MIKE'S WEEKLY PICKS: MY 15 FAVORITE RE TECH READS...

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


5 Tech Trends Shaping the CRE Industry

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

Technology has reshaped how CRE professionals conduct and manage every aspect of business over the last decade. What started as long databases in Excel are now sophisticated automated systems integrated with contact databases, email, and accounting systems. The number of startups addressing industry pain points continues blossoming.


HOW INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST CAN HELP COMMERCIAL BROKERS EXPAND THEIR BUSINESS

News - Bisnow

Most commercial real estate brokers have mastered LinkedIn for networking, and are familiar with Facebook and Twitter, which round out the big three of corporate social media, but there are other social media platforms that should not be neglected when establishing an online presence. Instagram and Pinterest create an easy, fast and personal way to stand out to potential clients.


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Airbnb CEO offers property hosts bigger role in company

News - Reuters

Airbnb, the leading online marketplace for short-term lodging, on Tuesday invited some of the owners of properties listed on its service, known as hosts, to attend executive board meetings and offered them more direct contact with its chief executive, in an attempt to give the people vital to the company's success a greater say in how it is run.


REAL ESTATE TECH COMPANIES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WORK TOGETHER TO IMPLEMENT SMART CITY TECHNOLOGY

News - Bisnow

Futuristic technologies like self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and 3D printing are changing the way public and private entities work together to design cities. Smart city tech is already being used to improve building performance, transportation and environmental impact, experts at a recent ULI San Diego-Tijuana District Council event said, though technology and data do come with the challenge of managing cybersecurity threats, GlobeSt reports.


TECH-SAVVY TENANTS WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF OFFICE SPACE

News - Bisnow

Ten years ago, few were predicting the rise of creative office space or the popularity of open floor plans. Ten years from now — or even in a few years — the shape of office will have changed again to meet the fast-changing demands of tenants that are increasingly exacting about their needs, thanks to Big Data and the Internet of Things.


RealtyShares Raises $32.9M for Midwest Real Estate Projects Through Crowdfunding

News - Realty Biz News

SAN FRANCISCO — RealtyShares, a leading online marketplace for real estate investing, has released new data showing the extent of crowdfunded investments in several Midwest real estate markets.
Developers, sponsors and borrowers in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois have raised $32.9 million to date from RealtyShares’ network of investors, offering a source of financing for real estate projects by leveraging technology to connect potential investors with expertly vetted real estate deals.


LEASE FLEXIBILITY, CONNECTIVITY AND A SENSE OF COMMUNITY ARE PARAMOUNT IN THE DIGITAL AGE

News - Bisnow

Technology is fundamentally changing the professional dynamic, attitudes toward work and interactions among colleagues. Savvy office property managers must look at their tenants’ new habits, actions, preferences and choices to anticipate and respond to their needs, according to Boxer Property president Justin Segal. These shifts have dramatically altered an office property manager's job description. “If multifamily hadn’t taken 'community manager,' that’s what we’d call office PMs,” Segal said.


COMPANIES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO IMPACT CITY DESIGN USING SMART TECHNOLOGY

News - Bisnow

Futuristic technologies like self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and 3D printing are changing the way public and private entities work together to design cities. Smart city tech is already being used to improve building performance, transportation and environmental impact, experts at a recent ULI San Diego-Tijuana District Council event said, though technology and data do come with the challenge of managing cybersecurity threats, GlobeSt reports.


How San Diego’s Smart City Tech Is Reducing Traffic, Saving Energy

News - ULI

San Diego is rolling out the largest city-based Internet of Things (IoT) network in the world, with deployment 3,200 smart sensors to upgrade the city’s infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for residents, announced San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at a press conference.


The (Virtual) Reality of Tech in Retail

Blog - SIMONCRE

One day, in the not too distant future, virtual reality will be able to eliminate, or at least blur, the limitations of space and time. For retailers, the reality of this opens a world of possibilities.


5 Digital Tactics for Adding More Contacts to Your Rolodex

Blog- REThinkCRE

Expanding your network and growing your contact list is critical to success in real estate, as the larger your network the more potential clients you may have. While there are the traditional ways of gaining more contacts through networking events, exchanging business cards or getting introductions from current contacts, there are also now ways to utilize the internet to grow your rolodex in different ways.


Customer Demand & Competition Driving CRE Firms to Hire Tech Experts in Key Senior Roles

Blog - VTS

As more commercial real estate companies embrace technology—from cloud-based data storage to lease administration software to project tracking platforms—they’re looking to beef up their technology teams by adding technology experts in key senior roles.


For Companies In A Virtual Environment, The Focus Is On The Work, Not The HQ

News - Bisnow

For many of today's companies, where they — and their employees — are working is often less important than the work they do. This emphasis on the final product, particularly in the tech field, but also in others, is driving demand for companies that operate more in a virtual space.


Driverless cars: creating more business for brokers

Blog - Buildout

It’s been predicted that most people won’t actually stop driving for at least another 15 – 20 years, but a driverless future is coming. Google and Tesla are aiming to launch cars that drive themselves as soon as possible, and Uber recently founded a R&D team to focus on driverless vehicles.


6 cool CRE mapping tools to try today

Blog - Apto

They don’t just communicate location. They can show spatial relativity, economic trends, the movement of people, environmental phenomenon, and so much more. Isn’t that something you think your clients and prospects would like to see the next time you’re giving a presentation or pitch?


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!