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Tech Nest is the proptech podcast where we discover all the latest in proptech by interviewing the innovators and leaders from startup that are challenging the way we buy, sell, and invest in real estate. When you listen to Tech Nest, you'll get in-depth interviews and discussions each week, focused on uncovering trends in proptech and how startups are transforming the real estate landscape.

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Tech Nest: The Proptech Podcast Nate Smoyer

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Tech Nest is the proptech podcast where we discover all the latest in proptech by interviewing the innovators and leaders from startup that are challenging the way we buy, sell, and invest in real estate. When you listen to Tech Nest, you'll get in-depth interviews and discussions each week, focused on uncovering trends in proptech and how startups are transforming the real estate landscape.

Don't miss an episode, subscribe today!

    Creating the Check Engine Light for Homes with Dan Simpkins, CEO of Dwellwell

    Creating the Check Engine Light for Homes with Dan Simpkins, CEO of Dwellwell

    Almost everyone knows what the check engine light on a car does. It lights up on the dash panel when something isn't quite right with the motor. It can be something minor like a sensor that's unplugged or it can be something very significant like you have two cylinders misfiring because water and oil are leaking in.

    So if we have that for cars, why not have that for homes? You've got a water heater, a furnace, central air systems, pipes or pex for water, all your kitchen appliances, and more devices and equipment that could break, leak, or not be performing properly.

    This is what Dan Simpkins at Dwellwell is working to solve. Dwellwell has just emerged from stealth mode a few weeks ago and is ready to share with the world a new system that functions as the check engine light for the home. Dan breaks down how a simple plug and play device in the home can be powerful enough to recognize problems throughout the home and what that could mean for preventative maintenance or spotting a problem that needs to be fixed sooner.

    Dan isn't a first time inventor or entrepreneur. If you've ever used VOIP or a smart TV, then you've used products he's directly responsible for bringing to market. Listen in to Dan's ideas and vision for a smarter home that goes beyond bluetooth door locks.

    • 57 min
    Rethinking Rental Property Finance Management with Mathias Korder, CEO of Baselane

    Rethinking Rental Property Finance Management with Mathias Korder, CEO of Baselane

    Baselane is relatively new to the scene when you compare against other platforms for independent landlords. It's a very crowded market lots of companies offering some mix of tenant screening, lease signing, and rent collection tools. However, the market has left several gaps that Baselane has been building to fill.

    Co-founder and CEO, Mathias Korder, joins Tech Nest Podcast to discuss how Baselane is rethinking rental property finance management. This goes beyond just collecting rent. This gets into rebuilding a way of banking, accounting, and providing additional services that better suit the specific needs of 10+ million mom and pop landlords—those who own and manage their own properties. Baselane believes there's an opportunity to reduce fees, provide better analytics, and even better incentivize landlords with programs such as cash back on rental related expenditures. All of this is accomplished while reducing manual lift and improving financial organization.

    Baselane is still a seed-stage company, but has successfully raised nearly $8M from leading VC firms such as Thomvest Ventures and Conversion Capital, and with Angel investors from Google, PayPal, and BlackRock.

    • 51 min
    Finding Small Multifamily Rentals to Invest In with Jeff Gopshtein of Yieldeasy

    Finding Small Multifamily Rentals to Invest In with Jeff Gopshtein of Yieldeasy

    Jeff Gopshtein has been working in real estate and private equity for more than seven years. Given the trends of the last few years and especially during the pandemic, Jeff noticed a significant appetite for small multifamily properties (2-4 unit type buildings). However, the friction in acquiring these properties for the average mom and pop investor can be high. That all includes finding the deals, getting the right data on the property, and securing the necessary services to fund and these manage properties.

    Jeff has set out to change this, starting with his home city of Philadelphia (Philly for those of us from the area). He started a company called Yieldeasy. Yieldeasy is a marketplace, exclusively focused on helping mom and pop investors find and acquire small multifamily properties to invest in. Yieldeasy is very early in its journey, but Jeff has a few ideas as to how this growing slice of the market represents significant opportunities, both on the tech side and for those investing on the ground.

    • 46 min
    Security Deposits as a Service with Chanin Ballance, CEO of Roost

    Security Deposits as a Service with Chanin Ballance, CEO of Roost

    Hear me out on this...what if security deposits are here to stay? There's been lots of chatter over the last few years in finding a replacement to security deposits. Much of that has to do with rising rent costs, legislation around compliance, and the labor of managing and refunding deposits.

    But maybe there's a better way to solve for the challenges around security deposits while giving more flexibility back to renters. That's something you'll hear Roost CEO, Chanin Ballance, discuss (and more) in this interview. She makes a compelling case that security deposits don't need to be replaced, rather, they need to be re-thought.

    Roost is doing more than just taking security deposits for rental managers. Chanin explains more how Roost is focusing on financial wellness for renters and why that's so important today.

    • 46 min
    Mapping Real Estate Data with Josh Fraser, CEO of Estated

    Mapping Real Estate Data with Josh Fraser, CEO of Estated

    Mapping and delivering real estate data so that it's accessible is nothing short of a massive undertaking. Josh Fraser, CEO of Estated is doing this and is finding a lot of success. In this episode, Josh breaks down how Estated got started mapping US Real Estate data and how this data may be used to impact the future of housing—both for buyers and renters. Estated works to deliver data to companies both in and out of real estate, so we'll touch on how they're finding success in data as a service and how the future may be shaped by data companies, such as Estated.

    • 53 min
    Vacation Rental & Hospitality Market Tech with Vince Breslin, CEO of Uplisting, and Emmanuel Lavoie, CEO of Jetstream

    Vacation Rental & Hospitality Market Tech with Vince Breslin, CEO of Uplisting, and Emmanuel Lavoie, CEO of Jetstream

    This is a crash-course episode on what's going on in the market when it comes to tech in the vacation rental and hospitality space. We have two guests on this episode: Vince Breslin is CEO of Uplisting and Emmanuel Lavoie is CEO of Jetstream. Both work in the vacation rentals and hospitality market, but they are bringing products to slightly different customers and with different approaches.

    Uplisting is heavily focused on serving property managers in the short-term rental space, while Jetstream is focused on bringing an all-in-one tech platform, paired with services, to owners and managers of short-term and flex-rental properties.

    Hear more behind these startups and where they see the opportunities for innovation in the vacation and hospitality markets.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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