Michael Mandel was one of the first guys I met in CRE Tech about five years ago. First impression… he was smart, had a vision and new the space. But you really never know if someone has the “chops” to succeed in being an entrepreneur until they get tested. A lot.
WOW! I am still catching my breath from one of the most extraordinary days in my long, long career. Truly breathtaking. Almost 700 people! No bullshit, no hype. People came from all over the country. From Europe and Asia. We had the CTO’s of the five largest brokerage firms on one stage.
When I was running my PR firm for over twenty-five years, our niche was mostly office and multifamily real estate. We had some big clients in the retail space, but it wasn’t a huge part of our business. But as the concept of mixed-use really started to take off in the 2000’s, more and more of my clients were paying attention to retail trends and, as a result, getting involved with ICSC.
One of the dangers for all of us in the CRE tech space is that, for the most part, we live in a bubble. Our own bubble. As founders and entrepreneurs, we talk mostly to each other. We attend events with people inside the sector. We read content that is mostly focused on our tribe’s news.
Fifth Wall and Rudin Management are household names in their respective businesses. Fifth Wall, the largest real estate focused VC. Rudin, one of NYC’s most respected, largest and active developers. But, what do they have in common? They are partners in Fifth Wall and both companies obviously are passionate about technology.
While I am newbie in the tech world, I have worked really hard to immerse myself in the startup culture. And while my niche and community is in the commercial real estate sector which is a very young tech industry, I think I have a good handle on the way things work in tech.
Michael Bull is the real deal! I have long been an admirer and follower of all of his amazing Content Marketing. When people ask me for examples of how to use Content Marketing to building their business, I always respond by saying, “Check out Michael Bull!”
I am personally a big fan of Dreamit! The real estate industry is really fortunate to have such an amazing platform to help to incubate, mentor and scale early stage startups. And the world-class team of professionals behind this Accelerator are some of the most accomplished investors in the world.
I am a big fan of Anthony Dominguez, AtlasX CEO. He is exactly the type of entrepreneur that we need to be attracting and investing in within the commercial real estate sector. He spent his career in commercial real estate and then saw a big opportunity on the tech side and made the leap. We need more people thinking and acting like that!
Thanks to my good friend Turner Levison of CommissionTrac, I had the great pleasure of recently connecting with Matt Knight of a new venture fund called Shadow Ventures based in Atlanta. Several things that really stood out when I spoke to Matt, who is a Principal at the company.
I am blessed that I largely self-funded my own site and was able to raise money from an amazing network of friends in the real estate sector. I also know that most startups don’t start that way and early stage funding is critical to their survival.
While the headlines and most of the real estate tech industry talks about big listing and transaction sites, some of the most exciting innovation is happening on the edges of the real estate industry. What do I mean by “on the edges”?
After several months of intense research by our team and leading industry experts, we have released our 2017 Mid-Year CRE // Tech Report which provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the CRE tech industry as well as profiles on the hottest startups in the space.
Ok ok, I might be a bit of an exaggerator with this one but honestly not too far off. Allen Buchanan is a great friend of mine and one of the first people I met in the CRE tech sector. And he isn’t even in the tech sector!!!
I am definitely not new to the event scene, but new to running a company that puts on conferences. My team is far more experienced than I am in the event business having come from some of the biggest event and media platforms in the space.
One of the most impressive startups I have had the pleasure of meeting is NavigatorCRE. For several reasons actually. The first being the Founders… seasoned real estate and tech entrepreneurs who took their own pain points in the industry and are solving it with their site.
I have been blessed to have many so many wonderful connections in my 30+ years in the real estate industry. These relationships have been the foundation of everything I have tried to in the sector from initially building my public relations firm into one of the largest in the country to now building CRE // Tech into the premier events, connectivity and content platform in the real estate tech sector.
While I typically like to write about commercial real estate tech in this blog, sometimes I just like to write about my experiences and observations in business. My new journey running several startups in the CRE tech space has really taught me a lot about myself, running a business and more specifically, my observations about the tech sector in general.