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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 breath away. Thankfully, I have a wonderful and healthy family to be grateful for and my own meditation practice to rely on, which has been tested lately like never before :). But I also have a job to do. A company to lead through these uncharted times. Jobs to protect...


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


    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


    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


    “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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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