What Users Expect from Your App

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Everyone wants to disrupt the commercial real estate industry. Whether it’s a different kind of marketing platform, business process automation, new ways to finance or getting rid of the middleman, CRE disrupters are on it. But disruption doesn’t happen just because someone wants it to. That’s because disruption is a two way street. And this quote from Jeff Bezos makes that clear: “We don’t seek to disrupt, we seek to delight. If you invent something completely new and radical and … [Read more...]

Disrupting CRE – It’s A Matter of Trust

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Innovation and disruption are studied a lot these days as everyone tries to identify industries ripe for disruption and figure out  exactly how to disrupt them. One way to do that is to reverse engineer disrupting companies to create a blueprint of sorts to help innovative types find a path for disruption. As I was reading about some of these theories on Stratechery.com (excellent site, btw) I couldn’t help but think about how they apply to commercial real estate. How does what CRE disruptors … [Read more...]

New Apps Featuring PropertyFuse, Canva & More

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PropertyFuse For all those smaller and mid-sized brokerages experiencing sticker shock over LoopNet’s new search pricing, maybe it’s time to look at an alternative. PropertyFuse is a free database of commercial property assessor data from across the US. A crowd-sourced platform, you find a building in your market, update fields, add photos or add listings - to which you can add another set of docs, videos or photos. If you represent the building exclusively, you can “claim” the building and … [Read more...]

The Other Data War

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I don’t want to hear any more whining about LoopNet. It's just a marketing platform. You assess LoopNet’s value by how well they deliver leads that convert to deals. If they don’t deliver, you should stop paying for it. No whining about CoStar either. They’ve collected all sorts of data, added value and are charging you to access it. Same thing goes for those who use LoopNet as a data source. You can only whine if you know their data sucks, in which case, why are you still using them for … [Read more...]

Creepy Gmail Add-ons

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I have a Gmail account but I rarely use it for anything other than testing. But I have to say, there are so many good free and low-cost add-ons that it makes me, a longtime desktop Outlook user, very jealous.  Organizational tools,  ticklers, self-destructing emails... And being a cloud based service means it’s so much easier to integrate with other cloud services like automation tools (IFTTT or Zapier), services like DropBox or Box, social networks, CRM apps - you name it, Gmail integrates … [Read more...]

Bitcoin, Blockchains & Smart Contracts – A Short & Maybe Scary Guide

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I’ve seen a lot of articles, listened to “the kids” talk about it - and I’ve been trying my best to ignore Bitcoin. But after reading that RE/Max was partnering with GoCoin for rent payments, NASDAQ was testing out the platform and Overstock.com’s blockchain bond issue (and acceptance of Bitcoins), I figured it was about time I got up to speed. Maybe you’re already familiar with blockchain technology but if you’re not, the short version is that it’s a method of verifying and recording … [Read more...]