• I’ve been polluting the planet for years. I’m not an oil exec—I’m an architect

    FASTCOMPANY 1/21/20

    For the past eight years, I’ve spent every day of my professional life enabling an industry that is responsible for nearly 40% of global climate emissions. I don’t work for an oil or gas company. I don’t work for an airline. I’m an architect. The environmental impacts of the built... Read more

  • Proptech Startup RealVantage Launches Co-Investment Platform


    RealVantage, Singapore’s first online real estate co-investment platform that acquires, manages, and optimises offshore real estate portfolios for accredited investors, founded by a team with institutional investment experience, launched on Jan 16. RealVantage brings accredited investors offshore investment opportunities across various real estate classes and investment strategies. By launching this... Read more

  • Fifth Wall launches $200m carbon fund in ‘pitchfork moment’

    EGI 1/21/20

    That is Brendan Wallace’s reasoning behind the launch this week of Fifth Wall’s $200m (£153m) Carbon Impact Fund. Speaking to EG, Fifth Wall’s co-founder and managing partner warns that 2020 will be the year everyone realises that, above all else, climate change is “a real estate problem” as he urges the... Read more

  • Real estate enters the data age


    Proptech is the big buzzword in real estate and for good reason: It’s disrupting just about every aspect of the industry and interest is at a fever pitch. Global investment in proptech companies has grown from US$1B in 2012 to US$18B in 2018, according to the latest numbers by Statista.... Read more

  • 2020 vision: predictions for the year ahead (part 10)

    PROPERTYWEEK 1/21/20

    I hope that 2020 is the year that our industry can get a handle on all the elements of ESG as more than buzzwords and actually embed them into business strategies. I still see too many organisations viewing sustainability and social impact as discretionary or ‘soft’ when actually, as shown by... Read more

  • Simon, Brookfield Partner With Allied Esports To Ramp Up Their Experiential Retail

    BISNOW 1/21/20

    Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners have struck separate deals with Allied Esports Entertainment, an esports company, as part of a plan to open new-concept Allied Esports venues at both Simon and Brookfield retail properties. The first of the new venues will open at Simon Property's Mall of Georgia in Buford, Georgia,... Read more

  • Co-Living Grows Up

    NYTIMES 1/21/20

    New Yorkers have long shared apartments in order to afford the city’s famously high rents. This, of course, often entails hunting down an apartment with a real estate agent — and paying a broker’s fee, plus a hefty deposit — then furnishing the place, lining up roommates and getting electricity... Read more

  • Another women-led venture firm gains momentum, with Uber exec Rachel Holt as co-founder

    TECHCRUNCH 1/21/20

    Last November, Axios reported that New Enterprise Associates partner Dayna Grayson was leaving the storied venture firm after roughly six years to launch her own shop in Washington, D.C., called Construct Capital. Today, we know Grayson has company, no pun intended. Rachel Holt, one of Uber’s first employees and until now... Read more

  • SA proptech Flow set to close new funding round at end of month, says CEO

    VENTUREBURN 1/17/20

    Proptech startup Flow, which last year raised R20-million in a seed round, is set to close a second seed round at the end of this month, the Johannesburg based company’s CEO Gil Sperling revealed today. Sperling (pictured above, middle, with co-founders Daniel Levy, right and Jonathan Liebmann, left) confirmed in a... Read more

  • CREtech Weekly PropTech Venture Capital Funding Recap

    CREtech Blog 1/17/20

    This week witnessed several relatively large deals in real estate tech venture capital. Most of this week’s capital went to companies that focus on lease process management, home improvement, parking management and smart key solutions. Porch, Seattle-based provider of a home improvement marketplace, raised $21 million as part of a... Read more