#9 I’ll Grant You That w/ George Holmes PhD & Keyri Moreno-Bonnett, Hire Henry Co-Founders

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Is there anything better than getting double the value AND half the hassle for the same price? This week we’ve got two mighty impressive guests, here to present their cutting-edge solution to the landscaping industry’s labor crisis. George Holmes PhD and Keyri Moreno-Bonnett are the co-founders of Hire Henry, where they’ve set their sights on creating a robotic mower with performance indistinguishable from a human operator on a zero turn lawn mower. The pair received a National Science Foundation grant in 2018, and led a team that conducted a thorough investigation of the labor shortage crisis in commercial professional landscaping – including 100+ landscaping organizations across 7+ states. Key results of the study can be found here: http://hirehenry.us/

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1:18 – Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright
2:44 – Researching Robotics
4:48 – Different Ways to Fly
7:03 – A Very Productive Mistake
12:12 – The Landscaping Revolution
12:46 – The NSF Research Grant & Outcomes
28:02 – The Labor Challenge in Landscaping
30:46 – The Hidden Costs of Employees
33:26 – Mowing Is Not a Differentiator
36:04 – How Receptive Landscapers Are to the Idea of Robotic Mowers
41:24 – Finding the Right Robot Mower for Your Needs
53:33 – Uncapped Potential
57:16 – It’s Not Personal
1:02:30 – Winning at Yoga

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Joe Langton

Joe is acting CEO at Automated Outdoor Solutions, President at Langton Nursery and Landscape Supply, and President of Langton Group. He’s a serial entrepreneur teaching his daughter, Julia, the ropes.

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