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Five Commercial Real Estate Brokers Who Made the Switch to Tech


Some of the most successful start-ups are typically the ones where someone with an insider’s perspective in a particular industry sees a problem or an opportunity, and sets out to solve it.

The real estate tech industry is no different in that regard. Here are five successful commercial real estate brokers who have taken the leap and are building some of the fastest-growing, dynamic start-ups in the tech scene.


Michael Mandel – Co-Founder & CEO | 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.

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn

Follow Michael on Twitter: @CompstakCEO

Follow Compstak on Twitter: @Compstak

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Jonathan Wassterstrum – CEO | theSquareFoot

After working in the International Capital Group at Jones Lang LaSalle where he advised foreign and domestic clients on more than $3 billion worth of transactions globally, Jonathan realized the search for office space was a struggle for many tenants.  He figured there had to be a better way, and TheSquareFoot was born.

TheSquareFoot is an online platform that simplifies commercial real estate leasing by connecting prospective tenants with landlords, brokers, and other service and product providers. Tenants get an easy way to search listing and manage the process; landlords get a more efficient way to market properties.

Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn

Follow TheSquareFoot on Twitter: @TheSqFt

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Nick Romito – Founder & CEO | VTS

Before launching VTS, Nick worked as a commercial broker and tenant and landlord representative for Murray Hill Properties and AM Properties. Realizing there were no technology platforms to help centralize leasing activity, analytics, and marketing, Nick started working on VTS.

VTS gives asset managers & leasing teams a single platform to track deals, manage space & collaborate seamlessly.

Follow Nick on Twitter: @NickRomito

Follow VTS on Twitter: @viewthespace

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Brandon Weber – Founder & CEO | Hightower

After earning two degrees in computer science at Carnegie Mellon, Brandon spent the first half of his career developing software experiences for millions of people, first working on Microsoft’s Excel team, then joining Zillow to work on what is today Zillow Mortgages. Brandon then started at CBRE as a leasing broker.

Hightower is a leasing management platform for the commercial real estate industry that helps landlords and brokers increase visibility, save time, and reach more tenants.

Connect with Brandon on LinkedIn

Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonGWeber

Follow Hightower on Twitter: @Hightower

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Justin Bedecarre – Co-Founder | 42Floors

Born out of similar frustrations as his colleagues, Justin co-founded 42Floors after spending time as a broker at Cushman & Wakefield.  He knew there must be a better way to search for office space.

42Floors was founded in November 2011 with the goal of making office space search three things it has never been: beautiful, easy, and transparent. gives users a free, comprehensive database of available office spaces, complete with high quality photography and crucial data about the listings.

Connect with Justin on LinkedIn

Follow 42Floors on Twitter: @42Floors

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