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21 Real Estate Tech Leaders to Watch in 2015

08/05/2015

Things are really heating up in the real estate tech scene. At The News Funnel, we are keeping our eyes on these 15 leaders to see what's next for each of them. As these leaders continue to innovate and grow, their respective real estate tech sites, our bet is that the entire sector will follow in their wake.

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Nick Romito | Founder, VTS

Coming off his sites recent mind-boggling new capital raise, the entire real estate world is anxiously awaiting VTS's next move.

News About VTS:

VTS Raises $21M to bring Big Data to CRE

Connect with Nick:

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Jon Schultz | Co Founder, Onyx Equities

Serial investor and advisor to many industry startups, Jon has quickly positioned himself as the "go-to" investor and mentor for many startups.

News About Onyx Equities:

Onyx Equities Continues to Expand

Connect with Jon:

www.jonathanbschultz.com

Twitter

LinkedIn

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Brandon Weber | Founder, Hightower

Going head-to head with VTS, Hightower is a fast growing leasing management platform for the commercial real estate industry that helps landlords and brokers increase visibility, save time, and reach more tenants. They are also on a funding tear.

News About Hightower:

Hightower raises $13M in Series B 

Connect with Brandon:

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Jeff Finn | CEO, RealNex

Having built NAI Global into the world’s premier commercial real estate brokerage network, Jeff Finn and his partners are building a fully integrated, holistic technology solution for real estate professionals.

News About RealNex:

RealNex continues rapid growth with successful first half of 2015

Pavonisgroup.com/realnex

Connect with Jeff:

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Roy Abrams | Founder, RealConnex

As a former successful thx executive and real estate developer, Roy Abrams has spent years building one of the most anticipated new startups...RealConnex. Launching this coming  September 2015, RealConnex is a platform where real estate capital, investments and services connect so professionals can close deals faster and smarter. It could be a game changer for the industry.

News About RealConnex:

Realconnex.com

Connect with Roy:  

LinkedIn

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Andrew Florance | CEO, CoStar

Andrew Florance, founder of CoStar, created the first true internet-based business and grew it into the largest, most heavily trafficked site in the industry and a multibillion-dollar market cap. The recent acquisition of Apartments.com is further evidence that Florance is far from done in dominating the real estate information and data industry. Everyone is waiting see Florance's next move.

News About CoStar:

RealMassive and CoStar Continue to Battle it out in the Courts

Connect with Andrew:

LinkedIn

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Spencer Rascoff | CEO, Zillow

Spencer Rascoff has helped grow Zillow from its infancy to its 2011 IPO and recent merger with Trulia. Zillow has forever changed the nature of residential sales and marketing. Much speculation exists that Zillow will be acquired by the likes of Google or they will be moving into brokerage.

News About Zillow:

Zillow Acquires DotLoop

Connect with Spencer: 

Twitter

LinkedIn

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Stefan Martinovic | Founder, CREATE

Stefan’s creativity, passion and vision guided him to craft the most innovative solution to organize building and property information. CREATE. Create is the first real estate information platform for city-wide property & market data with beautiful, immersive 3D maps. Coming off of a fresh round of funding (link), we are anxious to see how Stefan scales his site.

News About CREATE:

CRE Startup Spotlight: Stefan Martinovic | Founder, CREATE

Create - The Ultimate Real Estate Information Site

Connect with Stefan: 

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Ash Zandieh | Founder, RE:Tech

After successfully launching RE:Tech, a leading global authority and trusted advisors to pioneering real estate companies, early stage real estate tech companies, Ash is now working on his latest real estate tech solution, Falkon. Falkon, a free iOS app, released this week by RE:Tech, will inform its users who owns a million buildings in New York City right in the palm of their hand.

News About RE:Tech:

Exclusive Interview with Ashkan Zandieh of RE:Tech | The ...

Connect with Ash: 

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Pierce Neinken, CRE // Tech

Founded by Pierce Neinken, CRE // Tech attracts hundreds of industry professionals at its bi-annual event, The Intersect. CRE // Tech Intersect is the commercial real estate (CRE) industry's leading symposium on emerging and innovative technologies. Pierce continues to expand his platform in many exciting ways.

News About CRE // Tech:

cretechintersect.com

Connect with Pierce:

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Ben & Dan Miller | Co Founders, Fundrise

Brothers, Dan and Ben Miller are revolutionizing the way people invest. Fundrise gives you access to investment opportunities from the best real estate companies in the country, all through one simple, transparent platform. The well capitalized company is expanding at a torrid pace. 

