This morning I attended a talk at the Gensler building in Downtown Los Angeles by Seth Goldman, the co-founder of "Honest Tea." The talk was part of a series called "The Live Talks Business Forums" that feature leading business executives and thought leaders and have included the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, John Mackey - CEO of Whole Foods, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Howard Schultz - CEO of Starbucks (which I also had the pleasure to attend), and many many more notable business "mavericks." The talks are part of a breakfast-hour series in which the featured guest is interviewed or speaks and then the audience attendees can ask questions. Each talk is an intimate affair with a limited amount of tickets sold, which I think adds an extra special quality to the event as you feel like you are getting to know the speaker on a personal level.
The talk was fantastic and I definitely garnered a few nuggets of information that I've stored in my brain bank for them to bounce around and hopefully attach to some other idea flailing around in there to make me the next big thing! But in the meantime, I want to talk about a disguised star of this event and that is the hosting location. The Gensler building is home to the Gensler architecture, design and consulting firm's LA outfit and it is spectacular. If you were wondering what inspired the office set in the movie "Her," I would venture to guess that it was this place. The resemblance was UNCANNY, y'all.
The building and their use of lighting and furniture and design is a marvel. It gives a super creative vibe but also maintains the quiet focused feel that one might need in order to actually get work done. The talk was in the middle of the first floor in the back but out in the open and there were even risers suggesting that the space is frequently used as a presentation space. It really made me feel like I was in the future as prescribed by the movie "Her" which when I saw the film in theaters, the future as they portrayed it felt foreign and even a bit cold but inside this building their was a productive, inspiring warmth to it. I'm sure I'm making no sense AT ALL but my point in all of this (yes, there is a point) is that this building seems to be part of a generation of "smart" buildings and appliances and multi-functional tools that take many factors into account and serve the needs of its user more efficiently, conveniently and effectively.
WHICH, brings me to my next point. If you're still reading this far along, congratulations because now I'm finally getting to the meat and potatoes of what I meant for this post to be about. My "little friend" mentioned in the title is the future and possibly also my f̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ new personal trainer.
Now, no disrespect to human personal trainers or anything.. There is definitely something to be said about making a commitment to a real-live person that keeps you on your game and a little more accountable, but in case you don't suffer from this affliction called "lack of workout motivation" (not that I would know ANYTHING about that, of course ;), the future is stepping in and replacing a human in yet another instance. Say hello to "MOOV." A "smart" little gadget that talks to you... just like "Her." See where I'm going with this? Describes as a personal A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) coach.
MOOV can offer coaching with swimming (it's waterproof), golf (you can attach it to your golf club to find out what you're doing wrong with your swing), yoga (it will guide you through your practice and offer tips on improving your form), running, boxing, strength training, cardio, etc. It links to your phone and can track and record your progress and offer tips and scores, as well as talking to you through your headphones AND... allowing you to share your results with your friends to create a little HEALTHY (no pun intended) competition, if you know what I mean :).
It's available for pre-order now at 50% off, making it $59.95 (a steal when you think about the cost of personal trainers).
Watch the "vid" (in the future we will only speak in shortened words) below to find out more about MOOV's Moves:
So, what are you waiting for?? Get MOOVing before the pre-sale price goes up!