MICHAEL BECKERMAN

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The Power and Potential of Augmented Reality to Transform CRE

Space as a Service to Catalyze Visualization Advances The visualization side of commercial real estate has remained stagnant for decades and any solutions for “space tours” never scaled. I have long been interested in understanding what has stopped CRE from embracing a head-to-toe reimagining of the property tour. It comes down to timing. Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology long on hype and short on results—for now. Despite undelivered promises since the 90s in sectors far beyond real estate, AR is early innings and technology is more promising than ever. Today’s tech titans— Facebook, Apple, and Google—have massively invested in augmented reality, providing a wealth...

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  • Rethinking Brokerage in the Tech Era

    12/4/18

    How will technology impact commercial brokerage now? Let’s talk about tech’s ultimate impact on the commercial brokerage sector. The first dialogue in this sector centered on how tech would replace the broker—42Floors was meant to upend commercial real estate. I knew it would never happen. Brokers were, and are, too entrenched. These decisions are simply...Read more

  • The Most Significant Change To The Office Sector I Have Seen In My 30 Year Career

    11/29/18

    Space as a Service Headwinds Grow Stronger by the Day A long, long time ago... For as long as I can remember, the commercial real estate industry had five core pillars: office, retail, industrial, multifamily, and hospitality. As decades passed, each subsector of the real estate industry saw few significant changes. This stagnation was especially...Read more

  • Sax LLP Knows What They Are Talking About When It Comes To Security and Protection

    11/27/18

    Insecurities About Security. Guilty as charged, I admit I do shit about protecting myself from viruses and theft as it relates to my digital life. I know I am not alone, and most companies are as guilty in exposing themselves to cyber vulnerabilities as their professionals. As more and more cyber thefts occur, it seems...Read more

  • Keep An Eye On RET Ventures

    11/16/18

    John Helm is a good friend of mine. If you have met him, you can understand why (with all due respect to John) you might not have heard of him. He is humble, low key, and modest. But don’t let that calm and understated exterior fool you. John is wicked smart, incredibly connected in the...Read more

  • Bubble

    11/1/18

    Bubble? One of the questions I get asked a lot, and I mean, a lot, is whether we are in the midst of a “bubble” in CREtech. I think it’s actually a good question. If you read all of the headlines about the incredible pace of investing in the sector, the proliferation of the amount...Read more

  • Help wanted.

    10/25/18

    Having been in commercial real estate for almost thirty years, I know a lot of people in this industry. A lot. One of the things I have always done is to try and help people find jobs within the sector. Yes, it’s just good to help people in general, but it’s also good business to...Read more

  • CREtech Q&A with Patricia Nakache, general partner, Trinity Ventures

    10/23/18

    What is your background? I’ve been a venture capitalist since 1999 when I joined Trinity Ventures. Almost immediately, I became engaged in our investment in LoopNet and since then my partner Noel Fenton and I have helped build our real estate tech practice. We have a portfolio of active and exited companies that span across...Read more

  • The Investors - Part 2

    10/16/18

    Here is the second part of my new Vlog on investors, with Jeffrey Berman, General Partner, Camber Creek; David Goldberg, General Partner, Corigin Ventures; Ed Walters, General Partner, Tamarisc Ventures; and Andrew Ackerman, Managing Director, DreamIt Ventures to discuss top trends and investment strategies in CREtech. I hope you enjoy it! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fz7I3GTV-M&feature=youtu.be[/embed]Read more

  • The Investors Vlog - Part 1

    10/16/18

    For my new Vlog on investors, I sat down with Jeffrey Berman, General Partner, Camber Creek; David Goldberg, General Partner, Corigin Ventures; Ed Walters, General Partner, Tamarisc Ventures; and Andrew Ackerman, Managing Director, DreamIt Ventures to discuss top trends and investment strategies in CREtech. I hope you enjoy it! [embed]https://youtu.be/gy8v8kFAFqI[/embed]Read more