In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Adam Blake from Zego.
Without further ado…
What do you do?
Zego is the hub for smarter apartment living. Built by real estate experts and backed by artificial intelligence, Zego enhances multifamily communities by integrating smart home devices with a single app that connects residents with management, maintenance and a marketplace for local services. Zego improves operational efficiencies and generates additional revenue for owners and managers, while improving apartment living for residents.
What problem does your product/service solve?
Zego has set the standard for the “resident app” in apartment communities. We have created the first all-in-one mobile solution that integrates smart home technology, communication, rent payment, work orders, local services, and more into a single app. Until now, these technologies and capabilities either didn’t exist or were spread across disparate systems: email, text, web portals, smart home apps, etc.
Once Zego’s technology is deployed across a community, the manager has an unprecedented digital connection with the resident. Engaging with residents where they spend their time, on their phones, leads to a better resident experience and creates an interesting platform to sell additional services
What are you most excited about right now?
We recently announced a deal with S2 Capital in collaboration with Amazon to deploy Zego’s technology to 30,000 apartment units. We’re launching a fair amount of new product features incorporating Alexa’s voice control technology. It’s really exciting to have a front row seat to the “voice revolution” taking place.
What’s next for you?
We are scaling our resident app to hundreds of thousands of units. Historically, we have been focused on smart apartment technology that requires hardware in apartments. While this has been a great product for the market with strong resident engagement in our app, the physical hardware presents a limitation to rapidly scale to hundreds of thousands or millions of units. Our resident app requires no hardware, can be quickly deployed, and has recently become robust enough to offer a no brainer value proposition to clients.
What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?
I’m passionate about supporting youth and student entrepreneurship. I’ve been heavily involved with organizations such as the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, I serve on the advisory board for TCU’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, and have done a lot of speaking and mentoring with various youth/ student oriented entrepreneurship organizations and competitions.
Our traditional education system doesn’t do enough to foster entrepreneurship so I love supporting organizations that support and empower young entrepreneurs.
Thanks to Adam for sharing his story. If you’d like to connect, find him on LinkedIn here.
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