#CREtech Picks: Week of 7/28/17

TH Real Estate Achieves Wired Certification for 16 Buildings in New York City and Boston 

News - WiredScore

WiredScore, the company behind the world’s leading rating system for technological capacity in commercial buildings, and TH Real Estate,  an affiliate of Nuveen (the investment management arm of TIAA) announced today that TH Real Estate has achieved Wired Certification for its 16-building office portfolio in the New York City and Boston areas. This achievement totals 5,377,000 square feet of Wired Certified commercial space in two highly competitive markets.

Your Apartment Building’s Emergency Plan Needs Mobile Communication

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

Tenants typically prefer to be left alone, but when they want to contact a property manager, they expect easy and instant communication. Conversely, property managers want to ensure tenants are adequately informed at all times about everything from overdue rent to scheduled building maintenance. Utilizing an effective mobile communication system is essential in buildings as a part of daily operations. 

3 Ways the Smart City Will Change Real Estate

NAI Global - Blog

The term smart city is becoming a bigger part of real estate lingo – but what is the meaning behind it? Moreover, how will smart cities make themselves felt in the current and future real estate markets? Let’s look at three ways in which the smart-city concept is set to resonate throughout the industry.
Amazon is thinking about using its delivery drones to scan your house to sell you more stuff (AMZN)

News - Business Insider

Amazon's ambitions to build a fleet of self-flying delivery drones will have an interesting side-effect: They will create unimaginable quantities of data.

Blockchain technology and its unfulfilled CRE potential

Blog - theBrokerList

Blockchain is on everyone’s mind. And for CRE professionals, there’s some concern about disintermediation. Should you be worried? Excited? Here’s a primer for how blockchain technology will and won’t affect you.

CRE Opinion: Time, Technology, and Building the Future City

News - D Magazine

There is an excellent saying floating out there, something to the effect of, “We overestimate how much we can accomplish in the short term, and underestimate how much we can accomplish in the long term.” We can expect great shifts in society multiple times within a generation, whether or not we are ready for it.

Economy Watch: Bay Area a Top Market for Tech Talent

News - Commercial Property Executive

While tech workers account for just 3.5 percent of total workers in the U.S., the small labor force has an outsized impact on the real estate market and national economy, and it's growing, according to a recent CBRE report.

#LetsGetSmart – A Data-Driven Look at the Future of Retail

Blog - theBrokerList

Pamela Flora discussed various trends in retail that her research has uncovered during her #LetsGetSmart17 talk at ICSC RECon. As the director of research at Cushman and Wakefield, a global real estate services firm, her work involves conducting general research that identifies trends in retail and publishing analyses of this information.

Netflix Just Changed Everything... and Here's Why

Blog - Jonathan Schultz

Did you ever read those “choose your own adventure” books when you were a child? I always loved the fact that I was able to exercise some control over the fate of my favorite character just by turning to a certain page. Well, if you did love those kinds of books then I have some good news for you: Netflix is taking that concept and bringing it to the television.

Nextdoor rolling out agent ads, property listings

News - Inman

Nextdoor, a social network that covers more than 100,000 U.S. neighborhoods, is rolling out a listing search tool and allowing agents to buy ads on the site in a handful of markets. The new features will offer yet another pay-to-play pathway for real estate agents to new business and mark the latest push by a tech heavyweight into the industry, coming on the heels of signs that Amazon is preparing an agent referral service.

Podcast #144 Stephen King CEO Rexmls.com

Blog - Duke Long

What is rexmls.com? Who is this guy Stephen King anyway? He wants to create a multi-layered real estate protocol that will connect landlords, brokers, buyers, and sellers over a worldwide decentralized network while later giving them the ability to transact.

San Marcos Coworking and How Big Tech Empowers Small Town America

Liquidspace - Blog

San Marcos, Texas is no stranger to growth, change, and history. Sandwiched between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos does not lay in the shadow of the big cities. It glistens and shines just as the mesmerizing waters of the spring-fed river, which runs through the town.
Square Feet: Shared Work Spaces Spread, Mixing Styles and Services

News - New York Times

When his youngest child left for college, Lee Rosen decided that he and his co-workers could operate his family law firm from their homes around Raleigh, N.C., saving $35,000 a month in rent. Lawyers started writing briefs from their kitchen tables and the local library. Where they worked didn’t matter — except for one thing.

Smart Technology Is Coming To A City Near You

News - Bisnow

Within the next 20 years, major U.S. cities will use technology to track traffic congestion, monitor air quality, expand broadband access and provide more convenient parking options. Cities are working with private companies and other organizations to deploy technology to become more competitive in the global economy.

This Buffalo-based startup builds virtual offices for remote teams

News - Bizjournals

Walkabout Office has raised $375,000 to back the development and marketing of its virtual office software. 
Wal-Mart Company, Startup Latch Pitch NYC Landlords with Systems for Easier Delivery

News - Fox Business

Jet.com Inc., the online retailer owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and real-estate technology startup Latch are aiming to expand their reach by offering a free system to New York City landlords to potentially make shopping online easier for tenants in nondoorman buildings.