Brave New Real Estate

Live and Work Anywhere with Colin O'Donnell of Kibbo

Episode Summary

This episode features a conversation with entrepreneur and urban technologist Colin O'Donnell, whose van-living mobile community, Kibbo, offers up a new way to live and work. For less than the cost of a big-city studio apartment—1,000 dollars—Kibbo members are given access to community hubs in Ojai, Big Sur, Zion, and Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, as well as urban centers across the West Coast. We’ll talk to Colin about his company’s origins, why a background in technology lends itself to real estate, and how the Coronavirus might continue to impact how we live in the future, perhaps for the better.

Episode Notes

0:01:39 Kibbo’s origins and the “Responsive City” concept 

00:09:19 Branding Kibbo, and building a #vanlife brand.

00:10:15 The difference between a smart and a responsive city

00:12:40 Making cities anywhere: new and old models

00:16:04 Marian Goodell’s lessons for Kibbo: pop-up cities

00:19:08 How kids and families fit into the Kibbo model 

00:23:23 COVID-19’s impact on Kibbo 

00:25:58 Real estate functionality of Kibbo membership platforms 

00:29:14 O’Donnell’s tech background as an influence on Kibbo

00:34:13  Kibbo in 5 years

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