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Episode 5: A Quick Chat with Omar Ramirez on the Experience Economy

In this exciting new episode, Omar Ramirez joins the Real Estate Tech Guys for a conversation on the experience economy. Omar works at one of the fastest growing technology companies and offers his unique insight into what the most challenging pieces have been for transitioning from an FM role to the workplace leadership role.

He notes one of the biggest challenges as the growth from office to office but this is lessened by having a great leadership team to depend on. They are experiencing a big transition in the facilities management world and transitioning to workplace experience, looking at the property and the entire employee lifecycle.

Omar and his team act as advocates rather than enforcers. As Omar phases out of the facilities management team and into the workplace team, he is more people focused with a more diverse background and a more diverse mindset to really encompass the entire lifecycle of people working within a property.

Varying backgrounds on his team allow for better ideas and a more wide range of knowledge. He is an advocate for the employees and their wants and needs. Omar goes in-depth on what today’s employees want and what they truly need to be productive in today’s office setting. His job is to study employees and determine what these people need. He looks at each employee as an individual to ensure each person is catered to within the property and this results in the company as a whole becoming more productive.

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Episode 6: Jennifer Conway on AI & How it Affects Real Estate

In this episode, Jennifer Conway of the MIT Investment Management Company helps the Real Estate Tech Guys get a handle on how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are impacting commercial real estate.

What does AI mean to a corporate real estate executive and what are some of the big lessons Jennifer has learned in working with the MIT portfolio? AI and machine learning are two different things. AI can be defined as anything that requires human intelligence to do. Machine learning just does not happen without a lot of good, clean, structured data.

Still, even with the data, there is a lack of acceptance of new technologies since real estate owners still struggle with being able to trust computers with no human verification behind the data. Companies like CrowdComfort bring in a human element and helps set a clear picture of demand.

Jennifer sees the potential for a huge explosion with AI & Machine Learning, but there are a few things she sees that may be obstacles to this advancement. Watch the video for more insight from real estate tech guru Jennifer Conway.

 

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http://crowdcomfort.com/real-estate-tech-guys/

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Episode 4: A Conversation with Nick Rancis on the Fraunhofer Institute

In this episode, The Real Estate Tech Guys sit down with Nick Rancis to learn about the Fraunhofer Institute in Boston. Nick works for Tech Bridge, a program at Fraunhofer which helps startups de-risk, validate, demonstrate and pilot technologies in a real-world setting. Getting from the inception stage to implementation is very challenging for any new technology. Tech Bridge helps startups integrate best practices for both customers and investors.

Nick also tells the Tech Guys what technologies he’s looking at as game changers in the corporate real estate space.

He shares his insights about the future of the market. Will bigger companies control it or will startups reshape the space entirely? He gives more detail on how he thinks companies can take advantage of all of the new ways to store energy.

For more information about the Fraunhofer Institute, visit their site. Meanwhile, watch the video to hear more about how they are spearheading technology research and solar power data from the insider himself – Nick Rancis, a Real Estate Tech Guru.

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Episode 3: Michael Beckerman on Self-Driving Cars and Other CRE Hot Buttons

In this episode, the Real Estate Tech Guys talk to Michael Beckerman, the CEO of CRETech, about AI and commercial real estate technology. First, we look at WeWork and how they have driven co-working innovation. We also chat about whether or not this will continue to expand, particularly because of all of the technology these co-working spaces offer to different types of companies and tenants.

Another big, game changing technology is self-driving cars, the “meteor that the commercial real estate doesn’t see coming.” This will impact the way buildings are built and will impact the way we experience real estate —with changing how we go to work and more. We’ll dive into these concepts in more depth with Michael.

The amount of growth that is happening in CRE tech is nothing short of incredible. There is extraordinary momentum even though CRE is typically the last industry to adopt technology. But this slow timeframe of adoption of technology is not because the commercial real estate industry is behind the times, but because it is difficult to determine which technologies are worth the time money.

The CRE business is highly successful and there hasn’t been a mandate needed for this new tech until now because landlords and brokers are looking for technology that attract tenants, retain tenants and keep them satisfied. The tenants are primarily looking for these technology solutions which is why there is a new need for this technology. The ecosystem is manifesting from both landlords seeking more efficient buildings and tenants looking for this high-end technology to make their business run more smoothly.

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Episode 2: Michael Beckerman on AI and CRE Tech

In our latest episode, the Real Estate Tech Guys sit down with Michael Beckerman, CEO of CRETech to discuss AI, WeWork, self-driving cars, and how these things can impact commercial real estate.

