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More on the Future of Cities

by Drew Meyers on 2:08 pm April 10, 2018

As you know, Fifth Wall’s portfolio event was last week in Venice. There were three panels held at their office, each covering a category Fifth Wall has made big bets on (the majority of panelists were from portfolio companies): Future of Cities Real Estate-as-a-Service Fintech and The Built World Economy I covered the Fintech and Built World Economy panel last week, today I wanted to share a few thoughts from the Future of Cities panel. Smart cities and the future of cities are topics extremely fascinating to me, and … Read More »

Using Technology to Make Real Estate More Competitive – Full Video

by Drew Meyers on 12:53 pm

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a panel organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. For those interested in VOWs, IDX, and the expiration of the consent decree, below is the full video of the discussion that took place last week in Washington DC: Discuss in the comments if you’d like…

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Jack Ryan from REX Real Estate

by Drew Meyers on 9:47 am April 8, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the Jack Ryan, Co-Founder & CEO of REX Real Estate. Without further ado… What do you do? Using big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, REX, takes care of everything both buyers and sellers need, and only charges a 2% fee. Our data-fueled marketing, seamless transaction engine, and licensed REX Agents sell homes faster, create better experiences, and yield huge savings for residential home buyers and sellers. What problem does your product/service solve? Residential real estate … Read More »

FinTech & The Built World Economy

by Drew Meyers on 12:12 pm April 6, 2018

As you know, Fifth Wall’s portfolio event was this week in Venice. There were three panels held yesterday at their office, each covering a category Fifth Wall has made big bets on (the majority of panelists were from portfolio companies): Future of Cities Real Estate-as-a-Service Fintech and The Built World Economy I’ll start with a few thoughts on 3rd panel, FinTech and The Built World Economy (the other two will come next week): A look at how fintech has disrupted almost every sector of the real estate … Read More »

Geek Estate Newsletter #23 – Investing in Client Amenities

by Drew Meyers on 7:54 am

The purpose of Geek Estate’s mastermind community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate innovators, creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. In this week’s member newsletter (#23), I discussed taking a page from Fifth Wall’s playbook by investing in amenities for your clients as well as touched on Toys ‘R’ Us and avoiding disruption. In my “non-industry reads” section, one article included was Welcome to Zucktown, Where Everything is Just … Read More »

Safari & Chrome and Zillow/Redfin/Realtor — and Data

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am April 5, 2018

I (finally) purchased a modern MacBook Pro this week. My old MacBook Pro from 2012 finally was too much to deal with in terms of slowness/performance. As a browser, I’ve been using Chrome for years, but have been using Safari the last few days to see how it compares. Last night, I got the following prompt: I never told Safari to grab data from Google Chrome, at least not knowingly. But smart by Safari. My point is not to talk about Safari and Chrome. My point … Read More »

Compass Battling Regional Heavyweights, and Entering Seattle

by Drew Meyers on 9:15 am April 4, 2018

Tech enabled real estate brokerage darling Compass recently entered the Chicago market. Clearly, the local brokerage community noticed. Baird & Warner put an ad in the paper (via Geek Estate mastermind member Eileen of Truepad): @Properties put up the following billboard (via Eileen at Truepad via TheRealDeal): They are now entering Seattle. My hometown Seattle is the capital of real estate technology, with Zillow Group HQ and Redfin HQ less than a mile from each other, and a range of other startups in the area (including CityBldr … Read More »

A Few Thoughts on the Parker Principles

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 am April 3, 2018

A manifesto, the “Parker Principles“, came from Inman’s Disconnect conference last week in Palm Springs. There’s been a fair amount of chatter already in Facebook groups (and likely on Twitter too, but I’ve dropped off in terms of Twitter engagement recently), Rob’s already penned a post on “open data”, and I wasn’t there — so not sure I have too much to add to the discussion. That said, a few comments about several of the 12 principles: Transform our industry from a sales profession to a … Read More »

Fifth Wall, Built World, and Playing Kingmaker

by Drew Meyers on 1:50 pm April 2, 2018

Technologists/vendors who read Geek Estate Blog, and likely every founder, already knows Fifth Wall. Agents and brokers, perhaps not. With 20 investments under their belt since coming on the scene a couple years ago, they are one of our industry’s largest capital players with a unique ability to create kings (read my post on category kinds from a couple years ago). Beyond being one of Opendoor’s early investors, they have invested in companies ranging from LimeBike (bike sharing) to Industrious (workplace-as-a-service) to Blend (mortgage tech) to Foxtrot (next generation corner store). The common … Read More »

Geek Estate Newsletter #22 – Zillow Goes to Canada

by Drew Meyers on 12:17 pm March 31, 2018

The purpose of Geek Estate’s mastermind community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate innovators, creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. In this week’s member newsletter (#22), I discussed Zillow plans for Canada, financial planning, and coworking. In my “non-industry reads” section, one of the links included was I Can’t Wait for You to See What We Do Next by Kevin Gibbon (CEO of Shyp). Kevin mentioned “…growth at … Read More »

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