In the wake of COVID-19, the real estate sector is being presented with more challenges than ever before. Innovative problem solving is required to make the most of this new normal. At its core, the goal of Second Century Ventures is to help transform the promising technology firms of tomorrow into the top real estate solutions of today. We are enabling this transformation through our REACH global initiatives. Let’s take some time to recognize the promising upside of the 16 visionary organizations we’ve backed in the US this year.
In the sixth Beyond the Box episode, Mike McAra has the pleasure of talking with Co-founder David Steckel about the ride to get venture-backed by some of the biggest names in the valley, only to have COVID come and significant impact his business all while closing their Series A round.
Our fifth Beyond the Box episode is out TODAY and it could not have been with a more inspirational person. Mike McAra had the pleasure of sitting down with the fun and intelligent Morgan Carey, CEO of Real Estate Webmasters and renowned public event speaker. “There will be adoption. It’s forcing us to work outside of our comfort zone and to start looking at some of the things. It’s interesting, I was reading a Harvard Business Review article the other day and they were talking about how the fact that in recession, people actually do tend to invest more often in technology because there isn’t the opportunity cost.”
On this week’s Beyond the Box episode, we present to you the brilliant mind of Robert Hahn (author of the popular Notorious R.O.B. real estate blog and Managing Partner of 7DS Associates).
“It’s not enough to just resist disruption, to resist change, and then say we’re going to say the same. What we actually want to do is embrace this change. This shock, this disruption lets us get better and helps us to improve in whatever way that is. However you think of it, it improves. So, the old way was pretty great, but it could have used improvement, right??”
Rob shares with Lynette Keyowski his perspectives on how COVID has affected the real estate industry, shares his thoughts on what the future may look like and what the industry needs to strive for personally and professionally in the time to come.
This week, Mike McAra has the pleasure of sitting down with Laura Monroe, Global Head of Community with Inman News to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the real estate industry and what the future may hold for it’s members. “I think that first of all, one of the things about the real estate industry that I think we’ve always kind of known and definitely been able to witness is, you know, the adaptability of us as an industry."
REACH Canada Director Mike McAra chats with Managing Partner Lynette Keyowski about the challenges faced by Associations, and new opportunities they have to pivot to better serve their membership. "The box is now physically different and as a matter of fact, associations need to create a new box, right? And it may no longer be around demonstrating the value of a REALTOR®. It may no longer be around providing a great MLS system. It might not be around PR and professional standards...those types of things. It may now be around the competitive advantage as you noted. The competitive advantage of brokers has now been wiped away and everybody is now working from that same new plateau.“
The Season Premiere of Beyond the Box is finally here featuring the Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Innovation and Technology with National Association of REALTORS®, Mark Birschbach! In our Season Premiere Lynette Keyowski sits down with Mark to discuss the founding of REACH and what the NAR future has in store.
“That’s very much the goal is to have a proactive approach to innovation and how things will change over time, and ultimately where our member sits in the relationship with the consumer and to the transaction. Making sure that, as their role has to evolve over time, based on how consumer preferences are evolving over time, that they are positioned to be successful and that’s why we’re here and why we do what we do.”