Mike's Weekly Picks: My 15 Favorite RE Tech Reads...

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


Rentalutions Raises $2 Million to Help DIY Landlords Solve the Rental Process

Press Release - Rentalutions

Rentalutions, the Chicago-based online platform that streamlines the rental process for do-it-yourself (DIY) landlords and their tenants, today announced it closed a $2 million funding round led by Cultivation Capital. This new round of funding will allow Rentalutions to add new features to automate common time-consuming and expensive processes, including finding and screening tenants, accepting payments and managing maintenance requests.

3 productivity apps for CRE brokers in 2017

Blog - Apto

As a commercial real estate broker,  you have to ensure you’re making the best use of your time at any given moment. Productivity and efficiency are the name of the game. And with today’s technology, there are plenty of tools that can help you get more done both in the office and on the go.

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State of the Art: The Rise of the Fat Start-Up

News - New York Times

In 2003, Keith Rabois, a longtime Silicon Valley investor and executive, had an ambitious idea: He wanted to start a website that would instantly offer a fair price for your home. If you accepted the offer, the site would agree to buy your house immediately, closing the deal in a matter of days.

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A look inside Facebook's New York office, where employees of the $435 billion company enjoy virtual reality games and an in-house pastry chef (FB)

News - Business Insider

Facebook is one of the world's most desirable places to work thanks to incredible perks, impressive salaries, and great corporate culture. The Menlo Park, California-based tech giant, which has a current market cap of $435.11 billion, consistently earns top spots on "best places to work" and "hottest companies" rankings. To see what all the fuss is about, Business Insider visited Facebook's Manhattan office in November ... and let's just say, we get it.

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A Profile of the type of CRE tech executive who I would bet on succeeding

Blog - theBrokerList

I haven’t invested in other people’s sites to date (but I am always open to a pitch). If I did, I would strongly consider investing in Juniper Square! Why? For me, it’s not just about the site. In fact, the site is usually the least important to me. It’s all about the team! As someone who has been working at my own start up for the past few years, and has literally spoken to hundreds of other startups in the CRE space, the journey towards building a successful site usually never goes in a straight line.

Co-living gets more cash as shared housing developer HubHaus raises $1.4 million

News - Tech Crunch

Shruti Merchant had a problem when she moved to San Francisco a few years ago. She didn’t really know anyone in the SF scene and, because she was working all the time, didn’t really have a chance to get connected to a group she could call her own. It’s an old story for anyone moving out to a new place, but for Merchant, and others like her, the idea that there can be a better way to move to a place, and live in a city, has led to the creation of new co-living spaces.

CompStak, Xceligent partner up

News - The Real Deal

Real estate tech companies Xceligent and CompStak reached a deal to integrate their online platforms, in an apparent bid to better compete with New York market leader CoStar.

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#CREtech Exhibitors: Yardi

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

Now in its fourth decade, Yardi® is committed to the design, development and support of software for real estate investment management, property management and energy management. With the Yardi Commercial Suite™, Yardi Multifamily Suite™, Yardi Investment Suite™ and Yardi Orion® Business Intelligence, Yardi Voyager® is a full business real estate management platform that includes portfolio-wide business intelligence and platform-wide mobility.

Diversifying Real Estate Investment Opportunities with RealConnex

Blog - RealConnex

Enter RealConnex, the most comprehensive commercial real estate site on the Internet. Launched in 2014, we’re an online meeting place where real estate professionals can connect to new opportunities, capital, and investments. We’re Match.com meets LinkedIn, with thousands of real estate professionals from all over the world and in all industries ready to connect.


Press Release - Dreamit

Leading global startup accelerator, Dreamit, announced today it will launch its newest “urban technology” vertical – dubbed UrbanTech – in Tampa, Florida. The program will begin in September of 2017. Dreamit’s partner in the venture is renowned investor and owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jeff Vinik.

Did I just witness a major Commercial Real Estate brokerage disruptor at RECON 2017?

Blog - Massimo Group

Yesterday I set my alarm for 3:45 am, so I could catch the long flight home from Las Vegas after attending several days of ICSC’s RECon 2017 conference. I had a hard time sleeping as I was revisiting all my meetings, observations, and key lessons from this whirlwind event. I even found myself wondering if I had just seen the end of commercial brokerage as we know it. Although RECon 2017 is focused on retail, there were several key takeaways I saw – that apply to all facets of brokerage.

New York Real-Estate Titans Eye Investments in Tech Startups

News - Wall Street Journal

As the real-estate technology sector expands, some major New York real-estate families on the hunt for promising investments have decided to take their networking to a higher level.


Press Release - Tenant Tracker

VisionTech Angels, one of Indiana’s most active angel investing groups, has invested in Indianapolis-based startup, Tenant Tracker, increasing the stable of companies in its investment portfolio to 24. The VisionTech Angels investment was matched by Elevate Ventures.

#CREtech Exhibitors: Real Capital Markets (RCM)

Blog - Real Estate Tech News

Real Capital Markets (RCM) is the world’s leading online marketplace for buying & selling commercial real estate. Trusted by more than 300,000 industry participants around the globe, RCM’s suite of online tools has enabled buyers and sellers to connect and transact more than $1.8 trillion in commercial property online.

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

News - Washington Post

Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

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! 

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