From a smart city to smart apartments, Kansas City entrepreneur Blake Miller has been at the forefront of innovation on the Silicon Prairie.

In the latest edition of Series A – The Podcast, we travel to Kansas City for an in-depth look at why America’s heartland is home to some of the nation’s top tech talent along with arguably its best barbecue.

Producer/correspondent Josh Kerns visits with Miller and Microsoft for Startups technical evangelist and engineer Jordan Svancara to go inside his latest venture Homebase, a smart apartment platform and ecosystem poised to dramatically change the rental housing game for tenants and property managers alike.

“After researching the market, the results were conclusive–current property management platforms aren’t built to handle the needs of today’s connected life,” Miller says.

For residents, Homebase brings together the best of IoT, combining smart appliances, security and the like with rent and utilities payment, maintenance management and more.

Homebase enables far better management for apartment owners as well, from finance to maintenance, enabling dramatic improvements in efficiencies, service and ultimately revenues.

Miller and Svencara also offer an insiders view into what makes Kansas City so special as a pioneer in innovation, from municipal WiFi to fiber to a number of other public/private partnerships that have spurred continued growth and success for the city, entrenched enterprises like Sprint, Garmin and Cerner, and countless startups like Homebase.  And did we mention the barbecue?!

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