What we're reading THIS WEEK
Our weekly #CREtech picks of trending headlines, handpicked by our CEO, Michael Beckerman
Press Release - Business Wire
Waltz, Inc., an innovative new technology company that provides a fast, smartphone-based way to access secure spaces and pay transit fares, today announced Jay Walder, CEO of Motivate, and Konrad R. Kruger, a co-founder of Five Mile Capital Partners, joined its board of directors.
Press Release - CompStak
CompStak, the leader in commercial real estate information, is pleased to announce today a new strategic partnership with Moody’s Analytics, a leading global provider of risk management solutions.
Press Release - Notarize
We’re thrilled to announce that Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) (the largest trade association in America), has made a strategic investment in Notarize. This follows our participation in the REach Accelerator program. REach reviews hundreds of companies every year and 40 companies have participated in the REach program over the past 5 years, but we’re honored to be 1 of only 13 investments that NAR has ever made through its venture fund, Second Century Ventures.
Blog - Duke Long
Oh, the things they do. Want a fascinating take on the legal side of brokerage? Would you even attempt to cross the line? How do you know when and if you are? What if it’s happening today? You might be surprised. All this and so much more.
Press Release - CRE // Tech
CRE // Tech announced today that the 2017 CRE // Tech Mid-Year Report is now available for free download. This bi-annual report is considered one of the most important analysis of the commercial real estate tech sector and provides a detailed analysis of the sector’s overall trends as well as includes a comprehensive listing of the industry’s leading startups.
Blog - Neuerspace
From the time I was a kid until my mid-30’s, I was a big fan of Sports Illustrated. It would arrive every week and I would typically read it from cover to cover. There were a few special issues throughout the year that peaked my interest, but nothing more than Sportsperson of the Year. It would include a huge feature on the person that they chose every year that impacted sports in a positive way. The issue would also provide a year-end perspective on sports, allowing you to look back on everything that happened in the past 12 months.
News - Curbed
Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, announced during a press conference this afternoon that it will be working to develop a new high-tech urban district on Toronto’s waterfront, planting a flag in Canada’s largest city, a move that’s been expected for weeks.
Blog - Dreamit
Building Information Modeling, known in the industry as BIM, first emerged around 2002 and has rapidly increased openness and collaboration in the construction industry. BIM is a catch-all term for a range of software that allows multiple parties to access digital representations of projects’ physical and functional characteristics.
Blog - SIOR Pulse Blog
I know a lot of readers will roll their eyes at the title of this article, but if you’ve got this far, hey you are still reading! First, let me clear up a few common misconceptions about Blockchain – Blockchain is not Bitcoin. Blockchain is not something used by nefarious underworld characters, at least no more so than the web and internet are.
News - The Wall Street Journal
Amazon.com Inc. is taking over the package rooms of some of the country’s largest apartment landlords, in a move that could help consolidate its control over how goods make it from the warehouse floor to the front door.
Blog - The Balance Sheet by Yardi
The six-member panel described the current real estate technology paradigm that considers tenants, guests, employees and shoppers as interrelated elements of a user experience. As a result, property owners and managers aim to deliver a high-value experience by using new property management software systems that can capture and apply data inclusive of all occupant touchpoints, from reservations to parking to the building environment.
Blog - Real Estate Tech News
The Planned Grocery® site is a data mapping platform which tracks grocery store real estate developments through the development cycle all across the United States.
Blog - Real Estate Tech News
Before you start investing in debt in any capacity, it is important that you understand how loan default consequences unfold for investors and debtors alike. Defaults are rare, but they do occur, and you should have a plan for recovering your investment if they should happen.
Real Estate Tech News - Blog
InsideMaps, a leading provider of 3D Tours and floor plans for real estate, is announcing InsideMaps Video Walkthroughs. InsideMaps Video Walkthroughs are fast, stable, perfectly lit and under $100. They give home buyers a quick sense of the home’s features and layout.
News - San Francisco Business Times
With a star-studded roster of technology clients, San Francisco-based Custom Spaces sold itself to CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE:CBG), the Los Angeles commercial real estate behemoth. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
News - Crain's New York Business
The past decade has been a good one for New York City’s tech sector, according to a new report. Altogether, the technology ecosystem has added 76,000 jobs since 2006, for a total of 326,000 and a gain of 30%, the report found. The city’s overall job growth during the same period was 16%.
City Lab - Blog
Dynamic entrepreneurial companies have long been the drivers of America’s economic growth, and innovators like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Steve Jobs held up as heroes. But today, high-tech companies are increasingly cast as villains. Uber was recently thrown out of London; Airbnb has been criticized for taking housing off the market and driving up rents; and Google, Amazon, and Facebook are described by many as monopolies.
News - Inman
Opendoor, a three-year-old San Francisco startup that uses technology to quickly buy and resell homes, reports that it's reached a $1.3 billion annual purchase rate, which rounds out monthly home purchases at about $100 million. "It really shows that this new behavior of selling your home online is more mainstream than it seemed," Opendoor CEO Eric Wu told Axios.