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The coming M&A storm to dominate CRE

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 interest, however, has not been met with a similar flurry of Proptech adoption. Real estate dramatically lags behind other industries in embracing tech and innovation—“companies reinvest less than 1% of revenue into research and development while other industries typically invest between 3% and 8% of revenue in building new tech-driven...

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  • 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

  • Reimagining the Retail User Experience

    8/22/19

    In the old days of retail—the era of Don Drapers marketing to consumers from Madison Avenue—the go-to formula for retail success was simple: Build a great product, then sell the hell out of it by any means possible. “Any means possible,” however, actually just meant leveraging the few key channels available to marketers back then. ...Read more

  • CRE ‘Burbs’ are Alive and Well

    7/30/19

    So much of the hubbub in commercial real estate right now centers on “smart cities”—we’ve tracked the trend as much as anyone—but the truth likely lies closer to home. The fact is, suburbs across the country are positively humming with CRE activity, and they always have been. Wealth and activity have always flocked to the...Read more

  • Coworking/Co-Retail Combo is the Future of Retail

    7/11/19

    Amazon is an easy scapegoat for the ever-changing world of retail. Cities, brokers, and retailers are inclined to point fingers at Amazon for their every problem, but this type of blanket blame overlooks many of the significant trends shaping the future of retail. And sure, Amazon likely acted as a catalyst for many key aspects...Read more

  • Millennials are redefining work as we know it

    6/13/19

    Read the tech papers for most any industry these days and headlines announce the dawn of a new era for that industry. The millennials are coming and they’re upending everything. Hyperbole? Not really. Millennials—and their younger Generation Z counterparts—are entering the workforce in droves. As these workplace demographics change, the priorities of the rising generations...Read more

  • Q&A with Ben Liao, Managing Director of the Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars

    5/24/19

    Ben Liao is one of the most impressive and important people in the CREtech ecosystem. His leadership at Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars is making a profound impact on our industry and I am proud to call him a friend and have him as part of our Leadership Board at CREtech.com. I caught up with Ben...Read more

  • Pay Attention: Co-Living Will Not Disappear into the Night

    5/14/19

    Commercial real estate has an entirely new asset class to contend with: coliving. When my peers and I first heard talk of coliving, most of us sneered.“Only millennials could live like that!,” we thought. Coliving would, like the ill-fated Webvan, become nothing more than an industry footnote. Both ideas didn’t make sense to many of...Read more

  • The Blank Slate Groundswell in CRE

    4/16/19

    When I step back and think about where we are in CREtech, I’m continually inspired by the extraordinary passion of entrepreneurs working and fighting to bring innovation to market. With few outside forces mandating a tech revolution, the sector historically eschewed the changes it would take for tech to dramatically alter CRE. That is no...Read more