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Yet another MIPIM is over. Thank you for the interesting discussions about real estate and proptech's new twists and turns – and of course huge thanks for the organisers for making it all happen! You might have heard my thoughts and comments from the casting videos I made at MIPIM – but to wrap it all up, here's my small recap of what went down in Cannes this year. Probably many participants noticed during the first days that technology has noticeably matured: more day-to-day activities take place and substantial companies like Schneider and Siemens are entering the industry. MIPIM Innovation Forum proved that real estate is now more or less about energy savings, smart buildings and IoT. Even though they were emphasized at the event, I still think they're not really on top of the game for the time being. I think everyone has heard about this and is probably talking about it – blockchain. The subject we all know, was of course highly discussed at MIPIM. There's no doubt that it will have a major impact on the development of real estate and property technology industries. One thing that really surprised me at MIPIM PropTech startup competition was the fact that…
If you are aware of cryptocurrency, then there are chances of coming across a term called 'Bitcoin mining'. And why not, this term is associated with the Bitcoin digital currency. Your knowledge about Bitcoin is incomplete if you are not aware of Bitcoin mining. So one needs to brush up his knowledge about this term. Well, in short, this concept involves more like solving a mathematical equation. Now if it has made you wonder about how mathematics is connected to Bitcoin mining, then better find the answer by reading the blog thoroughly.   Knowing Bitcoin Mining   If you own Bitcoin, then you must know that Bitcoin mining is the backbone behind it. It is performed by high-tech computers that solve complicated numerical or mathematical problems. All the hard work and luck required by the computer in solving the tough problem is like a miner digging gold from sand. Apart from computers, there are miners too, who perform the task for securing the network and processing the Bitcoin transactions. The task is achieved when miners solve the computational problem. After completion of the task, miners get the reward of transaction fees and newly created Bitcoins.   To ensure security and…
CREtech Returns to San Francisco for its 5th year and continues strong growth New York, NY (June 22, 2017) - Nearly 500 commercial real estate professionals were on hand at the CREtech (cretech.com) July 21st event held at Bespoke, in the epicenter of downtown San Francisco. As CREtech's second largest annual event, this remains the premier West Coast event for the commercial real estate tech sector with professionals attending from across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. Commercial real estate owners, developers, brokers, property managers, tenants, professionals in the construction, engineering, banking, startups, VC's and more attended. The after party was held at WeWork Embarcadero Center. "Our events keep scaling and the feedback keeps getting better and that is largely due to the quality of our speakers and the leading-edge startups that are on hand," stated Michael Beckerman, CEO, CREtech. "And CREtech San Francisco raised the bar big time! It was without a doubt one of the best events I have ever attended. The caliber of the speakers, the energy, the networking and the innovation on display were truly inspiring. Thanks to all those who attended and all those that are supporting this CREtech movement!" Beckerman concluded.…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         CAPITAL ENGINE LAUNCHES SAAS SOLUTION FOR CAPITAL MARKETS AND PRIVATE EXCHANGE PLATFORMS New York, NY. October 31, 2018 - Capital Engine™ a financial technology company moving Real Estate and Alternative Investments to the digital world, launched their customized SaaS solution to power white label Capital Markets and Private Exchange platforms. The SaaS solution, tailored for global business & regulatory needs, provides investment professionals and advisors with a secure, interactive environment to connect and exchange information about deals – from online syndication to debt and equity marketplaces. "Securities deregulation, banking disintermediation and innovative capital raising software like Capital Engine™ are leveling the playing field by giving more people online access to the USD10 Trillion alternative investment market," said Bryan Smith, Founder and CEO. "Our business model focuses on strategic partnerships with industry experts, in setting up online marketplaces and branded platforms using our software," he added. Smith has extensive global experience in the financial technology sector and in commercial real estate, as CEO of a public REIT. Capital Engine™ is raising seed capital for additional product development, build-out of our capital markets blockchain technology and staffing product and sales teams. Funds will also be used for the proposed acquisition of a…
 Altus Group Report Reveals Rapid Acceleration of PropTech Adoption and Rise of Disintermediation as Major Trends Impacting the Commercial Real Estate Industry in 2019  Automation, use of AI and disintermediating business models having major impact on CRE industry; growing number of CRE firms are directly investing in PropTech companies  TORONTO (January 22, 2019) – Altus Group Limited ("Altus Group") (TSX: AIF), a leading provider of software, data solutions and independent advisory services to the global commercial real estate ("CRE") industry, today released the latest Altus Group CRE Innovation Report. The report provides an outlook on technology trends impacting the global CRE industry and highlights the significant acceleration in adoption of property technology ("PropTech"), the effect of disintermediating technologies, as well as a growing trend of CRE firms investing directly in PropTech companies and startups themselves.  According to the report, which is based on a global survey of 400 CRE executives at firms with assets under management ("AUM") of at least US $250 million representing a total AUM of over US $2 trillion, driving efficiency through automation is a key priority for CRE executives, and the use of AI and machine learning is approaching a critical mass. CRE firms are automating…
Your Problem: Your a CIO that is having a difficult time separating the hype around blockchain technologies and the reality. He/she has been keeping 1 eye on this technology, but not fully sure exactly how it works, what problems it can solve for you, or even simply the best way to start using this technology for the enterprise.   Maurice Kenny's Solution: Maurice Kenny will help your CIO remove the hype behind Blockchain Technologies by identifying real world use cases that solve actual business problems for your company.  
