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Jeevan Kalanithi – OpenSpace – Q&A

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This Q&A is taken from the full podcast episode we recorded with Jeevan.

Q Can you tell us about your background and what led you to co-found OpenSpace?

A: My passion for artificial intelligence and building products that make people’s lives better has been a driving force throughout my career. I studied AI at Stanford and MIT, and co-founded my first startup, which I later sold. I then became the president of 3D Robotics, North America’s largest drone company. Through my experiences, I identified the need for a simple, comprehensive, and affordable reality capture solution in the construction industry, which inspired me to join forces with my co-founders, Mike and Philip, to create OpenSpace.

Q: How does OpenSpace’s technology help construction teams?

A: OpenSpace’s core product allows construction teams to easily capture and document job sites using 360 cameras, creating a visual record accessible from anywhere at any time. This enables builders to have a complete, up-to-date view of their projects, making it easier to resolve issues, collaborate with stakeholders, and make informed decisions. Our technology streamlines processes like OAC meetings, RFIs, change orders, and punch lists, saving time and improving communication.

Q: What do you envision for the future of reality capture in the construction industry?

A: I believe that in five to ten years, using a technology like OpenSpace will be standard practice on every job site. Just as it would be unusual to conduct research without using Google today, it will be rare for a construction project not to employ reality capture technology. As AI and computer vision advance, we’ll see more breakthroughs in analyzing and extracting insights from the vast amounts of visual data captured on job sites. OpenSpace is uniquely positioned to lead this revolution with our extensive dataset and cutting-edge AI capabilities.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

A: One of the most important pieces of advice I would give to my younger self is to run towards the punch in the face – identify and address the critical risks to your idea as early as possible. It’s crucial to validate or invalidate these risks quickly, even if it means confronting uncomfortable truths about your business. As your company grows, it’s equally important to dedicate time for creative work and seek feedback from your team and customers to ensure you’re steering the ship in the right direction.

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