Everything is accelerating in commercial real estate technology. There has never been so much progress, traction and investment in technology for commercial real estate than in today’s world. There are plenty of great products and solutions that are making tenants’, landlords’ and corporations’ lives better.

The biggest trend that Michael sees is within buildings. WeWork is creating an experience for people in the workplace and AI and self-driving vehicles are coming into play as well. He believes WeWork is a true game changer; that AI is transforming commercial real estate; and that voice will be the next great platform.

“Voice is going to be a pivotal thing with how people communicate maintenance requests, conference rooms, and how they communicate property management issues,” says Michael. Even in everyday life, for example, if you talk about something, an ad will likely pop up the next day relating to what you were talking about. It’s tailored to your needs.

We also look at how CrowdComfort is gathering occupant data that hasn’t being gathered in meaningful ways before, and how this helps property owners and landlords better understand their tenants and what their tenants need.

Take a deep dive into what the future of commercial real estate will look like with AI, WeWork, and self-driving cars with input from Michael Beckerman.

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Episode 1: Meet the Real Estate Tech Guys

The intersection of real estate and technology is a hot market. There is so much tech available for consumers, but the real estate community isn’t adopting it or is very slow to adopt it. Why is this so? If the technology is there, why aren’t these large real estate companies jumping in and implementing this […]

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Why Phone Use at Work is vital in Today’s Office

Phone Use at Work

In the “Age of the App,” personal phone use provides productivity and ease of use simultaneously. Let your employees have their cake and Instagram it too!

 

Our smartphones. They are attached to us like a second-nature appendage. At home, in the car, or on the train these devices are always with us. 

Except at many workplaces.

 

Despite the fact that many people would rather skip a meal if meant putting their phones down, many employers still punish attempts to use a personal mobile device. It’s because phone use is still commonly seen as a personal break on professional time. But why?

 

After all, it is impossible to play Pokemon Go! while sitting still. So why do employers feel the need to look over their employees’ shoulders? They’ll still do the “iPhone shimmy” under the cubicle desk.

 

Phone use is shown to have work related benefits. Not the least of which is for use as a communication device. Using your phone to reach out to a contact may allow, and encourage, new work-related networking. Fluid use of mobile devices also allows for the development of productive ideas, on the go.

 

Smartphone use on company time also allows workers to continue mobile conversations in or outside the workspace. Lunch breaks still offer an outlet of productivity because mobile devices allow access to work documents. Most employees use their devices to handle work outside of normal office hours.
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6 Workplace Leader Actions to Advance Productivity

Productivity

Business leaders know, and research validates, that workplace conditions influence employee performance and engagement, and ultimately company productivity.

 

A safe, comfortable, and healthy working environment, in addition to social dialogue and technology, will advance productivity. This sounds pretty common sense, but the above conditions rely on six actions: Read more

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Connected Management and Operations for the Future

By Eric Graham — CEO; @begraham43

I never miss an opportunity to quote Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Beuller 


This quote could not be truer today when it comes to technology.


The most salient example comes from my own life: My dad was an architect who ran a successful architectural firm for over 50 years. He designed and built some of the most elegant structures I’ve ever seen. He had a gift for space, form, and function. My youth was filled with visits to wood, concrete and steel forms where site after site I watched him direct the various teams building each amazing structure.


These pleasant memories and experiences also helped me shape the idea for the company I lead today- @CrowdComfort. My dad was in complete creative control of the structures that he had drafted by hand into large paper masterpieces. True creative marvels emerged from those blank pages. He maintained his approach to the craft until the day he died. However CAD and similar software eventually became the standard. Things changed.
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Operational Ju-Jitsu: Actionable data through Crowdsourcing

Operational Ju-Jitsu

Operational Ju-Jitsu allows you to leverage crowdsourcing to provide advanced insights and data, which provide unique advantages.

 

By: Eric Graham – CEO; @begraham43

Crowdsourcing is not a fad. It’s a proven method of data collection and analytics that taps into the wisdom of the crowd. Even so, many operations managers and other professionals do not consider crowdsourcing as leading the list of reliable solutions to challenges. This may be because many operators of large buildings, enterprise campuses, or real estate holdings lack the so-called “crowdsourcing gene.”

Another possible reason for their reticence is the sense that, in sharing and eliciting feedback openly from everyone, the workplace becomes an asylum that is being run by the inmates.

Research has proven time and again that the crowd is smarter and more powerful than any one individual and that it consistently delivers create, highly effective solutions to all manner of problems. Read more