Mike's Weekly Picks: My 11 Favorite RE Tech Reads...

Here are my favorite Real Estate Tech reads from this past week. Happy reading!

It’s Time for a New Kind of Commercial Real Estate Event

Blog - CRE.Tech

Beginning January 2017, cre.tech is launching a groundbreaking series of educational events for commercial real estate professionals. The first event, Facilities Management in an On-Demand World, features keynote speaker Brian Schwagerl, an expert in sustainable design and construction who has reached millions of people sharing his strategies of how real estate assets can improve employee performance. Notable among Mr. Schwagerl’s accomplishments are the spearheading of the office transformation projects at NBC Universal and the development of Hearst Tower.

Free Whitepaper: A Slow Journey to Truth in NER Lease Pricing and Its Impact on the Commercial Property Markets

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

In this whitepaper, we explore the historic and current methodologies in commercial property lease pricing, and why “rule of thumb” methods adopted in the past have been slow to adjust and adapt to today’s current market conditions.

Advances in Retail Tech

Blog - The Balance Sheet by Yardi

Developing financially successful retail centers is a challenging task anywhere in the world.  Investors and managers involved in retail assets must be sound strategic planners who can successfully assimilate a number of disparate factors, such as demographics, macro and micro economics, as well as cultural and political circumstances.  Rising e-commerce makes a competitive business environment even more acute.

Tech Startup M&As To Persist In 2017, Led By Retailers And Manufacturers

News - Bisnow

Retailers, manufacturers and an array of nontech companies spent nearly $10B on tech startups this year, about double 2015's activity. Two of the biggest deals of the year were Walmart's $3.3B purchase of Jet.com, and General Motors' $1B acquisition of Cruise Automation, a self-driving car company.

What to expect from CRE tech in 2017

Blog - theBrokerList

Access to property data is useful, but today, many data tools do not integrate across platforms. However, as more applications begin to work together and allow brokers to transfer their data from one tool to the next, there will be more opportunities to share and utilize public data in 2017. Buildout is one of several players that is bridging the data divide between platforms by creating a seamless experience that doesn’t compromise the integrity of your data.

Rouge Routers

Blog - Thee Balance Sheet by Yardi

While the breach of one billion Yahoo! Email accounts continues to dominate the new, another internet security crisis continues unabated. As Lily Hay Newman reports in Wired’s latest issue, Nighthawk line of Netgear routers can be remotely exploited, allowing third-parties to take control of the devices, leaving thousands of home networks open to hackers and “”havoc-wreaking botnets.”

CBRE Nabs Leading Producer of Advanced Tech for Real Estate

News - Commercial Property Executive

CBRE Group Inc. recently announced that it has purchased Floored Inc., a producer of SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions, including scalable, interactive 3D graphics technology, for the commercial real estate business. Founded in 2012, Floored will provide CBRE’s professionals and clients access to advanced technology through its main products, Protofit and Luma, that are used by property owners such as Related, Equity Office, Hines or Beacon Capital.

Q&A with Maggie Burns, VP of Real Estate at Breather

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

Breather is the leading provider of beautifully designed workspaces offering individuals and businesses practical, distraction-free workspaces that can be reserved and accessed through our proprietary app and booking technology. With an expanding network of more than 300+ spaces across 10 global markets, Breather spaces are the go-to solution for the increasingly mobile workforce. From New York to LA, London to San Francisco, Breather spaces are available where and when our members need them.

Resource Preview: Integrate technology into day-to-day tasks to win more listings and close deals faster

Blog - Buildout

71 percent of brokers believe relationships are the biggest stimulus for winning business. And by integrating tech into your day-to-day operations, you can streamline your tedious tasks and spend more time building relationships and closing deals.

Silverstein President Tal Kerret to Keynote MetaProp NYC’s Demo Day

Blog - CRE.Tech

New York City-based real estate technology accelerator MetaProp NYC will be holding its annual demo day on January 26th at Silverstein Properties’ 7 World Trade Center. The event is the culmination of MetaProp NYC’s 22-week growth program and provides graduating startup founders with access to potential corporate partners, exposure to venture capital opportunities and media coverage.

3 Ways to Be Super Productive in an Open Office Environment

Blog - Digsy

There’s a lot of discussion about the open office and whether it really helps you be more productive in a work environment. In a collaborative situation, it’s easy to see that having easier access to your colleagues could lead to better project collaboration and communication with the team. At the same time, if you need a lot of quiet concentration to get the job done, the open office plan may not be your first choice for an office environment.