MIKE'S WEEKLY PICKS: MY 13 FAVORITE RE TECH READS...

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



RealMassive, the Leading CRE Marketplace, Has Appointed a New CEO

Press Release - RealMassive

RealMassive, commercial real estate’s open and connected digital marketplace, is further accelerating commercialization and innovation by naming a new, experienced CEO. The Austin-based SaaS firm recruited technology executive Patrick Lashinsky to scale the industry’s first mobile-centric, geo-local, and on-demand business intelligence platform. With critical investments in personnel and infrastructure, they aim to finally solve the industry’s legacy issues involving data accuracy and accessibility.


Biggest Threat to Your Industrial Space? Your Customer!

Blog - Duke Long

What? What threat? There is no threat to your industrial space, or so you think. If there was and there is not, then how could it possibly be your customer? It’s pretty easy to see if you just step back and take a look at one of the biggest industrial tenants out there. Yep, you guessed it Amazon. You hear about them all the time do you not. They are using drones to drop packages in somebody’s yard on 60 minutes. They want to create stores that are not stores but are stores or not or something like that.


CRE data startup CrediFi raises $13M in Series B

News - The Real Deal

Real estate debt data company CrediFi landed $13 million in a Series B funding round, bringing its total capital raised to $23 million. Liberty Israel Venture Fund, which typically invests in Israeli tech companies, led the round, which also included 31 VENTURES Global Innovation Fund and existing investors, CrediFi said in a statement. The company plans to use the money on expanding its sales and marketing efforts, and on an unnamed “major upcoming product launch.”


Winter is Coming! But are you ready?

Blog - LinkedIn

Over the 18 months, I have been lucky enough to able to share Matterport's amazing technology with the Commercial Real Estate community. It has been a very interesting journey.


4 Ways Virtual Reality Technology is Improving the Office Leasing Process

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

The virtual reality market has made significant strides through 2017. New VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Google Daydream debuted amid great consumer and enterprise anticipation, while VR content launches kept pace garnering encouraging download totals.


Los Angeles hopes Snap’s IPO will seed a tech wealth boom

News Technology - The Seattle Times

Unlike the rival San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles hasn’t really cashed in on the technology boom. Real-estate agents, money managers and luxury-goods purveyors are hopeful the Snap stock offering will finally produce a wave of local tech millionaires and billionaires.


CRE Tech: Not Another Trend

Blog - Rescour

There’s no doubt that technology has drastically changed the way we live and work, and it promises even more substantial changes in the years to come. Technology exists to save us time while enhancing our everyday activities, never to create an extra hassle. From how we communicate with each other to how we purchase clothes or groceries, there is always a new way to optimize our current routines.


Apple to Open $5B Silicon Valley Campus in Spring

News - Commercial Property Executive

The doors of Apple Park, Apple Inc.’s $5 billion campus project in Cupertino, Calif., will swing open to the tech giant’s employees for the first time in April. Envisioned by late CEO Steve Jobs, the 2.8 million-square-foot development will ultimately be home to 12,000 workers.


Q&A: Matt McLarand’s Virtual Realty Viewpoint

Blog - Connect Commercial Real Estate

MVE recently launched a Virtual Reality (VR) experience for a number of CRE projects, and is leading the conversation about how developers can use VR to better market their properties. Here’s a few points MVE’s Matt McLarand shared with Connect Media about how to use VR to market and brand properties.


TECH CAUSES EVOLUTION, NOT REVOLUTION, IN MULTIFAMILY

News - 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.)


New Research Shows DOB Violations Increasing Across NYC

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

After a series of fatal accidents, the Department of Buildings (DOB) announced increased construction enforcement efforts in February 2016. In addition to adding new types of violations and raising fine amounts for hazardous infractions, the DOB added more inspectors to their ranks, all of which should point to an increase in violation issuance. It's been nearly a year since the launch of ramped up site safety initiatives - has the enforcement landscape changed since?


Tech Leader Breaks Ground on $47M HQ

News - Commercial Property Executive

WatchGuard Video will also design, engineer and manufacture body cameras and in-car video systems at its new corporate campus in Allen, Texas.


A SAN FRANCISCO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY THAT INNOVATES LIKE A SILICON VALLEY STARTUP

News - Bisnow

Truebeck Construction, formerly known as BNBT Builders, is the brainchild of Sean Truesdale and David Becker. The company, started in 2007, has grown to become a major general contractor for the Bay Area, with expertise in preconstruction and technical building across life science, healthcare, corporate campus, higher education, hospitality, mixed-use and data center developments. Embracing the challenge of handling technically complex projects, Truebeck Construction collaborates with some of the top tech giants in the area, and models its culture on the same commitment to excellence and inventiveness that makes those Silicon Valley leaders stand out. Truesdale sat down with Bisnow to talk about the company.


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!