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Modern Convenience for Tenants, Protection for Owners

Modern Convenience for Tenants, Protection for Owners

[Note from editor: The “Mastermind Showcase” highlights companies and news from members of the GEM. Today’s showcase: SmartRent] The idea of a Smart Home has been an awe-inspiring staple in portrayals of the future. Although we don’t have completely autonomous homes that can make a…

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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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Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Jon Grishpul from GreatBuildz

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Jon Grishpul from GreatBuildz

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Jon Grishpul from GreatBuildz. Who are you, and what do you do? Jon Grishpul, co-founder of Greatbuildz. Growing up, I got to witness two sides of the construction business. My grandfather was an electrical…

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Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Matt Parker from ZingFix

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Matt Parker from ZingFix

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Matt Parker from ZingFix. Without further ado… What do you do? I’m the Co-Founder of ZingFix… not the one with the ideas but the one who loves to make them happen. We sell time, basically,…

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Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Teris Pantazes from EFynch

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Teris Pantazes from EFynch

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Teris Pantazes from EFynch. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the Co-Founder of EFynch.com, a Baltimore based Homeowner and Handyman Communication System. What problem does your product/service solve? Even with all the current…

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Zillow Invests in Virtual Staging App Hutch

Zillow Invests in Virtual Staging App Hutch

Zillow made their first financial “investment”. $10 million in Hutch. It’s clear Zillow is a just a tad interested in the home improvement space. It seems they feel the need to make another bet other than Zillow Digs (which I’ve long been a fan of) against Houzz (and…

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Zillow Digs is Monetizing

Zillow Digs is Monetizing

I’ve long been a fan of Zillow Digs. It’s been months since I’ve opened the app — but tonight I opened it up, and was surprised to see advertisements integrated into the photos. You can click any of the dots on the image, and be…

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Visiting a Childhood Home, and the Opportunity for Heatmaps of Neighborhood Renovations

Visiting a Childhood Home, and the Opportunity for Heatmaps of Neighborhood Renovations

I had a meeting in Crossroads today (a neighborhood of Bellevue, WA) that brought back all sorts of memories because it had been so long since I had set foot in the Crossroads Mall where I spent so much time as a kid. In 2nd…

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Zillow Digs for iPhone

Zillow Digs for iPhone

We’ve covered Zillow Digs here before. I’ll be the first to say I think Zillow Digs is a brilliant strategic move by my former co-workers to repurpose the millions of photos they have collected over the years for an entirely different use case. As of…

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