On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (40 min interview), we spotlight Todd Lewis, Vice President at Prologis Ventures, and address Prologis's customers' most critical pain points in supply chain and transportation, digital buildings and infrastructure, and real estate and construction.
- His investments into different companies, and which ones drew the most interest and excitement
- Challenges in the investment realm when balancing the disruption to the industry; what you can do, today, to set yourself up for success in future technology
- Immersive technology around the AR cloud and how far the autonomous vehicle and drone technology are from becoming fixtures within our societal landscape
- How real estate figures into drone technology and how it will evolve as drones progress in the future
Todd joined Prologis in October 2020 and is Vice President of Prologis Ventures. He has over 8 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and the greater innovation ecosystem. During this time, Todd worked across a broad spectrum of technologies supporting the Supply Chain Logistics space, including autonomous vehicles, robotic automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, aerial drones, as well as SaaS-related growth technologies focused on driving digital efficiencies and e-commerce growth.
Prior to joining Prologis, he created a new division at UPS focused solely on the venture capital ecosystem and was tasked with rethinking and relaunching their 23-year-old early-stage venture arm, UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, into a modern, robust, capability-driven investment arm, now known as UPS Ventures.
Todd has a background in financial management and worked as a financial consultant in the higher education space prior to joining UPS. He received his Bachelors from San Diego State University, his Master of Business Administration from National University, and finalized an executive learning program from Berkeley Haas, School of Business on Venture Capital. He is married and has two daughters, who enjoy traveling and playing at the beach.
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0:44 Amy Peck introduces the Vice President at Prologis Ventures,
4:36 So, let's talk about some of the companies you've invested in. I know you want to favor all of them equally, but are there some that you're very excited about?
10:17 So one of the challenges in the investment realm is that you don't want to be too early or too late. How do you balance what you can do today that will set you on a path for success with future technology?
17:25 You talked a little bit about autonomous vehicles and drones. How far out are you thinking on those and what are some of the inherent challenges that you're finding today?
25:35 So how does real estate figure into the airspace with drones? How do you see that evolving and how will drone delivery evolve that piece of the market as well?
38:06 So, let's go way into the future. Projecting yourself 20 to 30 years in the future, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?
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