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Looking Back on 2021

Looking Back on 2021

[Editor’s Note: We publish a Weekly Transmission for GEM members, a series of long-form articles covering the spectrum from shipping container co-living spaces to the battle for listing acquisition in the first iBuyer world war. Below, I look back on a year that saw the end of Zillow…

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Filling the Emerging iBuyer Vacuum

Filling the Emerging iBuyer Vacuum

[Note from editor: We publish a Weekly Transmission for GEM members, a series of long-form articles covering the spectrum from shipping container co-living spaces to the battle for listing acquisition in the first iBuyer world war. Below is this month’s sample Transmission.] NOVEMBER MONTHLY TRANSMISSION BY DREW…

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The real problem with the real estate industry

The real problem with the real estate industry

[Editor’s note: Originally published on Selling Later.] The industry makes you think new selling services are the problem, but we believe those conversations distract from the bigger issue, and that issue is Gatekeeping. As a consumer, you think of real estate like this… Sellers and buyers…

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Compass S-1 Deep Dive

Compass S-1 Deep Dive

[Editor’s note: Originally published on the Thomvest Blog.] Compass, a technology-enabled real estate brokerage, filed its S-1 in early March with plans to raise about $550 million as part of an initial public offering. The company updated its S-1 last week to include a share price…

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A New Podcast Collaboration: The Blueprint Sessions

A New Podcast Collaboration: The Blueprint Sessions

Avid readers Rob Hahn already know that we’ve been working on a new collaboration: The Blueprint Sessions, a podcast for exceptional founders of exceptional startups that are disrupting the real estate industry. This initiative stems from our desire to answer two key questions: Who are the…

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State of the GEM 2021

State of the GEM 2021

Diverse by role, sector, and geography, the GEM is a community of more than 350 proptech founders, execs, VCs, and tech-forward practitioners. A private group of independent thinkers, free from sponsored messages, sales pitches, and noise — our Mantra is simple: Go deep and keep…

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A Look Forward to 2021: De-Carbonization Is King

A Look Forward to 2021: De-Carbonization Is King

[Note from the editor: Below is a collection of 2021 predictions and trends sourced from members of the GEM. Originally published privately for members a week ago, but we are sharing them more broadly here.  —Drew Meyers] A Look Forward to 2021: De-Carbonization Is King BY…

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Outfit: Not Boring Investment Memo

Outfit: Not Boring Investment Memo

[Editor’s note: Originally published at Not Boring.] A couple of weeks ago, Fed Novikov, the co-founder of another Not Boring portfolio company that’s using software to streamline the traditionally heavy real estate industry, Apt, told me about a company a friend of his was starting and asked…

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Realtor.com Prevails with Avail

Realtor.com Prevails with Avail

The property management software for DIY landlords sector that we’ve covered in such depth got a jolt of excitement today: Realtor.com acquired Avail. The deal will help Realtor.com “expand into the rental space, extend its support for landlords, augment current rental listing content, grow its audience and build…

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Dear AirBnB, Thank You

Dear AirBnB, Thank You

[Editor’s note: Originally published on Vertical.] In 2017, I had a quick day trip to San Francisco. I was visiting family just south of the Bay Area in Carmel-by-the-Sea and needed a place to stay for the night after some meetings. I plugged into AirBnB…

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