News About Fundrise:

First Crowdfunded  Real Estate Project Paying Off

Connect with Ben and Dan:

Ben’s Twitter and LinkedIn

Daniel’s Twitter and LinkedIn

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Richard Sarkis | CEO, Reonomy

With an impressive track record and extensive experience as an entrepreneur having launched and run a number of businesses, Rich Sarkis is revolutionizing the industry with his sites research platform. Reonomy enables CRE investors and lenders to conduct quant-based analyses in a matter of clicks.

News About Reonomy:

An Inside Look at Reonomy: CRE Property and Market ...

Connect with Richard:

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Riggs Kubiak | Founder, Honest Buildings 

Money is pouring in for Riggs Kubiak’s company, Honest Buildings. Honest Buildings is an automated bid management and procurement workflow platform for building owners. Honest Buildings’ tools bring order to a process that is, by nature, complex and chaotic; they centralize all of the communication and workflow tasks that happen within the procurement process, and then provide critical data that is incredibly difficult to gather without a technology solution

News About Honest Buildings:

An Inside Look at Honest Buildings CEO, Riggs Kubiak ...

Honest Buildings: A Social Network for Building Data

Connect with Riggs:

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Michael Mandel | Founder, CompStak

CompStak was born out of Michael's experience as a commercial leasing broker in Manhattan. He has been recognized for his success as Grubb & Ellis’ National Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Real Estate New York’s 30 under 30 in 2008.CompStak is a free lease comp exchange for brokers, appraisers and researchers. Landlords, lenders and investors receive fee-based access to data and analytics.

News About CompStak:

CompStak Redesigns Commercial Real Estate Lease Platform

Q&A with Michael Mandel

Connect with Michael:

Twitter

LinkedIn

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Robert Reffkin | Founder, Compass

Prior to founding Compass, Robert spent time as an executive at Goldman Sachs, Lazard and McKinsey & Company. Compass is building a smarter real estate experience for buyers, renters, and sellers with their NYC-based residential search engine.  

News About Compass:

Compass Releases the Results of Its Second Annual Agent Survey

Connect with Robert:

Twitter

Facebook

LinkedIn

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Vijay Mehra | Founder & CEO, REthink

Prior to founding REthink, Vijay worked as an investment analyst at First Industrial Realty Trust. REthink began as a CRM business specializing in services for agents and brokers, however, it has recently transformed into a complete real estate business management mixture for commercial and residential real estate.

News About REthink:

Increase Sales by 22% with REthink CRM

Connect with Vijay:

Twitter 

LinkedIn

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Jonathan Wasserstrum | CEO, TheSquareFoot

Jonathan started out working as an Analyst and Associate in the International Capital Group at Jones Lang LaSalle, before creating TheSquareFoot.  TheSquareFoot was created due to a lack of availability when searching for the perfect office space. It has now morphed into a full-service technology-based brokerage firm. 

News About TheSquareFoot:

Q&A with Jonathan

Connect with Jonathan:

LinkedIn 

Twitter

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Daniel Ceniceros | Founder & President, Connect Media

As the founder and current president of Connect Media, Daniel is working to connect people, info, and data to make it easier for real estate professionals’ to complete deals in CRE.  Connects mission is to “gather the people, information, news and data that create your world”.

News About Connect Media:

ConnectMediaco.com

Connect with Daniel:

LinkedIn 

Twitter

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Jilliene Helman | Founder & CEO, Realty Mogul

The founder and CEO of Realty Mogul, one of the hottest re tech startups, , Jilliene is a graduate of Georgetown University and was previously a Vice President at Union Bank where she spent time in Wealth Management, Finance and Risk Management. Jilliene saw a need for an online capital marketplace for real estate that would connect borrowers and sponsors to capital from qualified and institutional investors, which lead to her creation of Realty Mogul.

News About Realty Mogul:

Realty Mogul Takes Big Step by Offering Commercial Lending 

Crowdfunder Realty Mogul raises $35M in Series B

Connect with Jilliene:

LinkedIn 

Twitter

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Mark Gilbreath | Founder & CEO, LiquidSpace

Known as a “serial entrepreneur” Mark started LiquidSpace as an easily accessible market to list and find specific workspaces by the hour or day.  The perfect workplace is a necessity for everyone in business. Whether it be a spot for a small brain storming session or for top level executives looking to close a deal, Mark saw a need and created his business from that.

News About LiquidSpace:

Top Co-Working Spaces

Who will be the Airbnb of Office Space?

Connect with Mark:

Twitter

LinkedIn

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Jason Freedman | Co-Founder, 42Floors

Based in San Francisco, 42Floors was founded by Jason with the vision of simplifying how we discover and create dream office spaces. Online, 42Floors shows available spaces complete with high quality photography and the data you need to make a decision, it’s also 100% free to use.  Jason is currently refocusing 42Floors on its core search business.

News About 42Floors:

Back to our Roots

Connect with Jason:

LinkedIn

Twitter

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