• 6 Best Tech Upgrades for the Smart Office

    CREtech Blog 7/18/18

    Skip the paint job: make over your office space with smart technology. The latest tools add security, energy efficiency, and comfort to any workplace. Impress your employees and your clients with these upgrades. #1. Smart thermostats Stop covering the thermostat with locking plastic covers. Smart thermostats automate temperature controls based...Read more

  • Latch deal with UPS opens new doors for home deliveries

    CRAIN'S 7/18/18

    Latch, a Manhattan-based startup that builds app-based locking systems, has struck a deal with UPS that lets apartment dwellers who don't have a doorman receive deliveries when they're not home. UPS drivers can now unlock Latch-enabled doors using a trackable, dedicated "credential" or code on their handheld device and leave...Read more

  • Wall Street-Backed Blockchain Company Weighs IPO, Sale

    BLOOMBERG 7/18/18

    R3, a blockchain-software company that works with more than 200 heavyweights such as Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., US Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co., is considering going public, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is speaking with advisers about a initial public offering, although no final decisions...Read more

  • StreetEasy launches new “My Agent” feature — with notable disclosures

    THE REAL DEAL 7/18/18

    StreetEasy is letting Premier Agents in New York City double down on the lucrative advertising program. The Zillow-owned portal is rolling out “My Agent,” an optional feature that lets buyers continue working with agents they’ve already contacted on StreetEasy. Specifically, Premier Agents who spend a certain amount of money advertising...Read more

  • Amazon Foes Walmart and Microsoft Deepen Tech Partnership


    Walmart Inc. WMT +0.78% agreed to use Microsoft Corp.’sMSFT +1.34% cloud technology to power functions that could include algorithms for purchasing and sales-data sharing with vendors, the two companies said, deepening a partnership between two of Inc.’s AMZN +1.31% most powerful rivals. The five-year deal, announced Tuesday, pairs Amazon’s...Read more

  • Yes, open office plans are the worst

    TECHCRUNCH 7/18/18

    If you’re endlessly distracted by your co-workers in the gaping open office space you all share, you’re not alone. Compared to traditional office spaces, face-to-face interaction in open office spaces is down 70 percent with resulting slips in productivity, according to Harvard researchers in a new study published in Philosophical Transactions...Read more

  • General Atlantic Invests $250 Million in Lending Startup Greensill


    Private-equity firm General Atlantic has made a minority investment in U.K. lending startup Greensill Capital, continuing its strategy of placing bets on companies that use technology to try to disrupt the traditional financial system. The New York private-equity firm is investing $250 million, valuing Greensill at $1.64 billion, the two...Read more

  • Redfin seeks to raise up to $239M in new debt and stock offering

    GEEK WIRE 7/18/18

    Redfin is looking to raise up to $239 million through a combination of debt and stock offerings, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Monday. In the filing, the company didn’t go into great detail on why it is seeking the cash infusion and said management...Read more