REINNO tokenized REI Capital Growth - a commercial real estate fund worth $105 million. Security tokens created will be offered to investors globally. Real estate tokenization industry is having a great start this year, as more properties are moving to Ethereum blockchain. REINNO announced successful tokenization of REI Capital Growth - a fund operated by REI. The Offering REI Capital Growth (REICG) uses tokenization to offer a new model for investing in U.S. commercial real estate to international buyers. It is designed as a two-tiered security token offering (STO) with $40 million in equity and $65 million in debt. REICG security tokens are digital financial securities, backed by the tangible, cash-flowing, U.S. commercial real estate, fully compliant with KYC/AML requirements, and all SEC regulations. These tokens can be sold on secondary markets at the end of the holding period (40 days for debt and one year for equity). "I have been in the real estate business for over 36 years. It is exciting to see the industry evolve and use innovative technologies, such as blockchain, to create new opportunities," said Alan Blair, the managing principal of REI - a real estate investment, advisory, brokerage and management company. "Tokenization allows us to reach…
There's a lot of talk about the 4th industrial revolution and how we are moving towards the fusion of technology and people. It seems like everyone is talking about robotics, artificial intelligence, the blockchain, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles. A quick Google of "Real Estate technology" reveals that, far from being a laggard, as it is often presented, the Real Estate industry is enthusiastically adopting technology to improve how it works. You only need to look at the activity in the PropTech space, and how this is updating the way our industry does things, to realize the opportunity that already exists. However, with all the buzz it's easy to get overwhelmed, so I'd like to focus on a single thing you can do today: save money through process automation. And specifically, through robotic process automation (RPA) delivered on an as a service basis: the Robots as a Service. Staffing costs -- both salary and other ancillary costs -- form a huge part of a company's monthly operational costs. But unfortunately, companies often don't get the maximum value out of all their employees. A recent YouGov survey showed that more than nine out…
At the CRETech Conference last week, Brad Griewe of Fifth Wall Ventures and Josh Stein of Harbor discussed the three main values of a fractional ownership of real estate as being: Liquidation Premium Opportunity for Foreign Investment in US Real Estate Real Estate As The Best Way to Generate Wealth While the three items can provide value to existing real estate owners, the tokenization of real estate is bad for retail investors and makes real estate even less accessible for wealth generation. Liquidation Premium The liquidation of an asset from a private asset to a public asset is a one-time event. Once it is public, the shares of the asset have already had the price of the liquidation premium priced in. Similar to a stock IPO, once the stock is public, a retail investor does not gain any advantage in value from the liquidation premium. Additionally, private investors would need to compete with public investors to acquire real estate assets. This opposition will make it harder for private investors to purchase properties because, while they plan to keep the asset private, public investors plan to generate value by liquidating the property. Opportunity for Foreign Investment in US Real Estate Much…
AnySizeDeals recently announced venture capitalist and billionaire Tim Draper will speak at the upcoming 2018 #InnovateCRE conference in New York. The conference, which will be held on September 12, focuses on the convergence of real estate and technology.  Draper will share his insights on Blockchain and Crytocurrencies, Startup Investing and his "Cal 3" initiative to separate California into three states. Draper has invested in numerous companies including Redfin, Tesla, SpaceX, Skype and Coinbase. Continue reading here