Friday, March 1, 2019

Golden InfoNuggets - Business, CRE, Tech, Blockchain and AI - February 18 - March 1


BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE and TECH GOLDEN INFONUGGETS

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Commercial Real Estate, Technology, Blockchain & AI


Andreas Senie (11 years - sales, real estate).  CRE COLLABORATIVE (CRECO) - #CRE #TECHNOLOGY 2.0 (new release). "Ushering in a new era in CREtech, 2.0 Technology is all about #connectivity and innovating technology #tools that CRE professionals are already using daily.  #Communication and #data tools need to all be available on one platform, that a user can access seamlessly, available across all #platforms & #devices.  This makes a #professional's everyday #workflow more #efficient without wasting time or resources on tasks like data input, validation and access." EARLY ACCESS: Lnkd.in/dedFk_p #Development #Transactions #Opportunities #CommercialRealEstate #Investor #Owners #Brokers #PropTech #FinTech #Blockchain #Analysis #Business #Data #Science #Research #Expansion #Investment #Startup; edited; interview summarymedia release; more next week- LinkedIn Post.  Interview #takeaways:
  • Why more #collaboration? There are  5,000 POINT tech solutions servicing CRE through #PropTech and #CREtech [all with different #UIs and #Data Sets].
  • CRE Collaborative Inc?  Let's you push and pull data between the technology solutions you're already using by integrating with these platforms. 
  • How's tech #changing CRE?  Tech continues to shape CRE, but certain parts of the industry will remain the same regardless of technological innovation - relationship-based business" (edited from Quantum Listing)
  • This is an #Integrated #Broker / #Investor / #Developer / #Lender / #ServiceProfessional #Platform!  

Justin Wu (18 years - software, crypto, blockchain).   #SIMSWAPPING #CRYPTO #HACK. "AT&T cellular/susidiaries are being sued for $200M+ for #CryptoCurrency hacks via SIM swapping - for charges on fraud and negligence by the network, through a SIM hack where attackers copied and hijacked an owner's #ID. More and more people are being hacked and drained of all their crypto. It's even happening on #TMobile too. This seems like an inside job by employees targeting blockchain professionals across the board. There are chat groups now of those affected that are looking to take action. Diversify #security and storage of your #portfolio. Store safely on wallets and cold storage.  #bitcoin #blockchain #crypto"  #2019predictions #Technology #Analysis #Business #Data #Investment #SmallBusiness; edited; base report; photo creditLinkedIn Comment.


Trrend CRE Software.   GROWING #CRE #SOFTWARE “The CRE industry has been slow to embrace how #technology can boost almost every aspect of activity.  However, the pace is speeding up as more and more CRE agencies see technology as crucial [to survival], due to:  Competition Amongst #Agencies; Demand for #Data and #Digital Information; The #Millennial Influence; and Continuing #Broker’s Role.”  #2019predictions #Analysis #Business #PropTech #Research #Expansion #Investment #SmallBusiness #Startup; edited - LinkedIn Comment 


Todd Tretsky (25 years - real estate finance) noted  #CRE SYSTEMS that CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS.  "Members of Forbes Real Estate Council discuss some of the #technologies that have helped them get ahead:  STDB, #Investor Portals; #AI-Powered Commercial Listing Services; #Podio; #Google; #VR Property Tours; #Cloud Computing; #Programmable Spaces and Space Optimization Tools; #Building Information Modeling and Robotics; #Facebook's Lookalike Audiences. #CRE #Blockchain #Analysis #Business #Data #Science #PropTech #Research #Expansion #Investment #Startup #GoldenInfoNuggets; edited - Lnkd.in/eKUq4iz


