MICHAEL BECKERMAN

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“57 channels and nothing on.”

 “57 channels and nothing on.” - Bruce Springsteen I am losing my f-in mind!!! What I used to hear in my head was “Bruuuuuuuuuce” and it has officially been replaced by “Zooooooom”. Just because someone can appear on a webinar or video doesn’t mean they should. Sorry. That sounds shitty and very judgmental I know. But as someone who has been in the content business for 35 years, I think I have a good handle on what good content is and what is crap. Everyone is talking Covid-19. And everyone is talking “back to work”.  And everyone is doing a Zoom webinar or posting videos on-line....

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  • The Biggest Threat (And Opportunity) Facing The Commercial Real Estate Industry…

    5/15/20

    Big tech! One of the most extraordinary outcomes we are witnessing (or shall I say being bombarded with) on a daily basis is how “work” as we know it is now being challenged during the pandemic. Not a day goes by where I am not inundated with content from companies doing surveys, studies, making suggestions...Read more

  • CRETech/PropTech RIP Part 3

    4/27/20

    The most important advice I can give a startup today... Drop the terms “Proptech Startup” from your vocabulary! Of course, given the state of the economy, dry funding climate and the challenges that the real estate industry is confronting, every startup in our industry needs to manage their business in survival mode first and foremost....Read more

  • CRETech/PropTech RIP (Part 2)

    4/10/20

    Don't worry, CREtech isn’t going anywhere nor is our industry 🙂 In fact, I have no doubt that my company and our industry as a whole will emerge from this pandemic stronger, wiser and positioned for an entirely new era of innovation in the real estate industry. Thanks to everyone who commented and gave me...Read more

  • How Can CREtech Do More To Help During the Pandemic? We Want To Hear From You...

    4/2/20

    “Community.” When I set out to build CREtech, I did so with one goal in mind… to build the largest community of real estate tech professionals and enthusiasts in the world. Through hard work and with the help of an extremely talented team, we accomplished that goal. But for me personally, it was really never...Read more

  • CRETech/PropTech 2.0

    3/27/20

    In my lifetime (55 years), I have never seen anything like these times we are living in today. And trust me, I have seen A LOT! The fear, both real and imagined, the threat to people's lives especially those most vulnerable, the social upheaval, the almost certain devastating economic toll has collectively simply taken my...Read more

  • Convene Furloughs More Than 400 Employees After Closing All Its Locations

    3/25/20

    After announcing plans to lay off a fifth of its workforce because of the coronavirus crisis, flexible workspace provider Convene is readying to furlough hundreds more. The company told 421 people this week that they would be furloughed starting March 30, Bisnow has learned.Read more

  • The coming M&A storm to dominate CRE

    2/11/20

    The tide has been slowly shifting toward mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in real estate tech, and this year a tidal wave will hit. A staggering 7,000 startups have received funding over the past five to six years and money invested in the sector doubled year over year, reaching $35 Billion in 2019. This frenzy of...Read more

  • Pushing New Boundaries… Personally and Professionally

    1/8/20

    “Infinite learner” is a concept that has always driven me. This philosophy helped to consistently push me outside of my own comfort zone into new territories. It has provided me with a lifetime of growth opportunities, both personally and professionally. And it has served me incredibly well  as I have traveled further than I ever...Read more

  • The Next Wave of Built-World Tech Advancement

    11/12/19

    The commercial real estate industry is changing rapidly. Demographic trends, emerging technology, and innovation have already dramatically augmented aspects of CRE that had seemed once seemed inexorably fixed. To provide a never before seen look at venture capital activity in the proptech sector, we joined forces with EY, a Global Leader in assurance, tax, transaction...Read more

  • “Trying-On” a Trillion Dollar Retail Solution

    10/24/19

    Some numbers are so big they boggle the mind. Million? That’s a lot. Billion? One could name some billionaires, though scarcely conceive of the monetary reality. Trillion? It sounds like a fake number to most—an inconceivable amount of anything, let alone money. Retail’s latest puzzle is about a trillion U.S, dollars, and according to CEO...Read more