building systems, why an overlay is needed, the types of overlays on the market, and how each of them meets those needs.
  • The Untapped 87%: Simplifying Controls Technology for Small Buildings—To decarbonize the buildings sector, we need to remove the complexity in deploying controls to the Long Tail of 6 million buildings under 50,000 square feet.

That's over 50,000 free words to kickstart your learning this year. And when you're ready to take the plunge into our paid content, the Nexus Pro membership and the Nexus Foundations course are here to support your journey.

Here's the thing about personal learning practices though: it's on you to make it what you want it to be. And it's not always easy. You gotta make the time and put in the effort.

Let's go!

What's on your learning list this year?

Let us know on LinkedIn,

—James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs

📊 A message from our sponsor, Altura Associates 📊

​​Altura is a mid-sized, mission-driven firm delivering impact and performance across the built environment. From designing and implementing corporate sustainability programs, to manipulating systems in the field to achieve performance, to building the tools that support project teams, Altura is committed to solving our world's macro-level problems through tangible projects today.

If you are interested in working alongside passionate colleagues to make a lasting impact, reach out at careers@alturaassociates.com.

✖ At the Nexus

Here’s everything worth sharing from Nexus HQ this week:

---

★ PODCAST: To end the year off with a bang, we took a look at the top 5 podcast episodes of 2022. Let us know what you think on LinkedIn!

  1. 🎧 #092: AMP Capital's Data-Driven Maintenance Program
  2. 🎧 #098: Louise Monger on Schneider Electric's approach to digital buildings
  3. 🎧 #100: Decarbonization, blockchain, and the Building OS with KPMG and Prescriptive Data
  4. 🎧 #083: QuadReal's quest for a Building OS with KODE Labs
  5. 🎧 #106: A day in the life of a digitized, decarbonized building

We will resume the podcast's weekly schedule with Episode #132 on January 5th, 2023.

---

★ MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS THIS MONTH:

  • Subject Matter Expert Workshop:  Pro Member and Industry Analyst at Verdantix, Joy Trinquet, will be our expert on an Introduction to The IWMS Tech Category. January 4 at 2 pm MT.
  • Nexus Foundations Alumni Office Hours: This is a monthly event for all Nexus Foundations Alumni, hosted by James Dice, Founder of Nexus Labs. Post your questions here ahead of time as a comment. January 16th @ 9 am MT.
  • New Member Orientation: Nexus Founder, James Dice, will host an introduction to the Nexus Labs Community and how you access and take advantage of all the resources that come with your Pro Membership. This is for new members or those who've not taken advantage of all the resources at the Nexus Community. January 17 @ 9am MT
  • Member Gathering: TBA January 25 @ 9am MT

Join Nexus Pro now to get the invites and access to the recordings.

---

★ ON LINKEDIN: Who's headed to AHR Expo in Atlanta?

---

★ JOBS: Are you hiring? Searching for a job in smart buildings?—We've relaunched the Nexus Labs Jobs Board.

It's got great jobs from Gridium and Facilio...

🔥🔥🔥 Hot Job in Smart Buildings

👉Facilio is searching for an Enterprise Account Executive. Facilio is an IoT-based Connected Operations platform solution provider for smart building portfolios. As they are rapidly expanding in business, they're looking to add enterprise SaaS & smart buildings obsessed, ever curious, and fun talent to join their existing teams!

👉Gridium is looking for a US-based **Technical Product Manager** to manage their data services and design new product offerings as they expand geographically. This role will focus on continuously improving and expanding data integrations and data quality processes.

🏫 A message from our sponsor, Smart Buildings Center 🏫

The Smart Buildings Center Education Program (SBCEP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes the smarter use of technology and practices in the built environment will enable a cleaner, healthier and more productive future.

The SBCEP seeks to establish thought leadership for smart technologies and practices within the built environment, and pursues its objective through the following pillars of activity: delivering training programs to educate the building workforce of the future; enabling industry leading demonstration projects; and connecting the industry through hosting and participating in smart buildings events.

Check out their body of work on The Essential Role of Smarter Buildings in the Clean Energy Transition.

👋 That's all for this week. See you next Tuesday!

Whenever you're ready, there are 4 ways Nexus Labs can help you:

1. Take our shortcut to learning the Smart Buildings industry here (350 students and counting)

2. Join our community of smart buildings nerds and gamechangers here (450 members and counting)

3. Sponsor our newsletter & podcast & get 6k+ nerdy eyeballs and earholes on your brand, product, or business.

4. (NEW) Join the Nexus Labs Syndicate on Angellist for opportunities to invest in the best smart buildings startups that cross my desk each month.

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