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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 become the force shaping commercial real estate processes to fit a new mold. As millennials redefine the purpose of space in both office and multi-family, age old practices simply won’t cut it anymore. The millennial approach to work has shifted expectations for what an office space should deliver. According to...

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  • 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 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 recently to get...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

  • Who will drive the ultimate tech revolution in CRE?

    3/14/19

    Let’s talk big picture on the current and future state of the CREtech landscape. CREtech is a nascent industry, but much of the tech revolution’s trajectory in commercial real estate has already mirrored the massive and rapid technological changes seen across other industries: finance, healthcare, and insurance, to name a few. As waves of new...Read more

  • The Biggest Impediment To Growth In CREtech

    2/12/19

    The latest splashy headlines in CREtech tout total funding and the extraordinary proliferation of startups—both wonderful things that benefit the entire sector. A reality check is in order though. Before the hasty celebrations kick off, let’s talk about the biggest impediment to growth facing CREtech. Adoption. Scaling issues trouble many CREtech startups unless their customers...Read more

  • Episode 8: Startups in the Physical World

    1/18/19

    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GY1718P0RY&feature=youtu.be[/embed] In episode 8 of my Vlog Series, I focus on the innovation happening in the physical world of CREtech today. I sat down with four founders of some extraordinary startups who are building amazing things: Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT; Carl Eckert, Co-Founder & CEO, Pause; Andrew Deitchman, Co-Founder & CEO, The New Stand;...Read more

  • The Rise of the “NEW” CRE Professional

    1/11/19

    We’re at the dawn of a revolution in commercial real estate. Transformations are coming at a level the sector has never seen before, creating disruptions that rival and even surpass the rise of Space-as-a-Service. But it won’t look quite like most people expect. Technology’s ultimate (and inevitable) impact on CRE will come down to just...Read more

  • Lack of Diversity in CREtech. My Failure. My Pledge.

    1/3/19

    Let’s be frank: commercial real estate tech lacks diversity. If you’ve attended a CREtech conference, you have surely noticed a glaring truth: We always lack women and minorities on stage. I’m responsible for content at the largest event platform in the CRE technology industry—as someone clearly with the power to promote diversity in tech, I...Read more

  • Predictive Analytics is CRE’s Holy Grail

    12/20/18

    You’ll hear the term “predictive analytics” (PA) used far and wide in a variety of sectors right now—business, intelligence, healthcare, and yes, commercial real estate, too. At our recent CRETech San Fran event, when we asked panelists for thoughts on the most important, impactful technology in CRE, CTOs of the largest brokerage firms universally agreed...Read more