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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 »

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 »

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 »

Appear Here, and The Future of Retail

by Drew Meyers on 8:20 am November 1, 2017

For those interested in the future of retail and commercial real estate, I highly encourage you to listen to the most recent Fifth Wall podcast with Ross Bailey from Appear Here. Retail from the consumer perspective, and commercial real estate on the supply side, are changing. Both are struggling for relevance. There’s no denying that. Brands need to get face to face to capture real attention (and dollars). Landlords are struggling to make their locations compelling enough to visit. Appear Here allows people/companies to rent … Read More »

Wired Score Funding and Podcast (and a Few Thoughts)

by Drew Meyers on 11:40 am October 26, 2017

I listened to the Fifth Wall podcast with WiredScore founder Arie Barendrecht yesterday morning on my walk to Impact Hub. It’s worth a listen, particularly to those interested in commercial real estate tech. I hadn’t heard of Wired Score before, which is a little surprising but they do operate on the commercial side of the massive industry we play in (which is not my specialty). The core model is a certification for landlords to “understand, improve, and promote their buildings’ digital infrastructure.” There is certainly clear value to connectivity … Read More »

Fifth Wall = The Next Real Estate Accelerator

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

Fifth Wall, a VC firm based in LA that has raised over $200M, is entering real estate accelerator game (see TechCrunch). The program’s goal: Fifth Wall’s Accelerator Program is a 12-month program designed to help early-stage companies: (1) get introduced to real estate companies and potential customers, (2) leverage our team’s & our strategic LPs real estate expertise, and (3) position our Accelerator companies to raise a VC round within 6-12 months. It’s obvious real estate / property tech is a massive, massive vertical — especially if … Read More »

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