It’s impossible to not to like Michael Griffin!!! He was one of the first people I met in the sector and has remained a good a friend since. He attends and supports ALL of our events at CREtech.com. He’s the guy in the front row listening, taking notes, continually learning and studying. And if there is a more networked guy in the industry I haven’t met him!
I have known Michael Mandel since I entered the commercial real estate tech space with my first site, The New Funnel. Probably around 2011(ish). It was obvious from the get-go that Michael was going to be successful. He was smart, came from brokerage and had a big friggin idea…bring transparency to the lease comp side of the business. In Michael’s mind, everything should be open and transparent and NOT behind walls or left to one company to control everyone's data. And clearly, he has accomplished his goals and so much more.
Few startups have been as successful as Buildout, THE end to end marketing, listing and property information site. I am a huge fan of theirs and their CEO, Vishu Ramanathan. And obviously I am not alone. Just check out who is using the site…Cushman and Wakefield, SVN International, Avison and Young, Colliers, Coldwell Banker Commercial and virtually every leading brokerage firm in the industry. Why? Because they understand the broker marketing process as well as anyone in the industry. Just ask TCN Worldwide how they view Buildout…
NYC-based, Mark Smukler and Alex Ohebshalom are exactly the type of young entrepreneurs we need to be attracting to the commercial real estate tech space. As I wrote recently in my Q and A with Diane Danielson of SVN International, attracting young people to the commercial real estate industry is paramount to the health and viability of the industry, but the same holds true for the tech sector as well. If anything, attracting the likes of Mark and Alex is perhaps even more important as I believe that the future of the commercial real estate lies in embracing tech. These guys are the real deal. They have the drive, hunger, passion and ideas to build something truly spectacular.
I recently caught up with Poonam at our SF event this Spring and was so pleased to see how StealthForce continues to grow and evolve. StealthForce is the gig economy of real estate. They deploy an army of industry veterans, from junior through C-level, both moonlighting and employed, for project-based consulting on demand, and the company earns a portion of each engagement.
Talk about high energy and passion, my man Turner exudes this and more! I had the great pleasure of meeting him at our SF event and was really impressed. Tuner and his team are focused on the commission accounting side of the residential and commercial business.
One of the really cool things about my job is all of the new people and companies I get to meet in the CRE tech space. Literally everyday. And one particular company recently caught my eye.. Abhinav Somani, Managing Director of North America for LEVERTON
Another one of these hugely successful real estate tech companies I never heard of that are doing killer business under the radar screen. I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth at RealComm in San Diego.
Recently caught up with my good friend Jeff Finn at RealNex. I have known Jeff for many years and always been really impressed by his ability to really understand where markets are headed and to build products and solutions to meet market needs.
The journey from one of the world's leading poker players to a successful career on Wall Street and now to VR/AR robots is one of the more interesting I have personally encountered. And that's the story of Bryan Colin, the founder/CEO of VirtualAPT.
Susie is a quintessential entrepreneur. Risk taker. Company builder. Visionary. Her background has always been in tech. She was part of the founding team at WhitePages.com, a company focused on building global digital identity data, serving 55M monthly consumers as well as Fortune 100 companies.
WOW! Real Capital Markets (RCM) is the real deal! It’s one of those companies I didn’t really know well, and I should have. They are doing big business with over 300,000 customers to date who have used the platform to generate over $1.8 trillion in transactions on line. Yes, that’s a TRILLION!!! And according to stats I saw, over 50% of all U.S. commercial assets sold, over $10 million, are brought to market using Real Capital Markets’ online marketplace annually.
Keith has been in the commercial real estate industry his whole life. He grew up in the industry through his family’s business and then started investing while in college and has been active ever since. He started his real estate journey in 2000 in the brokerage, property management and development sectors, as well as a being a tenant – he has basically touched all aspects in the CRE process! Not many people can say that they that kind of in depth knowledge and experience in the entire process which also give Keith a unique view on the industry.
Connected recently with Inayat, a very successful software developer, who has built a really smart deal tracking tool for investment sales and leasing professionals. Dealius.com is a one stop shop for brokers to monitor all of their deals in their pipeline and collaborate and communicate with their internal teams.
Courtesy of my friend Mark Kennedy, I had the pleasure of connecting with Elizabeth who has a really smart new technology called CoWorkr. The site grew out of her passion for sustainability and smart design. CoWorkr's core product uses bluetooth sensors to collect data on workplace activity and help companies assess the efficiency of their real-estate portfolio.
It's amazing how much innovation is taking place in the CRE tech sector. Not just in the U.S. but increasingly internationally. At CRE // Tech, while the bulk of our operation is in the States, we do keep our eye on and track prop tech around the world.
I can’t believe it took me this long to connect with one of the most important people in real estate tech…Steve Weikal! As head of Industry and Alumni Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate, Steve and his team are on the leading edge of all things tech in the real estate sector.