EarlyShares at FinTech Startups 2015: Bricks, Mortar & Innovation

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 3.11.46 PMFollowing decades of reliance on outdated processes and paper-based systems, the commercial real estate sector is finally migrating online. What is the impact of that shift? What tools and data does the industry need? What innovations are emerging in the market?

Those questions were the subject of a recent panel at the 2015 FinTech Startups Conference in NYC on “Real Estate: Bricks, Mortar & Innovation.” Get the highlights from the panel in this ten-minute video, featuring insights from four real estate tech experts:

  • Joanna Schwartz, Co-Founder & CEO of EarlyShares
  • Charlie Oshman, Chief Product Architect of Reonomy
  • Michael Mandel, Co-Founder & CEO of CompStak
  • Josh Guttman, Partner of SoftBank Capital



The EarlyFive: Introducing Property.com

This week, we’re unveiling our game-changing new endeavor: Property.com, the category-defining online marketplace for commercial real estate transactions.

As we enhance and continually add functionality to Property.com, we hope you’ll sign up and share your feedback with us. There’s something for everyone on the new site:

  • Investors: Browse over 500,000 investment opportunities, including crowdfunded deals and properties for sale.
  • Brokers & Sponsors: List your deals to reach to a global audience of potential investors.
  • Borrowers: Get on the fast track with Property.com’s preferred lenders.

After checking out the Property.com platform, get the latest on EarlyShares’ current offerings – including a performance update on the deal from Colony Hills Capital.

bloomberg-bizMay 13, 2015
Foreign Money Is Pouring Into U.S. Real Estate, and It’s Not Just Houses
Sarah Mulholland, BloombergBusiness
Blockbuster real estate deals are back (and breaking records) as cash from around the globe pours into U.S. commercial real estate. New reports show that commercial real estate transactions jumped 45 percent by dollar volume in the first quarter.

REFIMay 12, 2015
Crowdfunding platform courts Latin American investors
Sherry Hsieh, Real Estate Finance & Investment
EarlyShares’ own growing contingent of international investors drew attention from the media this week. Find out why we’re seeing such demand among Latin American investors.

wsjMay 14, 2015
How Real Estate Uses Big Data to Track Clients
Stefanos Chen, The Wall Street Journal
The commercial real estate space is wise to be taking a cue from the residential market, where stakeholders are already leveraging sophisticated data for the benefit of both buyers and sellers. As this piece points out, agents are using hyper-precise metrics to target buyers for luxury properties.

mediumMay 12, 2015
The Future of Design in Technology
Julie Zhuo, Medium
We’ve spent countless hours perfecting the design of Property.com, so we’re intrigued by these ten predictions on how design will change tech over the next decade. The author believes that by 2025, at least half the tech products people use will be because of style and how it makes them feel rather than pure utility.

incthumb250May 14, 2015
5 Tips for Investing in Income Property Real Estate
Drew Hendricks, Inc.
Since Property.com will offer access to both syndicated commercial deals and properties for purchase, we wanted to pass along these tips for any investors interested in capitalizing on the “income property business.”

The EarlyFive: eMerge Special Edition

Our team had a blast last week participating in eMerge Americas – a one-of-a-kind conference focused on technology, finance, and innovation in Miami and Latin America. For the second year in a row, the eMerge organizers did an excellent job giving Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide exposure over five days of summits, panels, and exclusive events, all covered by NBCUniversal.

Rather than round up of our favorite stories around the web this week, we wanted to share our top eMerge highlights with you in a special edition of the EarlyFive. Enjoy!

top-tenEarlyShares in the Top Ten!
EarlyShares was selected from hundreds of Startup Showcase participants as one of the top ten, earning us the chance to compete in the late-stage pitch contest! You may have heard that I made a big announcement during my time on stage. Stay tuned for news on EarlyShares’ next big thing.

201Crowdfunding 201
I highly enjoyed participating in this panel alongside colleagues from Crowdnetic, SeedInvest, Prodigy Network, and Scout Ventures. eMerge got the memo that crowdfunding has grown up: the panel was entirely dedicated to private investing, not rewards crowdfunding.

startup-showcaseThe Startup Showcase
As part of the late-stage contest, we exhibited EarlyShares alongside hundreds of other awesome young companies. It was our pleasure to be surrounded by some of our favorite #MiamiTech colleagues, including BoatSetter, ClassWallet, and iTopia.

disrupting-statusDisrupting the Financial Status Quo
The panelists on this excellent summit session – high-level executives from Betterment, Motif Investing, and Redfin – echoed many insights from EarlyShares’ ethos, especially that the commercial real estate industry is due for disruption.


nasdaq-bellThe Nasdaq Closing Bell!
eMerge made history on Monday as the occasion for the first Nasdaq ‘virtual closing bell’ from the state of Florida! It was a thrill to watch and we hope it gave Miami’s financial ecosystem a little extra clout up north.

