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Tangent - Proptech & The Future of Cities

Edward Cohen & Jeff Berman

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A new era is upon us, and Tangent๐Ÿ’š is back with a new limited series hosted by Proptech entrepreneur Edward Cohen and venture capitalist Jeffrey Berman. Tangent unites Proptech founders๐Ÿ’ก, real estate investors๐Ÿข, urban leaders๐Ÿ™ and passionate creators๐ŸŒŽ who are improving our cities and quality of life. Join us to learn how we can solve the present day challenges in our communities with innovative technology and greater collaboration. Weโ€™ll examine diverse issues through interviews and conversations where going off on a tangent is encouraged, hoping to help you become a more nuanced thinker, and find comfort in data. If you are working on a Proptech solution, a non-profit or a small business that makes our cities better, and would like your mission featured on our Features segment, please email us at tangentcommunity@gmail.com Stay curious and always be learning! ๐Ÿค“ PS. Do not take anything said in this podcast as investment advise, this is for entertainment purposes only.

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Imran Noorani is the Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder at Peak Power, a Canadian company that is putting commercial and industrial buildings at the center of the clean energy revolution.

(1:38) - Imran Noorani's background: from charging a Gameboy to powering commercial real estate
(4:18) - What's the problem with our current building's energy infrastructure and grid system
(8:10) - What economic, environmental and social benefits can commercial real estate owners unlock with Peak Power
(14:25) - Feature: Virtuance - Real Estate Photography & 3D Tours Technology at Scale
(15:34) - What commercial and industrial real estate asset types work best with Peak Power
(18:17) - How are buildings generating carbon emissions and polluting the environment
(20:47) - Prioritizing innovation within the ESG framework
(24:31) - How to finance and find the right partners for a clean energy building retrofit
(30:22) - What can cities learn from Canada's innovation ecosystem?
(34:51) - Future of Cities: What would Imran change about Toronto?
(36:20) - Discomfort Zone: Applying diversity across everything we do

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๐Ÿ’šPeak Power's website๐Ÿ’šPeak Power on Twitter (@peakpower_inc)
๐Ÿ’šPeak Power on LinkedIn

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๐Ÿ’šVirtuance (website): Real Estate Photography & 3D Tours at Scale

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Kevin Ortner is the President of Appreciate Holdings and CEO of its operating arm Renters Warehouse. Kevin Ortner is the author of Rent Estate Revolution: Today's Key to Retirement Security, Financial Freedom & the New American Dream.

(1:24) - State of the SFR market
(4:36) - Strategies for institutional and retail SFR investors
(8:43) - Starting an SFR property mgmt. company
(13:56) - How to build a vertically integrated real estate tech stack
(18:48) - Feature: Lendai - US Mortgage for Foreign Investors (Apply here today)
(20:25) - Residential Real Estate data sources
(25:28) - Property condition and appraisals
(27:40) - Appreciate's SPAC
(30:23) - Solving the housing supply and affordability crisis
(36:23) - Get rich slow: Owning rentals and the New American dream
(40:45) - Future of Cities: Minneapolis, MN
(42:35) - Discomfort Zone: Hybrid work

Learn more:
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Kevin Ortner on LinkedIn๐Ÿ’šAppreciate's website
๐Ÿ’šRent Estate Revolution by Kevin Ortner (on Amazon)

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๐Ÿ’šEdward Cohen on Twitter
๐Ÿ’šEdward Cohen on LinkedIn
๐Ÿ’šJeff Berman on LinkedIn
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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 and 150 startups through MetaProp NYCโ€™s venture capital funds. Zach also teaches Real Estate at Columbia Grad School and is a published author with his book Proptech 101. Zach has also worked on large scale mixed-use development projects in cities like Boston and Los Angeles with Millennium Partners.

Learn More:
๐Ÿ’šZach Aarons on Twitter
๐Ÿ’šMetaProp's website
๐Ÿ’šZach's book Proptech 101

Featured:
๐Ÿ’šMarket Stadium (site): Optimize Your Real Estate Market Due Diligence

Other Resources:
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Think Again by Adam Grant

Connect with Tangent:
๐Ÿ’šEdward Cohen on Twitter
๐Ÿ’šJeff Berman on LinkedIn
๐Ÿ’šTangent on LinkedIn
๐Ÿ’šTangent on Twitter

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Jason Fudin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Placemakr. Placemakr is a tech-enabled real estate and finance optimization platform that partners with developers, property operators, and investors to curate a collection of apartment-like spaces in selected neighborhoods. Their buildings range from brand-new apartments as theyโ€™re leasing up to established apartments looking to maximize their value. Jason previously led commercial developments at Vornado Realty .

