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    The Smart Home & Amazon Alexa (and Echo)

    by Drew Meyers on September 30, 2017

    When talking about Amazon and their strengths and weaknesses for coming out on top for the looming (massive) smart home opportunity — you have to include both Echo (hardware) and Alexa (software) in the equation. While they are intertwined now, that’s not going to remain the case. The Echo is, of course, Alexa’s first customer. However, The Echo is not Alexa’s only customer. An ever increasing range of devices will utilize Alexa’s voice assistant in the future (the tools for integrations are already live). The more devices utilizing … Read More »

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Email Updates Moved to MailChimp — For Good This Time

Posted on by Drew Meyers

We’re trying the switch from Feedburner to Mailchimp again for email updates (see our 2016 try). If you’d like to subscribe / unsubscribe — or change from daily to weekly updates — you may use the following link: http://geekestateblog.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=574cb0e876d9ad5ad9a640c5d&id=c36ebe5ab4 As of today, I’ve shut off Feedburner’s email updates. Questions? Concerns? Shoot me an email at drew at geekestatelabs dot com

Meet the RE Tech Founder: James Call from RealtyCandy

Posted on by Drew Meyers

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with James Call, the founder of RealtyCandy. Without further ado… What do you do? RealtyCandy develops plugins, and web-based software that allows users of IDX Broker to get more out of their IDX and their WordPress sites, and nurture their real estate leads to becoming clients. We have a few tools that have been pretty big hits. Similar Listings, Nearby Listings, and Community Data Graphs have made a number of clients happy because they keep … Read More »

AirBnB Continues to Slowly Enter “Real Estate”

Posted on by Drew Meyers

A few piece of news to note on the AirBnB front… Partnered on an apartment complex optimized for home sharing. This gets them one step closer to being a major player in rentals, a trend I’ve written about a couple times. Via FastCompany. Starting tackling home improvements. Via TheInformation.com. They are going to start curating homes with AirBnB Select (coming next year). Via Engadget. Launched an API program (for hosts, not the demand side of the market). Via ProductHunt. What are they going to do next?

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Joe Edgar from TenantCloud

Posted on by Drew Meyers

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Joe Edgar, the co-founder of TenantCloud. Without further ado… What do you do? TenantCloud is a free solution for everyday landlord to make more money from their rental investment. What problem does your product/service solve? With free tools for finding tenants, collecting rent and managing day-to- day tasks TenantCloud makes being a landlord easier. No more agonizing stress around tax time. No more lying on your Schedule-E to make it look as close to last … Read More »

Winners from mipim Proptech Summit & Global PropTech Awards Awards

Posted on by Drew Meyers

The winners are in…. The three startups from the mipim proptech startup competition today to advance to the final pitch round are: PlanRadar RealAtom Acasa The winners of the Global PropTech Awards are… Top Founder Award Ragnar Lifthrasir, velox.RE Top Technology Award Carmera Top Executive Award Nick Romito, Founder and CEO, VTS Top Innovator Award LEVERTON Top Association Award Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Top Investor Award Zach Aarons, Millennium Partners & MetaProp NYC I’m off for tonight, but will write some more thoughts / … Read More »

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