This is huge achievement for a start-up, and everyone involved deserves a big round of applause. Special kudos to the four inventors: Karen Tucker, Jean Gagliardi, Sergei Rybakov and Andrew Culver, as well as to Stephan Georgiev and his team at our patent attorneys Smart & Biggar.
iLiv All-In is full of inventiveness. And there’s more to come.
Software patents have taken a credibility hit in recent years, with some really silly patents being granted. Remember the “One-click checkout” patent? And patent trolls — firms that don’t even try to market products but exist solely to extort money from those who do — are rightly condemned for bringing no value to society.
But we’re not in that game. We work hard every day to help our customers work better together on better and better processes. We invent to be of service. We think our patent is a pretty cool and valid thing.
Furthermore, and because of all the patent nonsense around recently, the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) has not been feeling very generous. They’ve been stung, and have gotten parsimonious because of it. They raised the bar, and we leapt over it.
All the more reason for us to say: Check out iLiv All-In if you want to see how the future of work is being invented.
We hit a bit of a milestone yesterday as the very first project ever run in All-In by a General Contractor was officially granted LEED Gold certification.
It was on the 6th of May, 2011 that we walked into Webcor’s office… Our long-time advisor, Ann Edminster wanted to introduce us to her friend Phil Williams — And Phil immediately brought in his Sustainability and LEED Rockstar, Megan White.
Over the years, we had the chance to do some site visits, work with students who were interested in the project, sit in on LEED charrettes with the team, and learn a whole lot about AEC, its processes, and the way its many teams work together. This project will be in our hearts forever.
Huge Gratitude and Congratulations to Webcor and the whole CMS team!
I’ve been holding-off on writing my first blog post for a while now because I couldn’t imagine anything that was at the same time worth blogging about and appropriate to our page. But now, it’s finally time to introduce myself – I’m Karen Tucker. I wear a lot of hats at iLiv, but most of my time is spent “product managing”. I spend time asking a ton of questions to users and potential users of our software, and I translate what I’ve learned to our programmers and to our sales/marketing team. As they say in the business books, I’m the “customer in the room” — I represent you. And this morning, you’ve got your happy pants on because it’s just been confirmed that iLiv’s very own Andrew Culver will be performing at this year’s Living Future unConference. Yay!
And here’s why we’re so excited about that:
I met Andrew Culver in April of 2009 because a friend, who had been raving about his music and telling me I would love it, invited me along to a show. That night, Andrew was performing with electro-acoustic music design and performance group, Sonde, at the Sala Rossa on St-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal. It was the second time that I had the opportunity to see the group, but my first time meeting Andrew.
Sonde had learned from Composer Mario Bertoncini that in order to make original music or “sound”, they would have to create new sound sources. And that’s just what they did. And it was beautiful.
It was obvious that Andrew had also been hugely influenced by the music of John Cage and the teachings of Buckminster Fuller, and I found out that he had actually worked as John Cage’s full time assistant for 11 years, collaborating with him on all aspects of composition, including the design of a computer program that would be responsible for all of Cage’s Chance Operations thereafter. Andrew had also exchanged letters with Buckminster Fuller, and in 1983, he received a personal invitation from Fuller himself to perform his Tensegrity Sound Source #5 – one of a series of 9 sound sources designed along Buckian lines – at his event, Integrity Day. Ironically (because of the course Andrew’s life would take twenty years later), then-journalist, now-environmentalist, Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org), covered Integrity Day in The New Yorker, favourably mentioning Andrew’s performance.
Needless to say, I was impressed – I even married him in 2011. But there’s a lot between 2009 and now that led to Andrew’s upcoming performance of the same sound source at the Living Future unConference this month in Seattle.
At the end of that April evening, Andrew handed me a business card with his contact information. The card belonged to his company, iLiv, a local tech start-up focusing on collaboration in green building design and operations, he told me. He explained that he had been impressed by results he’d gotten from composing scores that were designed to give performers in a large orchestra the freedom to create, or as Andrew described it, “making each individual performer into a soloist”. He explained that iLiv’s software would help other types of teams to collaborate effectively, harvesting the creativity and know-how of each team member in much the same way. In green building specifically, this would lead to better buildings.
In 2012, Living Building Challenge was recognized by the Buckminster Fuller Institute and named winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Andrew and I ran into LBC Founder, Jason McLennan, at Bioneers (another “deep greenie” conference) that year, and we pitched the idea of Andrew performing at the next Living Future. Jason and his team accepted and have slotted Andrew as the opening act for this year’s keynote, David Suzuki. Andrew will play his Tensegrity Sound Source #5 the same way he performed it at Integrity Day, only this time he will be introducing David McConville (BFI President) and David Suzuki instead of Buckminster Fuller.
So, come check out Andrew, opening for David Suzuki’s keynote, at Living Future in Seattle this year. I’ll be the one making home videos on my iPad (and sending them to our Twitter followers). ;-)
Where: Westin Seattle Grand Ballroom
When: 6:30pm, Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Cost: $75 for reception and keynote only (including David Suzuki), or if you’re already attending the conference, admission is free with your full conference pass.
We are due to begin blogging in 2013, but I thought a year-end wrap up was a good idea. It gives me chance to warm up as winter comes on.
iLiv has been a startup since 2005, and we still feel like we are starting up. Mostly this has to do with our vision — to change the way people think and work online — and global change can be sloooow. It is happening though.
2012 has been an amazing year for us. Here’s a short list of some of the nice things that happened:
iLiv All-In version 2 had it’s 2nd birthday; we launched October 25, 2010 with 12,000 projects ported over from version 1; our 20,000th project was created on September 12, 2012; as I write this, there are 21,301 and all systems are go!
We signed a new, two-year contract with long-term customer GBCI; All-In helps GBCI deliver certifications of all LEED projects worldwide (Canada and India excluded).
Bill Reed moved from being an advisor to being a partner—we are working to get his ideas on people relationship mapping into a future release—welcome Bill!
We attended our first Bioneers with Paul, Marta, and John Kephart of Rana Creek and Megan White of Webcor Builders; it’s a nice, calm conference with a broad scope of interest; and there we met:
Eric Corey Freed, who got All-In in a hurry and is now an iLiv advisor.
iLiv’s Karen Tucker spoke at Living Future 2012 at a session with Ann Edminster and Christine Magar.
iLiv’s Andrew Culver celebrated John Cage’s centeniary with a lecture in Vienna, Austria, a bit of opera direction in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and an installation in Victoria, Canada.
And we worked our first trade show booth ever, at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco, where thanks to the innovative and generous spirit of Megan White and Phil Williams of Webcor Builders, we were part of a small group of innovative companies invited to enliven their big booth; it was a full booth every day, and it showed to the entire conference the value of sharing, working together, and building relationships based on vision and meaning; and the booth was also a photo booth!—check out some photos here; Webcor rocks.
A little more about Phil and Megan of Webcor. Every startup dreams of having innovative early adopters who posses the imagination to sense something new and meaningful, the courage to immediately act on it in pursuit of a strategic opportunity, and the generosity to tell the world what they have found and why it is so valuable.
Phil and Megan are iLiv’s picture perfect early adopters, and we can’t thank them enough. And they’re fun!