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Blockstack and Real Estate

by Drew Meyers on 9:13 pm May 24, 2017

It’s not secret real estate is one of the first adopters of many technologies. For the early adopters, there’s a new technology you should start thinking about. The Blockstack: Blockstack is a new decentralized internet where users own their data and apps run locally. A browser portal is all that’s needed to get started. Many tech founders reading here probably already read AVC, which is where I heard about it. The fact that Union Square Ventures invested in Blockstack is a pretty good indicator they … Read More »

Elon Musk’s Ted Interview

by Drew Meyers on 12:30 pm May 9, 2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned Elon Musk. It’s no secret he thinks on a grander scale than just about everyone. There’s a recently released Ted interview with Elon worth watching: Happy thinking…

The Real Key to Great Product: Empathy

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am April 19, 2017

I read Why the best product managers don’t build the features their users ask for the other day, as a result of seeing a Re-Tweet by Greg Fischer of this tweet. Building product is what I do and, hence, something I think about constantly. The part that hit home for me: …the fundamental responsibility of a product manager is not to be the company’s leading expert on the product but to be the company’s leading expert on the customer At a fundamental level, product management deals … Read More »

Real Estate and Skunk Works Departments

by Seth Siegler on 12:10 pm April 18, 2017

I’ve been working within the fast-paced, risk-loving, fail-fast worlds of four different real estate industry startups for the the last 10+ years. I founded them all but three were bootstrapped and one was VC-backed. And while two of them went nowhere and two others resulted in exits, in all four, there existed common themes and paradigms that allowed us to get a huge amount of work done with a tiny team and budget. That’s nothing super novel though – all startups benefit from this type … Read More »

4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 6, 2017

I think it’s inevitable many cities will become more walkable than they are today. Here’s a Ted talk by Jeff Speck I watched this weekend that will give you some ideas on how that’s being done…

Making Home Ownership More Accessible, and More on Partial Home Ownership

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am February 24, 2017

You may know I’m fascinated by the topic of partial equity home ownership. I got to thinking about the topic again the other day after listening to the Real Estate — Ownership, Asset, Economy a16z podcast. (via Greg Fischer). A few random, unorganized thoughts… Where’s the fascination come from? Partial home ownership has the possibility of placing more people into homes — at (relatively) affordable prices. Monthly payments are of course not the barrier to home ownership; it’s the down payment. Splitting up equity and making small percentages both … Read More »

Reimaging the City as a Digital Platform

by Drew Meyers on 2:00 pm February 13, 2017

The future of cities is a topic that fascinates me. I watched a presentation by two team members of Sidewalk Labs about Reimaging the city as a digital platform. It touched on where they see the future of cities are headed. Among topics such as self driving cars, they touched on 5 primary physical identifiers that cities are composed of — path (sidewalk, road), edge (train tracks), node (train station), district (neighborhoods), and landmarks (Central Park, Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, etc) — and their digital equivalents. If you’re as … Read More »

Why Brokers Support The Broker Portal

by Merle Whitehead on 5:00 am

Homesnap and Broker Public Portal

Background For the past two years, it has been my distinguished honor to serve the industry in the development of the Broker Public Portal. Today, I serve as the company’s Chairman, and am one of the representatives of the Large Broker class of the Board of Managers. Background about the Broker Public Portal MLS consumer websites have been around forever in real estate. There has been a long discussion between brokerage firms and MLSs about the nature of competition between those consumer sites and the … Read More »

Is Your Technology Hijacking Attention, or Improving Humanity?

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am February 4, 2017

I listened to the RECODE podcast with Tristan Harris this week while I was working late. Super fascinating discussion. Formerly a Design Ethicist at Google, he’s now working on Time Well Spent: Time Well Spent is a movement to align technology with our humanity. Today apps and media compete in a race to grab our attention. Join a movement to: Live better with more empowering settings for our media and devices. Change incentives so media competes to improve our lives, not get eyeballs. Invent new interfaces that help … Read More »

Real Estate Brokerages/Franchises…and Innovation?

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am January 11, 2017

I read Patrick Sisson’s piece on Curbed, Can cities create innovation hubs that work for the entire economy? The future of cities is a topic that intrigues me, and believe innovation hubs are part of that (for some cities). Durham seems to be proving that. Innovation hubs are fundamentally about community. Those that succeed in real estate, are in the business of building community. Why aren’t brokerages / franchises investing in local innovation labs?

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