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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.

NYC Real Estate Tech Startups Meetup Tomorrow Night

by Drew Meyers on 3:58 pm October 9, 2017

As part of the New York Tech Week’s activities this week, there’s a gathering tomorrow organized by the NYC Real Estate Tech Startups meetup group. The logistics: What: Fall 2017 Meetup: NYC RE Tech Week Edition When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM Where: Rise NYC (43 West 23rd street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY) Cost: $10 [Register here] I always enjoy meeting those who read the blog in person. Will you be in attendance? If that’s your, shoot me a note at drew at geekestatelabs com.

Finalists for 2017 Global PropTech Awards

by Drew Meyers on 7:40 am October 8, 2017

The finalists were announced…congrats to all those that made the list. Top Founder Award Ragnar Lifthrasir, velox.RE Mike Sroka, Dealpath Andrew Flachner, RealScout Ryan Williams, Cadre Francesca Loftus, hOM Top Technology Award Bowery Valuation Envelope City Carmera Appear Here Lotik Top Executive Award Nick Romito, Founder and CEO, VTS Steve Jacobs, Senior Managing Director, Ten-X Commercial Maggie Burns, VP of Real Estate, Breather Magnus Svantegard, Head of Product Management, Datscha Elizabeth Dukes, Partner, iOFFICE Top Innovator Award LEVERTON VTS Datscha Thornton Tomasetti Ten-X Commercial Top … Read More »

FlyHomes Brings in $4 Million

by Drew Meyers on 10:09 am October 5, 2017

Congrats to the team at FlyHomes for closing $4 million in funding. From GeekWire, the round was… led by e-commerce pioneer Mark Vadon, with participation from Pritzker Group Venture Capital and Avant CEO Al Goldstein. Vadon, who previously co-founded Zulily and Blue Nile, will join the FlyHomes board as part of the investment. The startup has also raised an additional $2 million in debt financing. The funds will help FlyHomes increase its marketing horsepower and expand to more cities. I’m a big, big fan of … Read More »

October Sponsor Showcase, Round 1

by Drew Meyers on 8:57 am

Thank you to our October sponsors… Zavvie is a hyperlocal marketing platform – the place where savvy, trusted local real estate agents go to become the neighborhood go-to resource. zavvie delivers a complete social media and hyperlocal system for top agents to build their listing business and make – or keep – them the dominant agent in their neighborhood. Learn More TurboTenant helps independent landlords improve the investment performance of their properties by offering them access to online tools, previously only available to large property management … Read More »

Echo Plus’ Impact on the Smart Home

by Drew Meyers on 11:30 am October 3, 2017

I think the new Echo Plus is a game changer for the Smart Home (a topic I’ve been writing about). I don’t have any “connected devices” in my home, so it’s hard for me to comment on how easy setup is. That said, in theory, Echo Plus will automatically recognize and setup all your devices. Have a look at the video…

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Jed Carlson from Adwerx

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Jed Carlson, the CEO of Adwerx. Without further ado… What do you do? I’m the CEO of Adwerx. We make it brilliantly simple for small businesses like real estate agents and brokers to do highly sophisticated digital advertising that promotes themselves and their listings in a local market. Over 60,000 real estate agents, brokers, loan officers, and insurance professionals across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK use Adwerx to accomplish their advertising goals. … Read More »

Open to New Career Opportunities

by Drew Meyers on 9:33 am October 2, 2017

I figured I should make it public I’m seeking a full time opportunity. Those of you who I’ve seen in person or spoken on the phone with recently likely already know — after 7 years of consulting and bootstrapping two products (both Horizon and Oh Hey World are under the legal umbrella of Oh Hey World, Inc), I’m looking for a bit of life & financial stability. What am I looking for? The perfect job would entail working on a consumer facing product in a product strategy/management role blended … Read More »

The power of ‘we’ and how technology connects us for good

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am October 1, 2017

A little bit of Sunday inspiration to do more good in the world… watch this TEDx talk by Jessica Hansen from Kiva. PS: Jessica also spoke at Inman.

The Smart Home & Amazon Alexa (and Echo)

by Drew Meyers on 9:58 am 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 »

MIPIM Announces Finalists for Startup Competition

by Drew Meyers on 8:15 am

The finalists have been announced for the MIPIM PropTech Summit… Acasa (UK), an app that allows users to manage all their household bills. BrickVest (UK), a global financial marketplace that allows investors at all levels to invest in institutional-quality real estate globally. Contract Wrangler Inc. (USA), a platform that turns painful contract deluge into revenue and reduced risk. HiP Interactive Property Ltd. (UK), the first digital marketplace for commercial and residential property buyers, owners and investors, making property investment more affordable, liquid and accessible. Kaarta … Read More »

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