BOSTON — The Soho Loft Media Group sponsored the meeting of disruptive ideas about the real estate industry last 16 October 2014 in Boston.
The DisruptCE is designed to create an environment where people with disruptive ideas get to meet investors and developers to create potential partnerships. The bigwigs of the real estate industry converged from 1pm to 7pm at the District Hall in 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA.
David Drake, Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group, says, “It is through these events that real estate entrepreneurs and investors will understand the dynamic changes the real estate world is witnessing today. Real estate crowdfunding is all about technology meeting the needs of the real estate industry.”
Traditionally, real estate is a brick and mortar place, quite literally, with very little intervention of technology. DisruptCRE aimed to bridge the gap between developers and investors and unfold the long-term benefits they will reap from it. Nearly $743 million (http://www.thenewsfunnel.com/blog/real-estate-tech-startups-growing-leaps-and bounds#sthash.b0jTn1H0.dpbs) has been invested into the field of commercial real estate technology.
Jeffrey M. Finn, President and CEO of RealNEx was the keynote speaker. There were four disruptive panels, with the following moderators:
Panel 1 Moderator on Meet the Disruptors: Innovators Driving Change
Duke Long, Owner & Broker of The Duke Long Agency
Panel 2 Moderator on The Science of Building Systems
Grey Lee, Executive Director of USGBC MA
Panel 3 Moderator on Inside the Box: Re-Thinking Space
Phil Hammond, Director of Graduate Program at Wentworth Institute of Technology
Panel 4 Moderator on Crowdfunding: A tectonic shift in Real Investing
Kevin Guy, CEO of Real Liquidity
The speakers were as follows:
Alex Newmann – VP of Sales for PivotDesk
Brandon Weber – Founder and CEO of Hightower
Barbra Batshalom – Executive Director of Sustainable Performance Institute
Benjie Mall – Founder of Arx Urban Capital
Bonnie Burgett – Co-Founder of Sourced Capital
Douglas Ellenoff – Partner of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
Elie Finegold, SVP of Global Innovation & Business Intelligence, CBRE
John Stephans – President of IdeaPaint
Kurt Roth, Director of Building Efficiency at Fraunhofer USA Center
for Sustainable Energy
Matt Giffune, Director of Sales of View The Space
Michael Gresty, Co-Founder and CEO of Rifiniti
Michael Mandel, Co-Founder and CEO of CompStak
Nick Romito, Founder and CEO of View The Space
Stas Gayshan, Co-Founder and CEO of CIC Bosto
Suzanne Robinson Director of Sustainability of Vanderweil Engineers
Other event sponsors include USGBC MA, CoreNet NE, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MassChallenge, PivotDesk, Real Liquidity and Roomzilla.
Bruce Lipnick, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Asset Alliance and CEO of Crowd Alliance, says, “Crowdfunding help people realize the true potential of the real estate industry today. Modern technological advancements have changed the access to funding sources. Only those who can adapt to change will survive.”
Scott Purcell, CEO of FundAmerica states, “Crowdfunding meets the needs of the real estate sector by tapping online syndication of capital that connects entrepreneurs with investors. Entrepreneurs and developers in the real estate industry can stretch their capabilities and extend their reach by making the most of the opportunities offered by online platforms and service providers like FundAmerica.”
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