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A Virtual Reality Theatre in Minneapolis

by Drew Meyers on 12:00 pm December 17, 2017

Real estate offices used to be a necessity. Why? Buyers needed somewhere to look at MLS photo books with active listings. MLS books, of course, have been replaced by the internet, Zillow, and thousands of IDX sites in every market. No one needs to go to a real estate office to look at listings anymore. Where does that leave real estate offices? How do you make them relevant again? Create an EXPERIENCE. That’s what Engel & Völkers in Minneapolis did by building a virtual reality theatre. I had … Read More »

Why I’m Bullish on Redfin

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am October 23, 2017

I’ve written about Redfin before, most recently regarding their IPO and the IDX SEO issue. (disclosure: I own a small number of shares). I spent some time looking at their S-1, looking at their current product, and thinking through their future. They face a hard road strife with many competitors to fend off (with more to come) — but I’m bullish. Teams are certainly the future of real estate. Zillow knows that (see here), and Redfin knows that. Redfin happens to operate as the largest “team” in the country. In … Read More »

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 »

The Vision for the Geek Estate Community

by Drew Meyers on 12:47 pm September 27, 2017

Regular readers know I’ve been working on a new “Geek Estate” community. What is it? A private community of creatives making real estate, financial independence, & home ownership more accessible using technology. What exactly are we doing? Vision: The community is dedicated to improving the real estate & home ownership process and experience using technology. Mission: Connect those creatives doing amazing work in our industry, facilitate business development & knowledge sharing, provide strategic product innovation feedback, and act as a support network of like minded real estate technologists and thought leaders. … Read More »

Geek Estate Membership is Coming

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am September 18, 2017

For those who have been reading a long, long time — you may remember there used to be a Geek Estate Pro portion of this website (see here and here). It was a members-only area of the site which included a forum, as well as premium content related to real estate blogging & marketing. I eventually shut it down as I got busy with Oh Hey World and Horizon. I’ve wanted to bring a premium version of Geek Estate back for a long time, and am … Read More »

Nominations Are Open for The Global PropTech Awards

by Drew Meyers on 9:45 am August 30, 2017

The Global PropTech Awards are coming up in New York in October. The first annual Global PropTech Awards
 recognize individuals, technologies and organizations that have gone above and beyond to positively impact next generation PropTech. Finalists will be announced October 1st and Award Winners will be presented at a ceremony during NYC Real Estate Tech Week 2017. Know a founder, innovator, association, technology/product, executive, or investor who deserves credit for their amazing work? Please nominate them using the links below… NYCRETW Top Founder Award NYCRETW Top Executive … Read More »

A Few Companies Worth Looking at from Inman Connect

by Drew Meyers on 3:01 pm August 11, 2017

As mentioned, I’ve spent the last week in San Francisco at Hacker Connect & Inman Connect. It’s been a whirlwind of a week, and haven’t really been on a computer all week (which I’ve enjoyed). Before the weekend, I wanted to highlight a few of the companies I found compelling: CompCurve – competitive intelligence on agents and brokers sales productivity to compare yourself to the competition (and recruit agents who are doing well). First – Efficiently find listing leads from your existing relationships. They help you speak … Read More »

Inman Hacker Connect SF – Next Week (and $100 Off)

by Drew Meyers on 9:32 pm July 31, 2017

As I’ve mentioned before — if there is one event that’s truly applicable to readers here, it’s 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: August 7th, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Where: Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA) Cost: $299 Register: Here If you look at the schedule here, you’ll see there are a wide range of tech topics discussed. I’m making the trip to … Read More »

Horizon Needs Your Help

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am July 5, 2017

Horizon is a way to discover friends and friends of friends in the cities you’re visiting. Beyond friends and friends of friends, Horizon uses communities such as college or fraternity / sorority alumni, former colleagues, and service communities like Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to connect people to find a place to stay, grab a coffee, or even simply, ask them for a restaurant recommendation. The following 3 minute video explains the product: One example of the power of connecting friends of friends in other cities, right here … Read More »

The Smart Cities Movement Is Reshaping Commercial Real Estate

by Jack Kaufman on 1:35 pm June 22, 2017

An example of smart city tech.

In 2014, 54% of the world’s population lived in cities. A UN report predicted that 66% of people in the world will live in cities by 2050. As cities grow at a rapid pace, they face an increasing number of problems. For instance, cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin deal with large amounts of traffic-fueled congestion. Other urban areas experience high levels of pollution and waste that grows in line with an ever-increasing population. The speedy population growth in places like San Francisco … Read More »

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