Nick Smoot is the founder of The Innovation Collective, a community of leaders and entrepreneurs who are actively redirecting the creative class in various regions across the world. Their tactics for change include public and private events, tech accelerators, policy change and funding through his venture fund mountain man.
He is and advisory to many start ups and has founded a few companies , one of which was Hyplify Listed as one of the 100 most brilliant companies of 2013 by Entrepreneur Magazine, apps featured in the App Store, and partners with Virgin America, Gogo, Mensa, and Riney.
His fund is currently invested in a few companies in the mobility sector that range for autonomous driving technology to drones.
In this episode:
Nick shares with us how he got a first of its kind in the US law written to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles within city limits, he shares with us the thinking behind developing innovation hubs regionally and lastly dives into why we are undergoing such a major revolution in how we move people and packages around the world.
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Connect with Nick Smoot
Twitter @smooter https://twitter.com/smooter
Transit Elevated Bus China –http://www.boredpanda.com/elevated-bus-beijing-china/
Robot Testing Legislation CDA – http://www.opb.org/news/blog/newsblog/robots-free-to-roam-in-coeur-dalene/
Start Up Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in your city (Brad Feld) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008UV826U/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1#nav-subnav
SpaceX Mars – https://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/02/elon-musk-hopes-spacex-will-send-humans-to-mars-in-2024/
Nick Smoot’s quick bio [4:52]
The value of regionally focused innovation hubs [7:55]
Identity Opportunities for Small Town America [13:21]
Finding an Innovation Identity How to [19:38]
The Basics of autonomous vehicle testing laws [29:14]
On drafting laws [30:35]
Dishwasher Robots with Rifles [32:35]
Three key growth areas for the future [36:53]
Telling your 5 year old about traveling to Mars and being serious [38:53]
Future Mobility Opportunities [44:55]
Self Driving Car Predictions [47:10]
Think Big Festival [48:57]