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Automation Unplugged

Automation Unplugged is a Facebook Live show recorded weekly with our host Ron Callis, Owner and CEO of the digital marketing agency, One Firefly. In each Automation Unplugged episode, Ron speaks with leading industry personalities and technology professionals to discuss all things business development, technology trends, and more. These interviews are designed to help our clients and members of the custom integration industry keep up-to-date with the latest news as well as learn from experts in the field.

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Watch Episode #67: An Industry Q&A with Joseph Kolchinsky

Changing the Smart Home One Experience at a Time

Watch Episode #67: An Industry Q&A with Joseph Kolchinsky

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Joseph Kolchinsky. Recorded live on Monday March 11th, 2019 at 2pm EST.

About Joseph Kolchinsky

Joseph Kolchinsky is the founder/CEO of OneVision Resources and is focused on modernizing the smart-home service channel, transforming today’s professional smart-home installer into tomorrow’s Technology Manager for the connected family. He sold his first service contract for managing the smart home in 2008 and after nearly a decade of providing services to clients directly he focused his efforts on building a platform for integrators. Today OneVision is redefining the relationships integrators have with their clients, changing the smart home one experience at a time. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joseph invested in and served on the board of Ihiji, a start-up focused on remote management of the smart-home which was acquired by Control4 in 2017.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Joseph Kolchinsky

  • Symposium
  • What’s new with OneVision?
  • Upcoming trends in 2019

Watch Episode #8: an Industry Q&A Session with Mike Maniscalco

Unique Insight into RMR for AV Professionals

Watch Episode #8: an Industry Q&A Session with Mike Maniscalco

In this Automation Unplugged interview, Ron Callis interviews Mike Maniscalco, the Co-founder and VP of Product for Ihiji. Mike's firm is an award-winning software monitoring platform aimed at helping systems integrators and IT professionals easily maintain commercial and residential networks.

About Mike Maniscalco

Mike has a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in networks and telecommunications. With nearly two decades of experience in network engineering and business management, Mike is published in multiple CEDIA handbooks and guides. Mike is a CEDIA Registered Outreach Instructor as well as a member of several CEDIA committees, such as the CEDIA IT/Networking Task Force Committee and the CEDIA Tech Council.

Interview Recap

In the interview, Ron was able to pick Mike's brain on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Mike's background in the audio-video space

  •  Mike and Stuart's approach to selling their home automation company

  • The meaning behind the name Ihiji

  • Why they chose to base Ihiji in Austin

  • How networking has evolved in this industry over the years

  • Hindrances in achieving success with RMR

  • What RMR

  •  What RMR can mean for a business in terms of valuation

  •  A breakdown of Ihiji's tools

  •  How fast it typically takes to get ramped up with Ihiji

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