(1:19) - Placemakr's origin story
(2:56) - Pop-up hotels
(9:16) - Feature: Prophia - Access validated commercial real estate data in real-time
(10:34) - Blending Hospitality and Multifamily
(13:42) - Asset-light vs. asset-heavy approach
(15:56) - Flexible residential buildings with commingled uses
(19:45) - Navigating city regulations and incentives
(23:24) - Office to housing conversions
(27:47) - Future of Cities - Washington DC, a tale of two cities
(28:59) - Discomfort Zone - Building the right team and tech adoption in slow real estate

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๐Ÿ’šJob openings at Placemakr (link)
๐Ÿ’šPlacemakr on LinkedIn

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Prophia (website) - Access validated commercial real estate data in real-time

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๐Ÿ’šEdward Cohen on Twitter
๐Ÿ’šJeff Berman on LinkedIn
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Noah Isaacs is Co-founder and Co-CEO at Bowery Valuation, a commercial real estate appraisal firm that is powering the best-in-class appraisers to help them appraise smarter and faster. Before co-founding Bowery, Noah worked for BBG, valuing over $2.5B worth of commercial real estate in New York. Noah graduated from McGill University with a major in Statistics and a double minor in Operations Management and Labor-Management Relations. He has on multiple occasions lectured at Columbia University, with a primary focus on Proptech and the future of real estate.

(1:36) - State of the Commercial Real Estate market
(8:38) - What's wrong with Commercial Real Estate appraisals?
(13:22) - How Bowery Valuation solves collaboration issues during the appraisal process
(15:56) - Feature - Transform Your City : Create urban spaces that lead to safer, healthier, and greener streets and cities.
(17:17) - The future of Commercial Real Estate appraisal tech: Bowery Valuation's client-facing platform
(21:16) - The 5-day Commercial loan vision
(22:39) - New data sources for appraisals: tenant space usage and carbon emissions.
(24:40) - The state of Office: are appraisers considering conversions or alternative highest and best uses?
(28:24) - Bowery Valuation's fundraising journey: from MetaProp to Camber Creek to Goldman Sachs
(39:56) - Benefits of having a strategically diverse investor stack - LeFrak, Capital One, Alpaca VC, Goldman Sachs, MetaProp, Camber Creek
(42:46) - Future of Cities: What's one aspect of NYC Noah would choose to improve?
(43:24) - Discomfort Zone: How Noah has adapted his leadership approach to empower Bowery's team

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๐Ÿ’šBowery Valuation's website

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๐Ÿ’šTransform Your City (website): AI-generated urban spaces to create to safer, healthier, and greener streets and cities.
-To donate and support Transform Your City -> Donate now

Connect with Tangent:
๐Ÿ’šEdward Cohen on Twitter
๐Ÿ’šJeff Berman on LinkedIn
๐Ÿ’šZach Aarons on Twitter
๐Ÿ’šTangent on LinkedIn
๐Ÿ’šTangent on Twitter

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Tangent on LinkedIn
Tangent on Twitter

To learn more:
๐Ÿ’šMetaProp (site)
Maureen Waters (Partner @ MetaProp): mwaters@metaprop.vc
Featured:
๐Ÿ’šUrban Impact Agency (site) - Making cities smarter and more sustainable.

๐Ÿ’šility (site) - SaaS platform enabling commercial real estate owners to increase NOI by creating awesome workplaces.
To learn more: hello@ility.com

Maureen Waters, Partner at MetaProp, the largest Proptech Venture Capital firm focused on early-stage Proptech companies, with over 150 investments in startups. Maureen leads the growth of MetaPropโ€™s Innovation Services, where she helps commercial real estate LP's leverage Data, ESG & Climate Tech and prioritize, pilot and deploy tech solutions across their portfolios. Prior to MetaProp, Maureen was President of Ten-X, one of the largest online commercial real estate marketplaces. Maureen was previously head of real estate and asset management at Bill Gates Investments and Cushman & Wakefield.

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Michael Rudin, SVP of Rudin Management and a key member of his family's proptech investing business Rudin Ventures, shares on Tangent what it takes to stay relevant in a saturated market; from tenant-focused renovations that prioritize both physical and technological amenities, to being a corporate leader in ESG strategies and the importance of public-private partnerships to solve some of the most challenging issues the industry is currently facing.

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Zain Jaffer, Partner at Bluefield Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm investing in Commercial Real Estate & Proptech. Zain stepped into the real estate world after he sold his start up called Vungle to Blackstone for $780 million.

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To learn more:
Rabbet (website)Will Mitchell on social: LinkedIn

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Tangent is back with a new limited series hosted by Edward Cohen & Jeffrey Berman (Partner at Camber Creek). In this episode, we introduce the series' main themes, including how Proptech leaders are improving our cities and quality of life, how will the remote work revolution reshape our cities and impact Real Estate valuations, the Great Tech Correction (don't call it Dotcom 2.0) and how we can tackle the Housing supply and affordability crisis. We will examine these topics through diverse frames, including founders, venture capitalists, real estate investors, public sector leaders and media and academia experts.

Connect with Tangent:
๐Ÿ’šEdward Cohen on Twitter
๐Ÿ’šJeff Berman on LinkedIn
๐Ÿ’šTangent on LinkedIn
๐Ÿ’šTangent on Twitter

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๐Ÿ’šQuext - Smart Apartment Technology (learn more)

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