Mike's Weekly Picks: My 13 Favorite RE Tech Reads...

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

Grocers and the Digitally Engaged Food Shopper

Blog - Regency Centers

A three-year undertaking by Food Marketing Industry (FMI) and Nielsen called the Digitally Engaged Food Shopper explores the growing phenomena of the digitally engaged shopper. These shoppers are shaking up the grocery store industry. Key findings indicate grocers will reach digital maturation and saturation faster than any other industry before them, including publishing and banking.

Big Data 101: For Real Estate Brokers

Blog - REthink CRE

Big data, by definition, is large sets of data that can be incredibly complex and extensive. The data can be gathered and extracted from many different sources, and the number of sources are increasing constantly in the current age of technology. The data is being extracted from social media activity, internet browsing activity and even location information based on your mobile device and where you are.

Placester Raises $50 Million in Series D Funding

Blog - Placester

Today marks a pivotal company milestone for Placester. With a new round of funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), we have reached $100 million dollars invested into Placester. I want to say thank you — thank you to the members of our community who have trusted us to help you build and grow your businesses. We couldn’t have done this without you.

IBS’s Imperium Lease Management/Accounting Platform Receives Acumatica Version 6.1 Certification

Press Release - Integrated Business Solutions

Imperium Powered by Acumatica, Integrated Business Systems’ (IBS’s) cloud-based lease management/accounting software has received Acumatica-Certified Application (ACA) status for the newly released Acumatica 6.1 platform. Version 6.1 includes several important enhancements with direct benefits for commercial real estate owners and operators.

Ikea moves into the smart home space

News - Business Insider

Ikea is joining the smart home market with a line of connected lights, The Verge reports. Known as Trådfri, the line — which includes lights, sensor triggers for lights, lighting panels, and a remote control — will be available for purchase in Sweden starting March 31.


Industrious Acquires PivotDesk, Announces $25M Follow-On Round

News - AllWork

Industrious, the premium workspace provider, today announces the acquisition of PivotDesk, the Boulder-based office-sharing marketplace connecting growing businesses with office space. PivotDesk will operate as a subsidiary of Industrious. The company is also announcing a $25M Series B follow-on round led by Riverwood Capital.

Announcing the new Apto Mobile App

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

It’s now easier than ever for Apto customers to take the power of the industry's leading deal management platform with them. Optimized to give brokers what they need when away from their desks, the mobile app helps brokers save time and be more prepared and productive wherever they are.


Could an Amazon augmented reality store shake up appliance and furniture shopping?

News - Retail Wire

As we wait to see how Amazon’s physical retail concepts will pan out, the retailer has begun to play with more futuristic ideas. One of these concepts could steal the ball from other high-profile retailers experimenting with augmented reality (AR) and run with it.

Silicon Alley- NYC Commitment to Tech

Blog - The Balance Sheet Yardi Corporate Blog

Manhattan’s Union Square will soon welcome a new tech ecosystem that will provide a gateway to technology careers for thousands of New Yorkers.

A French billionaire is turning this huge, abandoned railway building into the world's biggest startup campus

News - Business Insider

When it comes to hobbies, some tech billionaires are off trying to buy land in New Zealand to prepare for Doomsday. Not Xavier Niel, who is one of France's richest men and worth £7 billion, according to Forbes.  Niel is spending his millions turning an old railway depot in Paris into what he claims is the world's biggest startup campus.

6 groundbreaking examples of tech innovations inspired by biomimicry

Blog - Inhabitat

Da Vinci was definitely on to something when he observed birds and copied their forms to create his own wings for flight. Although biomimicry wasn’t ultimately successful in helping Da Vinci achieve flight, it has a solid track record for getting engineers, thinkers, and inventors to approach problems in design and technology by returning to nature and its processes. Here are six examples of how observing and imitating nature lead to designs that can improve issues in the modern world.



News - Bisnow

Technology has changed the way tenants interact with their home environment. It has altered unit layouts, installed smart devices in walls and ceilings, and shifted residents’ routines.

Meeting Expectations: Smarter Customer Experiences

Blog - Jon Schultz

The unbelievable speed at which technology is infiltrating our daily lives has created an era where customers are empowered. They can browse and purchase what they want, where they want, whenever they want. We are so much more demanding now that we have a voice that can travel through social media and make an impact on product and services.  In fact, today’s consumers expect companies to quickly innovate in accordance with their changing preferences, as a new study by Salesforce suggests that 70% of consumers agree that technology has made it easier than ever to take their business elsewhere.

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!