The EarlyFive: Good news for commercial real estate investors

As April zooms toward a close, we have a few brief updates for you:

  • If you haven’t checked out our Inspire Capital offering, get the details in the press release we issued  Tuesday 4/21.
  • South Florida Business Journal subscribers: Click here to find out what works in business fundraising from our CSO & Co-Founder Heather Schwarz-Lopes and her co-panelists at a recent SFBJ event.
  • New to “crowd” investing? Get a primer on the industry’s evolution from RealtyBiz News (featuring input from our contribution to the 2015 PENSCO Crowdfunding Report).

seeking-alphaApril 23, 2015
Commercial Real Estate Booms
Scott Grannis, Seeking Alpha
Great news for real estate investors: the commercial real estate market has seen double-digit gains for the past 4-5 years – outpacing even the strong recovery of the residential market.

voxApril 22, 2015
Crowdfunding is so old, it helped build the Statue of Liberty
Phil Edwards, Vox
We often explain to people that crowdfund investing isn’t a revolution, but an evolution – the application of new tools to an old concept. This Vox article hammers the point home! Read about some famous, centuries-old crowdfunding successes.

gallupApril 23, 2015
Americans Again Say Real Estate is Best Long-Term Investment
Lydia Saad, Gallup
For the second straight year, participants in a Gallup survey have named real estate their favorite long-term investment. In fact, it is either the top choice (or tied for the top choice) as the best investment among all major gender, age and income groups.

incthumb250April 23, 2015
Will Technology Displace Talent?
Dan Finnigan, Inc.
EarlyShares is on the front lines of the tech disruption of real estate, but we don’t think we’re headed for a world where automation overrides jobs. I enjoyed this author’s insight on how the future will require us to reframe our perspectives on talent and technology.

nuwireApril 23, 2015
The Impact of Regulation A+ on Real Estate Investing
Nate Nead, NuWire Investor
There’s been a lot of chatter in the private market about the new Reg A+ rules, which will enable issuers of securities to raise up to $50 million annually from unaccredited investors through ‘mini-IPOs.’ The author of this piece says the real estate market is poised to reap the benefits of the new SEC ruling.

The EarlyFive: Event season hits Miami

With spring in full swing, conference season is well underway. I just got back from LendIt USA – an insightful forum in NYC where I moderated a panel on commercial real estate – and the next few weeks are packed with unique events in Miami.

We’re most excited about eMerge Americas, where I’ll be speaking on the Crowdfunding panel and participating in the company showcase. I had a great time discussing eMerge with their Executive Director, Xavier Gonzalez, on Jim Fried’s radio show last week – read on to check out the interview!

cnbcApril 16, 2015
Equity crowdfunding hits $662 million in 2015
Andrew Zaleski, CNBC
According to Crowdnetic’s Crowdfinance Average, real estate crowdfunding investments rose to $662 million in the first quarter of 2015, a big jump from the $483 million recorded in the final quarter of 2014. Even better – our offering for Carpathian Capital Management is one of the top two live deals in the industry!

friedApril 16, 2015
eMerge Americas, Real Estate, and Crowdfunding Private Investment
Fried on Business
I had a blast talking about real estate finance with my friend Jim Fried on his live radio show yesterday. Check out the interview clips – including a cameo from my daughter, Jessie – at the link above, or click here for the hour-long show.

huffpo-eduApril 14, 2015
Real Estate Investors Using More Online Financing
Ryan Poelman, Huffington Post Education
It’s taken decades for technology to infiltrate real estate finance, but investors seeking funding for buy-sell transactions are finally beginning to get access to loans online. Read this primer on peer-to-peer lending, then stay tuned to EarlyShares for new referral sources in the near future.

TIMEApril 17, 2015 April 16, 2015
10 Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs in Between Jobs
How do you succinctly, wisely explain a job lapse in a networking situation? Follow the link for advice from our Co-Founder & CSO Heather Schwarz-Lopes and other members of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

inmanApril 17, 2015
The psychology of pricing a real estate property
Robert McTague, Inman
Price is the largest motivator when purchasing any product, but the nuances of buyers’ mental perceptions of prices are fascinating. Read on for the author’s four tactics for ‘psychically’ smart pricing strategies.

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