Notes From The Harvest Summit

Sonoma vineyard

On Friday (11/10), I attended the Harvest Summit, an exclusive event at the La Crema wine estate in the Russian River Valley of California. The organizers described the gathering as a day during which “250 leaders outstanding in their fields will be thinking, talking, tasting, and transforming.” The conference was a celebration of the art and science and social impact of innovation. The winery was a unique location, I met some very impressive people, the dialogues were engaging, and I learned a lot. Everyone enjoyed meeting the winemakers and oenophiles, and the culinary experience was great.

The conference was not planned this way originally, but the event had a philanthropic fund raising aspect to it. The Sonoma and Napa and two other counties faced the worst wildfires in California’s history. It was gripping to see some of the scorched areas on the way from the hotel, and it was very emotional to hear about the 7,000 homes lost across the four counties. The extraordinary winds drove the fire one mile every minute, making it extraordinarily difficult for first responders. Imagine getting a phone call at two in the morning and being told to evacuate immediately. The property loss exceeded the impact of any hurricane in the U.S., ever. When Jessica Kilcullen, founder and chief harvester, introduced her brother, who is a local firefighter, he stood in his uniform. The audience choked up during the standing ovation. The stories of first responder bravery were amazing.

The Sonoma county supervisor and a state senator described the response. The teamwork at all levels, federal, state, and local was quite impressive. It is hard to imagine inhabitants of 7,000 homes suddenly having nothing and no place to sleep. Thousands of cots and food were brought in quickly. Millions of dollars have been raised philanthropically. The big challenge is to rebuild, literally from the ground up. Everyone seems confident, but the effort will be monumental.

Two speakers, who are experts on the subject, discussed crisis planning. It was an intense discussion, especially when considering disaster which could strike a wide geographic area. We should all be thinking of how we would communicate with our families in the event of a disaster. What would we do? Where could we all meet? We can’t just hope a disaster doesn’t happen. We have to have a plan just in case.

In subsequent posts, I will share what I learned about the future of work, AI, the future of food, the future of transportation, some amazing pinot noirs, and other topics. Stay tuned.

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Apple iPhone X

AppleUPS tracking shows the iPhone X is in Brookfield, Connecticut after arriving from Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Before that the iPhone was in Louisville, KY. Before that the iphone was in Anchorage, Alaska, where it arrived from Shanghai,  China having come from ZhengZhou,  China, two cities with a combined population of 35 million. I marvel at how Apple is able to produce more than a half-million iPhones every single day, and pump them through a well-oiled logistics system to arrive exactly as planned.

iPhone 7+ and XThe other thing which went as planned was the setup of the new X. The process approaches magic. I placed the iPhone 7+ (left) and the iPhone X (right) side by side. The 7+ recognized the X and asked if I wanted to transfer the settings from old to new. Yes. Then the X asked if I wanted to activate the phone with AT&T. Yes. Then it asked if I wanted all my songs, pictures, apps, and data to be transferred from the iCloud backup to the new phone. Yes. It also asked if I wanted my Apple Watch to be synced with the phone. Yes. Next, the X asked me to look at the front-facing camera and move my head in circles while the X captured and analyzed more than 30,000 invisible dots projected onto my face. It also captured an infrared image of my face. After doing this twice, I was enrolled in Face ID.

Whenever I look at the iPhone X, it captures data and compares what it sees to the data from when I enrolled. I don’t know the number of calculations it requires but it happens instantly, no delay. Face ID works in the dark and can adapt to shaving a beard, and wearing a hat, scarf, or sunglasses. While the odds of someone stealing your iPhone and having a fingerprint just like yours is 1 in 50,000, with Face ID, the odds of the thief having a face the same as yours is 1 in a million. 

With a simple glance, Face ID securely unlocks your iPhone X, and you can make purchases from Apple or make payments to an online or brick-and-mortar retailer. Apps which support Touch ID now automatically support Face ID, and many more will surely follow. There are many other amazing features of the iPhone X. I’ll write more about them in upcoming e-briefs.

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Home Attitude Is Here: Layman’s Guide to Home Automation

Home Attitude

Home Attitude is here. The book went live on Amazon Tuesday night. The Kindle version will be available on or before November 27. It seems like a long time to make the conversion, but there are a lot of files, detailed steps, and reviews involved. Now comes the hard part, marketing. Step 1 was to add the new book to The OCLC database contains more than 400 million bibliographic records, and is used by librarians around the world.

I will make a short video as soon as possible and share it here and on social media. Each story I post here on, automatically posts on Facebook, Google+, GotChosen, LinkedIn, Medium, Twitter, and any videos will go on YouTube. I will be scheduling a number of book launch parties in Connecticut and Florida. I will continue to post snippets and parts of chapters in my blog and the Saturday morning e-brief. One of the most powerful marketing tools is word of mouth, so if you like what you hear about any of my books, please tell your friends and family or forward a copy of the e-briefStay tuned for more about Home Attitude.

Keep me posted

John R. Patrick


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Home Attitude Getting Really Close

Home Attitude

Home Attitude is getting really close now. I hope everybody is ready to release pent up demand for home attitude to make your home smart. I finished the book cover last weekend and the CreateSpace team integrated the manuscript, index, and book cover. They have released the order to the printing plant in South Carolina to print a single proof copy. I expect to get it early next week at the latest. Assuming the proof looks good, I will approve it and within minutes it will go on sale on Amazon. The Kindle version will become available ten days later.

I did some research on the pricing. I want the print and Kindle versions to be priced attractively and competitively. The book will be 194 pages, including all the front matter and back matter. As of now, I plan to make the print version $14.99 and the Kindle version $9.99. These can be changed at any time. If anyone feels I am off base with this pricing, please let me know at Hopefully, when I get back from my travels on Monday night, I will be able to announce on social media the print version is on Amazon. I’ll provide another update in the next e-brief.

Stay tuned for Home Attitude, and tell all your friends!

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Harvest Summit in Sonoma

Sonoma vineyard

On Friday (11/10), I will be attending an exclusive event at a wine estate in the Russian River Valley. The conference is called the Harvest Summit. The organizers describe the gathering as a day during which “250 leaders outstanding in their fields will be thinking, talking, tasting, and transforming.” The conference will be a celebration of the art and science and social impact of innovation. They say, “Say hello to a unique and exclusive location, engaging dialogues, interactive collaborations and immediate business impact enhanced by a world class culinary and entertainment experience.” What a mouth full. Jessica, founder and chief harvester, said the participants will be “leading entrepreneurs, tech execs, VCs, scientists, cult winemakers, CMOs, Chefs, and game changing senior executives”. Not sure which one I am, maybe cult winemaker wannabe.

It was not planned this way, but the event will have a philanthropic fund raising aspect to it. The communities of Napa and Sonoma Counties faced the worst wildfires in California’s history, and much of the bay area was impacted with the poorest air quality ever recorded. The Hilton I had planned to stay at was burned to the ground, along with thousands of homes and businesses. It is hard to look at the pictures at ‘Armageddon’: Apocalyptic images show the devastation caused by deadly wine-country fires. Local officials now face a monumental clean-up, rebuilding, and revitalization effort. Leaders on the front lines will share their innovation in action tactics and strategies. There are many people in need of help, hence the philanthropic aspect of the conference. All attendees are urged to make a donation to any of the various fire relieve funds which have been established.

I am looking forward to learning from the long list of impressive speakers and topics. Needless to say, one of the topics will be how automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) are impacting the future of work and life at home. I plan to be an active and collaborative participant in the various breakouts. If you are interested in seeing the agenda, click here.

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