Josh McManus is a problem-solver working in post-industrial cities with entrepreneurs, corporations, and foundations to help people positively transform the places that they love. Josh’s experience spans 20 years as a serial social and business entrepreneur. An innovator in entrepreneurial ecosystems, creative economic development and combating population loss, Josh is obsessed with place-based change. An autodidact learner on subjects ranging from invention laboratories to neuroscience to game theory, Josh designs and implements projects that aim to disrupt how people in places think of themselves and their community and maximize the potential of all citizens who reside there.
Previously, Josh worked with the Rock Ventures team in Detroit, helping to buy and renovate many millions of square feet of empty downtown space. Rock Ventures is the umbrella company that serves and connects Quicken Loans Founder and Cleveland Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of more than 100 companies.
Nationally, Josh is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a Next American Vanguard. Locally, he has helped found multiple organizations and has served on a variety of institutional boards in his collection of adopted hometowns including Chattanooga, Tennessee; Detroit; and Bar Harbor, Maine. His thoughts have been featured by Forbes, Fast Company, The Economist, Entrepreneur, GOOD, USA Today, The Huffington Post and Garden and Gun.
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Insights and Inspirations
- Josh believes we are on the precipice of the democratization of finance
- All segments of the real estate market are innovating and transforming rapidly, right before our eyes.
- Just as we’ve lived through a wave of green-washing, we are now in a wave of good-washing.
- The sharing economy is flexing its muscles in real estate – office sharing, AirBNB, revenue sharing in lieu of rent, co-housing – and there is more to come.
- Real estate in the US would be radically improved through the rapid re-writing of zoning laws.
Information and Links
- Josh’s purpose in this world is to be a trim tab. He spends most of his time working to hack capitalism and building on work that started in Chattanooga, TN.
- And Josh loves Avalon Bakery, in Detroit.
Detroit, image by Eve Picker