#CREtech Picks: Week of 8/4/17

Women in CRE tech: 3 questions with our Director of People Ops
Blog - Apto

We recently interviewed Heidi Burkhart, president and owner of New York brokerage firm Dane Real Estate, on how she’s succeeded in commercial real estate, a historically male-dominated industry. And with recent news about gender discrimination and harassmentrunning rampant in Silicon Valley and beyond, this got me thinking about similar challenges we face in the technology industry with gender diversity (and diversity in general).  

Leading Law Firm Cole Schotz P.C. Joins CRE // Tech as Ally Sponsor

Press Release - CRE // Tech

CRE // Tech announced that Cole Schotz P.C. is now an exclusive Law Firm Ally Sponsor of the leading event and content platform devoted to the commercial real estate industry.

3 products to help you prospect, get paid, and be productive anywhere

Blog - Apto

Hopefully you read this blog because you trust us to provide important industry news, best practices, and other tips and trends. But we’d remiss if we didn’t occasionally tell you what’s new at Apto. And there’s been a lot this year! We’ve been hard at work in our effort to bring you more features and products that will make your life as a commercial real estate broker much easier.

4 Big Trends That Will Shape CRE: A Futurist’s Guide

Blog - Commercial Property Executive

Volvo’s surprise announcement that it will phase out the internal combustion engine by 2019 should be a wake-up call across industries that disruptive technology is already impacting short-term business planning. Anticipating how the economy and human behavior will be reshaped in the years ahead is an important exercise that should inform business leaders’ decisions and help position their businesses to more readily adapt to the future.  

AI in Building Management: Here Come the Smart Buildings

Blog - Colliers Knowledge Leader

Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on one square inch of integrated circuit will double every year. Recently, I thought of this 1965 observation by Gordon Moore about the exponential speed of technology advancement when considering the root of several developments in the real estate industry. Everything from phone-home dumpsters to app-based working is the result of exponential digital growth.

Autonomous Cars Will Be Synonymous with Arizona

Blog - Cushman & Wakefield

Uber and Google self-driving cars are taking over Tempe, but don’t be surprised when Arizona becomes the testing ground for autonomous cars and possibly trucks. But why Arizona, why not rivals San Francisco who is known for tech or Pittsburgh who is leading the charge in robotics or Detroit the heart of automotive manufacturing? The answer… decreased regulations, great weather, grid system roadways and affordability; this is what sets Arizona a part from the rest.

Bitcoin server hacked: what that means for the future of Blockchain in CRE

Buildout- Blog

We’ve talked before about the virtual currency bitcoin and blockchain, the distributed ledger on which bitcoin transactions are managed. These technologies matter for you because many CRE professionals view blockchain as a future platform for title management, smart contracts and secure transactions.

Build or Buy? Construction Tech Vs. Real Estate Tech Startup Deal Activity

Blog - CB Insights

As two interrelated and under-digitized industries, real estate tech and construction tech have both seen unprecedented levels of deal and funding activity in recent years as startups apply new technologies to formerly “pen and pencil” sectors.

Etsy's Painful Lesson: It's a Retailer, Not a Tech Startup

News - Wall Street Journal

Two years after its much-hyped IPO, Etsy Inc. finds itself in a predicament familiar to the rest of the retail industry: sales are slowing and investors are frustrated. The online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, which calls itself a “sophisticated technology platform” and says it treats “code as craft,” is now under pressure to stop spending like a tech startup and start acting like a retailer.

It's not Zillow that Redfin's gunning for

News - The Real Deal

The CEO of Redfin, which made its Wall Street debut last week, says its biggest rival isn’t real estate tech giant Zillow. “It’s Century 21, it’s RE/MAX, it’s Keller Williams, it’s these established brokerages that have been around for a long time,” Glenn Kelman told Bloomberg. “It’s going to be a tough fight, but we’re in it for the long haul.”

More media companies are fleeing Midtown for techy downtown digs

News - New York Post

There are many reasons for tenants, especially in the TAMI (technology, advertising, media and information) sector, to head to the FiDi/World Trade Center area — among them, lower rents and proximity to young creative types who live in the area and in nearby Brooklyn and New Jersey.

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg readies to ‘embrace disruption' on his first day

News - Inman

Today is Bob Goldberg's first day as CEO of the National Association of Realtors, and he wants the trade group's 1.2 million members to know his tenure is not going to mean business as usual. In public statements so far, as well as a video published today, both NAR and Goldberg seem acutely aware of the skepticism among some in the real estate industry that Goldberg's selection as CEO could mean maintaining the status quo, continuing the trade group's reputation in some quarters of being slow-moving, stodgy and resistant to technological innovation.

Podcast #145 Riggs Kubiak CEO Honest Buildings.

Blog - Duke Long

Why does Honest Building exist? To accelerate urban progress by empowering collaborative, data-driven decision making, project by project, building by building, city by city. What is it that Honest Buildings brings to the commercial real estate world? It’s more than an intuitive, cloud-based technology – it’s a paperless system of record built specifically for, and in partnership with, today’s most innovative real estate owners, project managers, and operators.

Driven By AI, Funding To In-Store Tech Startups Spikes

Blog - CB Insights

At the current investment rate, startups providing tech to optimize brick-and-mortar retail could raise over $1B in 2017.

PointGrab and Mapiq Partner to Provide Smart Building Tools to Help Organizations Work Smarter

News - Business Wire

PointGrab, developer of the CogniPointTM human-activity sensing platform, today announced a partnership with Mapiq, which creates connections between people and buildings to provide flexible workplaces. By integrating CogniPoint with Mapiq’s space management and utilization software the companies will deliver real-time building intelligence that allows organizations to work smarter and more efficiently.