we hosted a NYC Real Estate Technology Startups meetup at the TechStars NYC office.
It was the group’s third meetup, and its largest yet.
We started with networking over beer and pizza,
where the founders of fledgling startups like
RentHackr were in full force.
The offline world was also represented,
with brokers from Citi Habitats
and executives from Level Group(http://www.levelgroup.com) present.
We then moved into demos.
Fred Cook, co-founder of Moveline, started by breaking down the moving industry.
He spoke to familiar problems like the pain of arranging in-home estimates, notoriously poor customer service, and bomb-dropping hidden fees.
Next, he demoed Moveline
and presented how we solve these common problems using software
like our video inventory app
and seriously great service from Move Captains.
Fred wrapped with hints at features in our pipeline that improve our system for delivering guaranteed prices.
Laura Temel, CEO of PadTies followed Fred.
Laura explained that listings for off-campus housing in college towns remains offline.
PadTies is bringing this inventory to the web and introducing optimized tools for student rentals.
They offer a rental management application that allows students (or their parents) to pay rent online, and keep track of sublets and security deposits because, well punching holes in walls… it happens in off-campus housing.
PadTies is currently open to students at Cornell.
Sebastian Delmont and Jared Kleinstein of StreetEasy, CTO and "Mr. Manager" respectively, rounded out the evening.
The duo took us on a tour of StreetEasy behind the paywall,
and shared stories of the company’s history spanning back to 2007.
They highlighted the application’s extensive set of premium tools for real estate professionals,
which includes recorded sales information for units and buildings, broker profiles, folders, and a really neat feature that lets user search by custom boundary
(because we all know how drastic of a change one can see in NYC real estate by walking just one block).
They also showed us StreetEasy’s Own Your Home blog,
where they showcase home and real-estate articles written by domain experts.
Historically, the company viewed itself as an unbiased source of information.
The new blog is the company’s first foray into expressing an opinion on the market.
Bottom line: visit StreetEasy for all things NYC Real Estate.
Overall, the meetup represented the vibrant Gotham real estate tech community and its collective efforts to improve how New Yorkers rent, buy and move into a new place.
The next meetup is slotted for October. Stay tuned for an announcement of the schedule — we hope to see you there!
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