Propmodo (2 years - CRE, publishing).   "#CRE #TOKENIZATION - as one of the hottest (and most controversial) trends in #PropTech today, we conducted a 'deep dive' and were excited to meet with talented and ambitious #entrepreneurs going after a massive market #opportunity, and multiple properties have already been '#tokenized.'   The promise of a 'liquid real estate #StockExchange' and the 'ease and lower costs of asset transfer' were particularly appealing.  We came in relatively bullish, and eager to find a company to place a big bet, interviewed 8 early-stage #startups, learn then publish more, and potentially tokenize our own #assets.  The main potential benefits of real estate tokenization are #democratization, #liquidity and #efficiency."  [See succinct #definition of #tokenization on #blockchain.]  (#Technology #Analysis #Business #Data #Research #Expansion #Investment #SmallBusiness; edited - Lnkd.in/eqCns5u):
  • "WHY INVESTORS and SPONSORS TOKENIZE ASSETS.  #Investors want exposure to their portfolio.  Purchasing a fraction of multiple properties gains much more and diversified exposure, with the potential of liquidity for the tokens. #Sponsors (developers/general partners) want less-expensive and more-forgiving capital vs traditional lending institutions.  Decreasing the minimum investment attracts a more diverse investor base. Fractional owners have less governance than institutional investors who traditionally control major decision rights (e.g. when to sell or refinance).  The #blockchain promises lower costs since there will be reduced need for lawyers and less subscription paperwork."  Lnkd.in/ebRkrYX
  • "#STARTUP BUSINESS MODELS. The majority are tokenizing single #assets and forming an #REIT structure.  They will then issue shares (tokens) of the REIT (T-REIT), which are backed by the single asset.  However, startups took a different approach - tokenizing CRE #PrivateEquity #funds, such as with #blockchain-focused #VC funds.  There are fees and some form of data analytics."   Lnkd.in/eA3F_sM
  • "POTENTIAL #BENEFITS 1 - #Democratization.  Many companies' missions are 'democratizing the CRE #asset class' so high-net-worth (#HWN) and retail investors can highlight their #portfolios, allowing more investors to participate in institutional-quality CRE.  The downside for #investors:  the sponsor/developer will have more #control over many small versus a few #institutional investors.  With a tokenized #asset, there's no 'lead investor' making the big decisions, e.g. when to #sell or #refinance. Research the tokenization platform's #OperatingAgreements re buying, selling, refinancing, upgrading, and voting rights perhaps in a #SmartContract."  Lnkd.in/emgsSan
  • "POTENTIAL #BENEFITS 2 - #Liquidity.  The CRE #market lacks any real liquidity for a minority interest. Tokenization #platforms can provide liquidity by making these interests available to a pool of buyers and sellers similar to a stock exchange.  The goal is for #blockchains to enable trading 24/7 with near-instant settlement.  We see #crowdfunding platforms already making progress in liquidity.  These are #centralized, but right now, tokenization platforms are also.  Tokenization #startups that we spoke with will have an 'OTC Desk' - buyers and sellers post #IndicationsOfInterest, and the platform facilitates the trade."  Lnkd.in/eDYmYHH


PMD Business Inc noted HOW #BLOCKCHAIN-BASED SMART #CONTRACTS COULD REVOLUTIONIZE #CRE.  In Deloitte's report, they "reveal how technology can advance #leasing, #purchase and #sale transactions, time and #cost #benefits, and increase #security and #transparency (#2019predictions #AI #Blockchain #Analysis #Business #Data #Research #Expansion #Investment #Startup: edited- Lnkd.in/ecHS_pJ):
  • The next big thing in #CRE;
  • Benefits and opportunities of blockchain #technology;
  • Blockchain #opportunities and #challenges;
  • Unlock the #potential of blockchain technology." 

Aaron Stanley (11 years - business, writer/editor) of CoinDesk.  "#MAURITIUS LOOKING TO BECOME A #BLOCKCHAIN #HUB.  The #African island is a successful economy as technology and financial services hub - it's adding blockchain to fortify its competitive advantage and drive continued #innovation (#Technology #Analysis #FinTech #Research #Expansion #Investment #SmallBusiness #Startup; edited - Lnkd.in/e2dc2XW):
  • Open invitation to operate in financial, medical and communications technology regulatory areas despite the absence of a formal legislative or licensing framework.
  • Strong, internationally-recognized #business and #governance environment, ala World Bank's annual survey, and build-up of #communications infrastructure - free #WiFi and full, #FiberOptic connections.
  • Bridge to big #markets - venue for #FinancialServices companies looking to make the jump into new markets on the African continent. Many of the world's largest unbanked populations exist, and many African states would like to emulate Mauritius' structure.
  • #Bilingual workforce speaks both English and French, 2/3 Indian descent and close cultural and economic ties to #India - a $2T economy projected to surpass #China population soon."

Commercial Real Estate and Business


Todd Tretsky (25 years - real estate finance) noted Ely Razin (30 years - legal, finance, entrepreneur).  "#GROWTH in #LIFESCIENCES #INNOVATION TRIGGERS #DEMAND for #CRE #CLUSTERS.  The life sciences industry is taking off, with life-science innovation rising, so is demand for the #space in which to innovate, and CRE is a key component for collaborative R&D environments and incubator spaces in innovation clusters around the globe.  [Article describes] some of those life sciences CRE markets are doing:  San Diego, Boston-Cambridge, Indiana, and Chicago."  #Technology #AI #Blockchain #Analysis #Business #Data #Science #BioTech #PropTech #FinTech #Research #Expansion #Investment #Startup; edited - Lnkd.in/eP_Q7dP

Brock Freeman (13 years - finance, entreprener) suggested, "Add in #Blockchain based #SmartSecurities to a #CRE fund or asset, and it gets even better."  Re: "PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE to PRIVATE REITS.  High-net-worth investors representing $51B in assets showed record-high average 33% of their #portfolios in #private #RealEstate #investments.  Although not all funds are guaranteed this level of success, we believe that #PrivateEquity real estate #funds can offer investors a safe and profitable model (#Technology #Analysis #Business #Data #Research; edited - Lnkd.in/eNk6Diu):
  • More #WealthBuilding power;
  • As-needed funding reduces #risk;
  • Superior risk-adjusted #returns;
  • Post-sale or refinance #distribution;
  • Manager fees paid only after the investor makes money;
  • PE funds with under $200 million in equity yielded an average net #IRR of 18.5%."

