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Founder of Geek Estate Blog / Geek Estate Labs. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Gemma Young from Settled

by Drew Meyers on 11:55 am January 26, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with co-founder and CEO of UK-based Settled, Gemma Young. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO and Co-Founder of VC-backed property technology business Settled, which is an online property transaction software that streamlines the home buying and selling process for buyers and sellers. What problem does your product/service solve? In spite of prop tech’s growth – we’d all agree that there’s still a long way to go. In the UK, it still … Read More »

The BitCoin Realtor / Agent

by Drew Meyers on 9:47 am January 23, 2018

I just watched the discussion with Piper Moretti (moderated by Wendy Forsythe) about purchasing homes with Bitcoin (see here) at Inman Connect. She’s done several deals with Bitcoin in the last year in Southern California — she’s now the “Bitcoin realtor“. It’s worth asking — who is the Bitcoin realtor / agent in your city? If the answer is no one, winning mindshare (and SEO) for that term is something worth investing in.

TechStars Enters the Real Estate Accelerator Picture with Partnership with Colliers

by Drew Meyers on 10:10 pm January 21, 2018

I’ve written about real estate accelerators before, and even questioned how many of them the industry can support. The real estate accelerator space got a tad more crowded last week. The clear leader in accelerators, Techstars, is partnering with Colliers to launch the Colliers PropTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars. My biggest questions: “Proptech” is a massively broad category encompassing residential sales, rentals, commercial, smart home, and mortgage (among others). How do applicants/portfolio companies play out between commercial (where Colliers can help the most) and the rest of the industry? What strategic distribution … Read More »

Geek Estate Founding Member Spotlight: Jennifer Kjellgren from Intown Expert Realty

by Drew Meyers on 8:59 pm January 18, 2018

We’re going to start a series of interviews with Geek Estate founding members (there were 50 slots, which are all filled now). The interviews will give you a taste of current business priorities, what products and trends to watch in 2018, and what they like about being a member. First up is Jennifer Kjellgren from Intown Expert Realty in Atlanta. Thank you Jennifer for being a founding member (and for being the guinea pig for the 1st interview)! Without further ado… What’s your most significant business focus for 2018? … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Greg Toschi from Onerent

by Drew Meyers on 5:34 pm January 15, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the CEO of Onerent, Greg Toschi. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO and co-founder of Onerent and the man of all hats involved from customer escalations, to funding, to business development. For me, there is no typical day at Onerent. Like any startup, we’re facing challenges from all directions. One of the most challenging parts of my day is making decisions on what our company priorities are and what to … Read More »

Local “TrafficLab”, Powered by You (the Agent/Broker)

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am January 9, 2018

I came across the Seattle Times’ Traffic Lab this weekend. Specifically, this research piece — which led me to One Center City. This data is all public. My question to the industry: why aren’t you curating & delivering this content to local residents? Shouldn’t my real estate agent (if I had one) be the one ensuring I know everything I need to know about what’s happening in my city?

Reminder: Inman Connect and Hacker Connect

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am January 8, 2018

The big east coast Inman Connect week is coming up in a couple weeks (January 22-26). Hacker Connect (January 22nd): A Real Estate Technology Deep Dive. We wrote about it a few weeks ago. Discount code for $100 off: geekestate Learn More Inman Connect (January 22-26): Inman Connect is where more than 4,000 CEOs, tech entrepreneurs, marketing experts, top-producing agents and brokers, and financial services executives converge. Learn more Both events are at the Marriot Marquis in Time Square. Hope to see you in New York in a couple … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: YC Chung from Lubn

by Drew Meyers on 11:30 am January 7, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the CEO of Lubn, YC Chung. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the founder and CEO of Lubn Inc. I’ve hand-selected and established the Lubn team to create the world’s first intelligent 4G smart key box to help property managers and realtors manage property access, and monitor check-in/out activities from anywhere at anytime. What problem does your product/service solve? It all started with a personal problem of mine. I was juggling … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Alain Kapatashungu from FrontDoor

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 am January 5, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the founder of Frontdoor, Alain Kapatashungu. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO & Co-founder at Frontdoor. What problem does your product/service solve? The ugly truth is — real estate professionals struggle with responding quickly to inquiries due to lack of relevant context. Frontdoor adds a qualitative layer of data, allowing real estate professionals to streamline the process of turning data into information, and information into actionable insights. We go beyond … Read More »

Blockchain Big Picture: Q1 2018

by Drew Meyers on 10:33 pm January 4, 2018

My former boss, the one and only “David G from Zillow”, has always been an amazing writer. Ever since Mr Gibbons moved back to South Africa, he hasn’t been writing (at least publicly). However, he’s resurfaced recently while researching blockchain, bitcoin, and crypto. Fortunately for us, he’s turned his research into writing. If you’re looking to understand the state of blockchain headed into 2018 — I highly recommend reading his “blockchain big picture Q1 2018” article over on Medium (13 minute read).

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