#CREtech Picks: Week of 8/11/17

Neighborhood-focused startup Nextdoor expands into real estate listings

News - Bizjournals

Neighborhood-focused social network Nextdoor is expanding into real estate listings as the startup ramps up its monetization efforts.

Exclusive: Tech giants push for thousands of housing units in tiny Peninsula city

News - Biz Journals

Almost three dozen tech companies are pushing for housing at the 684-acre Brisbane Baylands project, one of the region's largest development sites.

Some employees are rumored to hate the open floor plan at Apple's new $5 billion campus

News - Business Insider

Apple employees are moving into Apple Park, the company's new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California. Everything about the so-called spaceship campus has been carefully considered, according to a slew of press features on the office building.

Walmart is taking a direct shot at Amazon and making checkout lanes obsolete

News - Business Insider

Walmart is rolling out a new technology in its stores that enables shoppers to scan and pay for their items without checkout lanes, registers, or cashiers.

Top VC’s in Commercial Real Estate to speak at CRE // Tech in New York on December 7

Press Release - CRE // Tech

Camber Creek, Canaan Partners, Cleveland Avenue, Fifth Wall Ventures, Index Ventures, Moderne Ventures and Navitas Capital will speak at the largest event ever in the CREtech industry at their 2017 conference in New York

What Makes The Future Of #CRE So Special? Nothing, Nothing At All.

Blog - Duke Long

I won’t go into too much detail but the tools and 3D printers alone were enough to make me get all creative and nerdy. Anything and everything was software and technology driven. But during the small impromptu tour, we all stood there and had some sort of collective consensus.As much as the technology dominated everything in front of us the one thing the tech and tools need to function was CREATIVITY.

Project Management Cost Tracking Guide From Honest Buildings

News - Facility Executive Magazine

Honest Buildings, a provider of project management and procurement software built for commercial real estate owners, has released a set of best practice guidelines focused on creating value through project management. The company’s most recent guide, Honest Buildings Inside Track: The Fundamentals of Cost Tracking, is the third in a series.

Five Predictions For The Great Consolidation Of CRE Tech

News - Forbes

It’s hard to believe that only three years ago the $15 trillion commercial real estate industry had virtually no software support and was vastly underserved by available technology.

Tech activity driving downtown office demand

News - Indianapolis Business Journal

The Indianapolis-area office market continues to show signs of improvement and particularly in the large downtown submarket, where vacancy is steadily shrinking.

Why should real estate agents care about chatbots?

News - Inman

In the past, you could set up an auto-responder with no interactivity, you could get out of bed and handle it yourself — or worse yet, you could do nothing and miss out on the lead entirely.

3 More Ways Amazon is Shaking Everything Up (Thoughts from a CRE Guy Continued)

Blog - Jon Schultz

It wasn’t too long ago that this CRE guy gave his thoughts on Amazon Go and everything that goes with that. But, as quickly as Amazon moves … it’s time to update that blog with, you guessed it, more thoughts.

Real Estate Leaders See Bright Future For Predictive Analytics, Big Data, and Marketing Automation

News - Marketwired

Real estate industry leaders anticipate big opportunities coming from newer technology like Predictive Analytics, Big Data, and Marketing Automation over the next five years, but show lukewarm confidence in Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Realty, and Virtual Realty 3D Tours.

Real Estate Startup zavvie Announces Major Expansion into California

News - Market Wired

Colorado's hottest new real estate tech startup -- zavvie -- today announced a major expansion into America's largest real estate market, California, during the nation's largest real estate technology conference, Inman Connect, with some 4,000 people in attendance at the San Francisco Hilton. 

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Continue to Gain Traction

News - NREI

Crowdfunding platforms have logged some impressive growth numbers in the past four years and the industry is poised for more expansion.

#CREtech Exhibitors: LEVERTON

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

In 2012, the LEVERTON team started to leverage Deep Learning technology to build a smart data platform. Their aim was to support the tedious, yet crucial process of extracting legally binding information from corporate documents. Since then their platform has evolved into a powerful system for managing data and documents.

Walgreens Exec Shares 5 Winning Customer Experience Strategies

Blog - Regency Centers

Known for its motto, “at the corner of happy and healthy,” Walgreens not only talks the talk, but walks the walk with decades of exceptional customer service that continues to translate into high customer loyalty and company growth.

In its push to compete in Southeast Asia, WeWork is pouring $500 million into the region

News - TechCrunch

Less than two weeks ago, WeWork took the wraps off a new massive round of funding — $500 million from the Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital, the Japanese internet giant SoftBank, Greenland Holdings, and China Oceanwide.

Peter Thiel’s fund just invested in this NYC rental insurance startup

News - The Real Deal

New York-based rental insurance startup Jetty raised $11.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, the company announced Tuesday. The firm’s seed-round investors Ribbit Capital, SV Angel, Box Group and RedSwan also participated in the latest round.