SAP Leonardo Center - 10 Hudson Yards, 48th Floor, New York, NY

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 13 2019 - 6 PM

Event Details

It's no surprise that the real estate industry is ripe for disruption. There has been a surge of investment in technology focused on bringing it into the 21st century. In 2017 alone, venture capital firms invested nearly $13 billion in real estate technology and have shown no signs of slowing down.

NY Regional Leader Angel Olvera ('16) orchestrated a panel discussion with founders who are leading some of the most innovative real estate tech startups in the industry.

Moderator Zach Aarons, Co-Founder of MetaProp NYC, one of the leading real estate tech accelerators, led our curated panel in a discussion about the current real estate tech landscape, what’s trending and which segments of the industry are still ripe for innovation. Zach kept the conversation informative and entertaining as he engaged the speakers and the audience in a lively discussion.

Panelists shared their personal stories about how they found their niche, which industry problems and challenges they're solving and some of the bumps and successes they've had along the way. They also discussed some of the opportunities and advantages of partnering with a tech startup and talked about some of the PropTech companies they admired.

Panelists included:

Preceding the event, speakers and attendees enjoyed a networking reception and breathtaking views from the Leonardo Center on the 48th floor of 10 Hudson Yards.

Speaker Bios:

Zach Aarons has been working at the intersection of real estate and venture capital for the past decade. Zach is the most active early-stage PropTech investor in the United States, having funded over 60 startups in the space as an individual as well as 40 startups (and counting) through MetaProp NYC's venture capital funds. In addition to early-stage investing, Zach has worked on large scale mixed-use development projects in cities like Boston and Los Angeles with Millennium Partners. He has experience with real estate development, commercial asset management, property marketing, and commercial leasing.

Robyn Beavers ('03, MBA '10) has been an innovator in clean energy, tech, and real estate for the past 15 years, wearing both entrepreneurial and investing hats. She began her career at Google, reporting directly to the co-founders working on strategic initiatives as they took the company public. Robyn went on to found Google's first business unit focused on incorporating clean energy generation across the company's global operations. Since then she has built new ventures and programs for Vestas Wind A/S in Copenhagen, Dean Kamen at DEKA R&D, the U.S. Department of Energy and NRG Energy, where she was Senior Vice President of Innovation. Most recently, she was an executive at Lennar, where she built the firm’s first corporate venture platform while incubating Blueprint Power Technologies. Over the course of her career, Robyn has deployed over $50M worth of projects and investments in new energy and tech platforms and raised over $40M for the commercialization of distributed energy and water technologies. Today, Robyn Beavers is the CEO and co-founder of Blueprint Power, a new NYC-based real estate tech company that turns buildings into power plants.

John Meadows: Prior to co-founding Bowery, John worked at Leitner Group, now BBG, the largest independent appraisal firm in New York City. In his 4+ years there he valued over $3 billion of commercial property across all asset types. Frustrated with the antiquated process of appraising, but excited by the need for a better solution, he left to start Bowery with Noah and Cesar in June of 2015. John graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in US History. He still aspires to become a chef, a filmmaker, and the first left handed shortstop for the San Francisco Giants.

Tom Petit (MBA ’17) is Co-Founder of real estate technology platform Landis. He a Cambridge-trained mathematician who’s spent his career leveraging data and technology to solve business problems, previously worked at the intersection of data science and strategy at Airbnb, HelloFresh, and as a strategy consultant.

Steve Regan: After working in real estate private equity and investment banking, Steve created DealStat to increase the efficiency and quality of real estate transaction workflow. Today DealStat partners with leading real estate investment groups and industry service providers to drive smarter, more efficient deal flow and investment strategies, leveraging its suite of proprietary machine learning technology. Steve also co-founded PropTech Angels, a group of real estate professionals collaborating to invest in early stage real estate technology companies. Its members have invested in companies including Cherre, Enertiv and RealBlocks.