Today we shine the LandlordsNY vendor spotlight on Danny Grossarth. Danny is the Marketing Director for TechDad. To see how @TechDad can help you manage your IT services, check out their website here!
1. How long have you been in the business and how did you get started?
I’ve been working in the technology field for about 15 years. My college major was recording and audio engineering and I attended that program at the cusp of serious consumer computing power. The first year or so in college it was all about the traditional analog approach like the big studios, but the last year it was all about ‘digital everything’ and the freelance / home studio approach. This started my passion for computers and smart technology. I worked at Tekserve for 8 years before working at TechDad for the last 2.
2. What advice would you give to yourself if you were at the beginning?
Is it fair to say that I would buy stock in Apple, Google, and Facebook? Maybe that’s too obvious. I might tell myself to invest in streaming services and other smart home technologies that were initially resisted but ultimately prevailed as the modern day standard.
3. What do you find most hopeful in NY's real estate industry?
The most helpful thing about New York’s real estate industry is the proximity to so much property and so many people in almost any neighborhood. A single address can potentially present an opportunity to bring our services to thousands of people. There’s no shortage of potential clients at a stone’s throw away from wherever you stand.
4. If you were to do anything else, what would it be?
Sort of off topic I suppose, but I would be the touring drummer for a highly successful touring R&B group. I’m a drummer, I love music, and there’s something about that smooth R&B pocket, especially in a live setting that really gets me.
5. How do you think the business will be different in 10 years?
In 10 years, all of the data we’ve shared, willingly or unwillingly, will have been compiled and analyzed to create a world that essentially anticipates our every whim, mood, and need. The selling point of any property will have to include how smart it is. The homes that we think are so smart now will be so advanced that we won’t even have to tell Alexa we’ve had a bad day at work. ‘She’ will already know. We won’t necessarily have to press a button to invoke a setting for the best lighting, temperature, or music. Our houses and apartments will already know what to do for us. You will never see an ad that doesn’t pertain to you and your spending habits. You can see that as a great thing or a scary thing. I haven’t decided yet.
6. What's your favorite quote? Favorite movie and/or book and why?
My favorite movie is Starship Troopers. It came out when I was a kid and it became a family favorite for me, my brothers and our father. I can practically recite the entire movie. I have the iconic tattoo that was etched by a laser in one scene as a way to pay homage to my family. Only a select few would recognize it!
7. What would you do if you won the Mega Millions jackpot?
Dare I say I would buy property in Manhattan? I’d have a home here in NYC, 2 nice cars, a sleek home recording studio, and a platinum drum kit with golden cymbals. I kid. I’m simple so once I squared away a few nice materialistic things, I’d secure a nest egg for my wife and family and then look into funding teachers and students' expenses.
8.What was your first job?
My first job was serving hot dogs and ice cream at the US open in Flushing Meadows Park. As a hungry boy at the peak of my teenage growth spurt, my employer had to put a limit on the free hotdogs for employees policy. Thanks to those hotdogs, I now stand at 6' 5".