Name Avery Pullman
What do you do at Josh? I’m spending the summer between my junior and senior year of college working with the Business Development team at Josh. It’s been a great change of pace putting down the textbooks and stepping into the new scene!
Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but after 18 New England winters, I was ready for a change. I moved out to Southern California where I currently attend school at UC Santa Barbara. Go, Gauchos!
What office do you work in? Despite going to school in Southern California, I’m spending my summer in the Denver office. I couldn’t decide between the Colorado Mountains and the SoCal beaches, so I figured why not split time between the two?
What do you love about the smart home? The potential of the smart home is really limitless, that’s what I love. From the energy saving possibilities to providing assistance to those who need it, we’ve only begun to scratch the surface on how this technology will revolutionize the way we do almost everything, and that’s incredibly exciting.
What are you most excited about over the next few years? At school, I study Environmental Science and Chemistry and am writing my thesis on distributed energy systems (DES). DES is a growing field that works with smart home technology to create an intelligent, mobile, and a more distributed energy grid. So I’m especially excited to see the increased role that smart homes will play from an energy standpoint in the coming years. In the future, I envision our smart homes, cars, and devices all working in tandem to create a simple, green, and futuristic home that makes life better for us and the planet.
iPhone or Android? iPhone, the first really cool piece of technology I remember was the early iPod, ever since then, I’ve always been team Apple.
What do you do for fun? Anything outside. Whether it’s camping, rock climbing, or snowboarding, if I’m outside (preferably with the adrenaline pumping) I’m content.
If you could go anywhere, where would it be? Alaska. It really is the final frontier. From huge mountains like Denali to some of the best fly fishing in the world, Alaska’s definitely at the top of my bucket list.
Favorite restaurant in the world? Santarpios Pizza. If you’re ever in Boston this place is a must.
Favorite IoT / smart home product? As a broke college student, all I’d seen before getting started at Josh were simple products like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home. So when I saw Josh, it was like entering a whole new smart home world. I’m sure it sounds biased, but Josh is by far the most user-friendly and effective product I’ve seen in this space.
Favorite books/reading material/websites? For the energy nerds, one of my all-time favorite books is Energy and Civilization by Vaclav Smil. It explains how energy has shaped human history beginning in the stone age and how it will continue to do so into the distant future. Another on the top of my list is the biography, Theodore Roosevelt, by Walter Isaacson. Teddy was one of the most fascinating people ever. Despite many difficulties in his life, he pursued a wide range of interests, always trying to learn more, challenge himself, and seek adventure wherever he could.