Mike's Weekly Picks: My 12 Favorite RE Tech Reads...

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

Zenplace is Making Property Management Easy & Effortless for the 50 Million Rental Properties Across the U.S.

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies are calling the national surge in demand for rentals “unprecedented” and industry analysts expect it to continue. However, property owners find that renting properties can be frustrating and worrisome. From finding reliable tenants, to leasing quickly and easily, to efficient maintenance, it can be a lot for a property owner to manage well. Which is why, with over 50M rental properties and 100M tenants across the U.S., property management services have been in great demand.

MACH Energy Survey Reveals Best Practices and Priorities for CRE Energy Management

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

It’s no secret that the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) sector has long been one of the major sources of GHG emissions and energy consumption in the U.S. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, 41% of total U.S. energy consumption can be directly accounted for by commercial and residential buildings. In fact, if these buildings were aggregated and considered a separate nation, they would demand more energy than all but two other nations worldwide.

Can Silicon Valley keep up the momentum?

Blog - JLL Edge Blog

The world’s foremost innovation ecosystem continues to flourish, attract talent and capital from across the globe, a fact confirmed by Silicon Valley’s Top 3 place in this year’s JLL City Momentum Index. Only Bangalore, India and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, scored higher in JLL’s analysis of 42 variables such as economic output, population, corporate headquarters, commercial real estate construction and transactions, environmental quality and infrastructure.

Little Rock Tech Park Announces 5 More Tenants

News - Arkansas Business - Real Estate

The Little Rock Technology Park on Tuesday named five new tenants for Phase 1 of its new facility, set to open March 1 at 417 Main St. in downtown Little Rock.


News - Green Street STL

Tailoring an office for the modern-day, tech-savvy worker requires an eye towards functionality and flexibility.

Minimal, open spaces with seating pods and tables on wheels. Ergonomic seating that contours to the specific curvature of a laptop user’s spine. Quiet areas where people can work alone, and then freely transition over to a quad setting to work with colleagues. Technology that eliminates the need for fussy cables and landlines, catering to a more mobile user.


E-commerce inspiring industrial leaders to take over space in urban areas

News - Midwest Real Estate News

E-commerce continues to fuel many aspects of Chicago’s industrial market, which is seeing considerable activity heading into the second quarter of 2017. While e-commerce is often viewed from the perspective of Amazon.com and its proliferation of warehouse and distribution space, there is much more to the e-commerce picture.


News - Bisnow

New renderings show what a new city-sponsored tech hub in Union Square will look like when complete. The 258k SF facility at 14th Street and Irving Place, first announced late last year, will have space for job-training programs, flexible workspace and a new home for the P.C. Richard & Son electronics store that occupies the site.


News - Bisnow

LiquidSpace, a platform for leasing out flex space, expanded its platform today to include flexible workplace designs for companies with 10 to 200 employees. The altSpace program allows tenants to curate a new office (such as above) with LiquidSpace-approved landlords and partner spaces.

Apple’s new campus ‘Apple Park’ will open in April 

News - TechCrunch

This grand opening has been years in the making. Apple’s new campus now has a name and an opening date. It’ll be called Apple Park and the first employees will move in April 2017. As 12,000 Apple employees are going to work there, the move isn’t going to be an easy task. It’s going to take roughly six months to have everyone there. While April is the grand opening, construction will continue through the summer for the final touches. 

Knotel raises $25M to expand its “headquarters as a service” approach to office space

News - TechCrunch

Knotel announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series A funding. Founded in 2015, the company offers what co-founder and CEO Amol Sarva described as “headquarters as a service” — a flexible office space that can be customized for each tenant while also growing or shrinking as needed.

Tech Causes Evolution, Not Revolution, In Multifamily

Blog - Bisnow

Although people are living online to a greater extent nowadays, they still need a place to sleep, entertain, eat and play. This means multifamily is better insulated from tech-triggered demand shocks like the one that has impacted retail. (One tech trend impacts both multifamily and retail: Property managers have had to come up with innovative new package management systems to accommodate the tenfold increase in volume in the past 10 years.)

Big News From Matterport!

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

About halfway through my first demo with Matterport, I interrupted and asked an off-topic question. “Are you fundraising?”, I asked.
I was so sold on the product that I couldn’t wait until the end of the demo to ask if I could invest. They explained to me that they had raised over $60m from investors including News Corp., Qualcomm Ventures and CBRE. I politely apologized for interrupting, made a joke about them not needing my money, and the demo continued.

Have I missed anything? Feel free to reach out to me at michael@thenewsfunnel.com with your favorite RE Tech articles for this week. I am always looking for new content to read!