Michael Beckerman (29 years - public relations, real estate) noted.  "RISING #SPEED of #TECHNOLOGICAL #ADOPTION (#SmallBusiness #Startup #GoldenInfoNuggets; edited - Lnkd.in/dWh9__A):
  • Microwaves, #mobiles, #socialmedia and other inventions from the modern era all show fast-rising adoption rates. Standing out most is the #tablet computer, which went from nearly 0% to 50% adoption in five years or so.  
  • Newer technologies get adopted quickly partly because modern tech needs less #infrastructure in contrast with the #utilities that had to be installed throughout the 20th century.
  • However, today’s #consumers are connected, fast-acting and not afraid to adopt the new technologies that can quickly impact their lives for the better."

Alejandro Cremades (14 years - law, finance, entrpreneur).  #STARTUP #INVESTOR EXPECTATIONS at EVERY #FINANCING #STAGE.  "To crush your next #fundraising round, knowing what investors want can be 90% of the battle, but it changes at every round of funding, just as your needs in an investor evolve."  #Analysis #Business #Data #Research #Investment #SmallBusiness; edited - Lnkd.in/e-AdZ8j):
  • "#FRIENDSandFAMILY (#FandF#ROUND - $250K or more - extending to FandF of friends, still mostly about believing in YOU for attracting additional investors.  Beyond immediate family, create a professional and organized presentation, showing real #ROI, homework [knowing your real #expenses and attracting a great #ManagementTeam], #planning for worst to best case, how to protect them, and achieving maximum #profit with room for future investors."  Lnkd.in/dZUZFsk
  • "#SEED SERIES - begin bringing in angels and accelerators, who put most of the weight on you as the entrepreneur, though some will give more weight to your idea,  your business capabilities, entrepreneurial grit, and a combination.  As more VCs and other larger investors put money in at this stage, expect their expectations to grow.  This money may be used for more research, hard product costs, hiring and building out your team. Due diligence and actual data expected is likely based on the size of investor - some may be ready to write you a check based on your presentation, others may want to talk to your customers."  Lnkd.in/eZ_D_PC 
  • "#SeriesA & #SeriesB - investors are going to expect to see some hard data to show plenty of feedback from users, business validation, momentum and strong metrics.   You may not be making money yet, or not be profitable, but demonstrate that fueling operations for the next 12 months with more capital will produce some predictable results, warrant a higher valuation and encourage more funding [if needed].   The expectations on Series A having a clear market fit while on Series B investors are going to need validation on the revenue drivers."  Lnkd.in/ePHr5PT 
  • "#SeriesC - get ready for some serious #DueDiligence. In previous rounds one strong and respected lead investor may have performed most of the due diligence and others mostly followed suit. You've had much more time to develop the business, and will be trying to raise significantly more #capital.   They will be going through #financials, visiting locations and talking to you weekly, if not daily.  You should have a proven business, a solid #model, just need to #scale the amazing system you’ve created, #planning international #expansion, and replicating an existing model that works in other #markets.  In most cases, investors at this stage are looking for the possibility of an #exit soon.  [An #ExitStrategy should be part of your #BusinessPlan and refinements from day one]." Lnkd.in/e2WJU9K
  • #SeriesD and Beyond.  More startups are conducting #extended rounds, probably due to investors being more patient and seeing more value in not going #IPO.  This is a strategic opportunity to roll up more of the #market or expand into key markets, both increasing #value.  Expect extra, sophisticated #DueDiligence - going knee deep into your business.  It may be excruciating, but should deliver substantial #capital."  Lnkd.in/g8xRRAG 

JLL.  "#COWORKING IS COMING TO #HOTELS.  It's not just #offices that are adapting to new, flexible ways of working - hotels are increasingly are transforming underused #spaces in communal areas or outdated business centers into modern, vibrant coworking spaces ( #2019predictions #CRE #Technology #Analysis #Business #PropTech #Research #Expansion #Investment #Startup; edited - Lnkd.in/e7Gk98j):
  • A new type of hotel #lobby - a prime area to transform into a coworking space; 
  • The #PayToStay model - some have monetized work-friendly spaces similar to traditional coworking; 
  • Recipe for #success - areas need to be able to fit both the hotel’s #brand and the needs of #users."

Don Catalano (30 years - real estate). "TOP #CRE ARTICLES, REOPTIMIZER, JANUARY (#AI #Analysis #Business #Data #PropTech #Research #Expansion #Investment #Startup; edited - Lnkd.in/ebt6-ib):
  • #Technology #Trends for #CRE in 2019 - Beyond the awareness and talk, there's real action as builders are now becoming more creative through the use of technology - summaries start at Lnkd.in/eF3c9-Z;
  • Common #Pitfalls to Avoid in CRE - ensure that you carry out an in-depth research and, perhaps, consult the advice of an experienced tenant rep broker;
  • CRE #Trends for 2019 - how they can impact your company's tennancy;
  • CRE #Terms - understand the language associated with the profession - it can get confusing;
  • #Design Trends for Commercial Interiors - work environment will have a direct impact on your workflow and productivity."


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