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The Smart Home & Amazon Alexa (and Echo)

The Smart Home & Amazon Alexa (and Echo)

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…

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The Vision for the Geek Estate Community

The Vision for the Geek Estate Community

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 &…

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Geek Estate Membership is Coming

Geek Estate Membership is Coming

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…

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Nominations Are Open for The Global PropTech Awards

Nominations Are Open for The Global PropTech Awards

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…

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A Few Companies Worth Looking at from Inman Connect

A Few Companies Worth Looking at from Inman Connect

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…

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

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

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,…

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Horizon Needs Your Help

Horizon Needs Your Help

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…

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The Smart Cities Movement Is Reshaping Commercial Real Estate

The Smart Cities Movement Is Reshaping Commercial Real Estate

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…

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Zillow Instant Offers…Finally

Zillow Instant Offers…Finally

It’s no secret inventory is a problem in many real estate markets across the country (my own backyard, Seattle, certainly falls in that list). That begs the question, how do you open up more inventory for purchase? I’ve long been a fan of the Make…

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Real Estate and Skunk Works Departments

Real Estate and Skunk Works Departments

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…

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