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.
I spend a lot of time with VC’s in the CRE tech space. I find it to be an incredibly effective way to not only learn about how, what and why they invest, but to get a true pulse on the CRE tech sector. I am blessed to have relationships with most of the top VC’s in the CRE space and we regularly chat about the market in general and specific startups.
When I first got started in the commercial real estate tech sector in 2011, the industry felt kinda like a ghost town. When you met someone in the sector, it was like a surprise meeting... ”Wow cool, you’re in this business too?!?!”.
In my thirty years in the commercial real estate industry, on the PR, media and tech sides, I got to know many many landlords. They were my clients, my investors and my friends. I think I understood the mentality of a building owner as well as anyone given my vantage point, having represented literally hundreds of them from local niche players to national REITS.
I am back from a week in Los Angeles and I’m still buzzing from all of the excitement. L.A. is a city that’s bustling with energy coming from the media, arts and entertainment sectors, massive amounts of new development and a thriving tech scene. And now, it’s really becoming a hotbed of commercial real estate tech activity. I spent the week meeting with many exciting startups and entrepreneurs and the culmination was our annual CRE // Tech event in L.A. My head is STILL spinning!!!
I actually began my PR career representing home builders. It was the late 1980’s and that was the only big game in town if you wanted to be where the action and money were. It wasn't until the mid-nineties that commercial real estate really became a thriving sector for many of us on the services side.
There isn’t an industry on earth today that isn’t being impacted by technology. And the legal industry won’t be immune either. It’s only a matter of time before the commercial real estate industry gets fundamentally disrupted (hate that word) by technology as well. I have been saying this over and over and over again and it’s the reason why we acquired CRE // Tech as a way to help the real estate industry begin to embrace tech and not be threatened or challenged by it.