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Using Technology to Make Real Estate More Competitive

by Drew Meyers on 10:30 am March 16, 2018

Those of you with an interest in NAR’s expiring consent decree, there is an event organized by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation you may be interested in next month in Washington DC: Technological innovation has made it cheaper, easier, and faster to buy and sell most products. However, the real estate industry has firmly resisted disruption, successfully lobbying for state laws banning commission rebates, preventing the public disclosure of residential sales prices, and requiring consumers to purchase real estate services that they may not want, as well … Read More »

A Few Thoughts from Hacker Connect

by Drew Meyers on 12:30 pm January 28, 2018

As many of you know, Inman’s Hacker Connect was this past Monday in New York. A lively day of real estate tech discussion, I’ve put together a few thoughts: Dr. Kate Stone, the founder of Novalia, showed the audience several interactive experiences. Her firm creates immersive, playable experiences connecting brands to audiences around the world. See this video about Bud Light: And this one: Human experiences are a topic I think a LOT about: how do you create products and activities buyer and homeowners are compelled to go out … Read More »

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 »

Hacker Connect in New York (& $100 Off)

by Drew Meyers on 1:18 pm December 21, 2017

Are you going to be in New York for Inman Connect at the end of January? Are you more tech savvy than the norm? If so, why not attend…Hacker Connect? Who: Join engineers, developers, designers, product managers, database architects, webmasters and technology executives from across the country for a deep real estate technology dive. When: January 22nd, 9 AM – 5 PM Where: Marriot Marquis (1535 Broadway, New York, NY) Cost: $299 Register: Here Note you may use the “geekestate” discount code to save $100 off the listed ticket price of $299 (if … Read More »

Any Real Estate Geeks Interested in the Product Hunt Hackathon

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am October 25, 2017

The Geeks / developers reading may have seen the news about the upcoming Product Hunt global hackathon. It’s a month long hackathon… This isn’t like most hackathons. Starting November 1st, we’re kicking off a month-long, global, online hackathon so that anyone with a computer can participate. With over $250,000 in prizes and a suite of amazing partners and tools, you’ll have the entire month to collaborate, get feedback, and refine your product before sharing your creation with the world and our panel of remarkable judges. … Read More »

Winners from mipim Proptech Summit & Global PropTech Awards Awards

by Drew Meyers on 5:58 pm October 11, 2017

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 »

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 »

Seattle Startup Week — Real Estate Tech Sessions

by Drew Meyers on 9:45 am September 26, 2017

For the Seattleites reading: Seattle Startup Week is next week (October 2-6). There’s a few real estate tech sessions on the schedule: AI in Real Estate ( on Monday at 9 am: Panel with Devyn Cairns (CTO of CityBldr), Sam DeBord ( & a regular here at Geek Estate), and Bridget Frey (Redfin CTO). Moderated by Gabriel Jones. The Future of Home Buying ( on Tuesday at 1:30: Panel with Tushar Garg (co-founder of FlyHomes), Andrey Nokhrin (founder Flipt), and Yifan Zhang (co-founder of Lithium. Moderated by Jay Weeldreyer. Equality & Diversity in Real Estate ( … Read More »

MIPIM PropTech Summit Agenda in NYC

by Drew Meyers on 11:46 am September 12, 2017

NYC Real Estate Tech Week 2017 is happening in October. All the details are here. The MIPIM PropTech Summit on October 11th is a big part of that. Here’s the agenda: 07:00 – 08:00 (Forum B) CEO breakfast – By invitation 07:00 – 08:00 (The Gallery) Welcome coffee 08:00 – 08:30 (Forum A) Opening keynote speaker – The evolution of PropTech and FinTech Al Goldstein (CEO – Avant Inc) 08:30 – 09:15 (Forum A) Top owners & developers: innovation & PropTech Guy Bradley (Chief Executive – Swire … Read More »

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