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S9E89 The Final Episode - Nate Smoyer
Everything has a start and an end. Today I'm publishing the final episode of Tech Nest, for the foreseeable future.
When I started Tech Nest about two years ago, I didn't have any legitimate contacts or relationships in proptech. The original intent was to research the industry, build relationships, and win clients for my agency.
It was very effective in accomplishing that original intent.
About one year ago, I closed that agency I'd built to join Avail as Director of Marketing full-time. Crazy enough, that was exactly one of the three exit strategies I established when I started my agency: find a client that I'd want to join full-time that also would want me to join them. You could say when I joined Avail, it was mission accomplished for the podcast and the agency.
It was when I shutdown the agency that I began to reimagine the purpose of the Tech Nest brand to develop into more than just a podcast. I saw it serving as a sort of hub for the proptech industry. Providing company overviews, product reviews, career opportunities, and more.
It's been very difficult to dedicate the time to accomplishing that vision, so it kept getting pushed back. I have detailed what I want to accomplish in the coming years and in 2020 specifically, and it's become clear that building the brand I envisioned doesn't align with my near term focus, nor my long-term focus.
So the one question remains is, what's next? Well for one, I still have a big job ahead of me at Avail. Not having the added responsibility of keeping up on the podcast will give me some of the additional time to dedicate to reaching the level I want to get to as a marketing leader. That still requires working with and talking with leaders in the industry, but I'll be more focused on professional development than being a media brand of sorts. I've got my own personal road map of what's next, so there's no new public project to share at this point.
Thank you to every guest who's ever agreed to give me their time and share about what they're building. Thanks to everyone who's ever listened to any episode. And especially thanks to every single person who's ever written to me directly to tell me that the show has been interesting, helpful, and entertaining (yes, some have actually said this!).
If you ever want to connect on proptech as an industry, share with me what you're working on to get feedback or talk shop as marketers, I'm still very much available for those discussions. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org or message me directly on LinkedIn. Cheers!
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S8E88 Interview with Dan Green, CEO of Homebuyer
When it comes to working with first-time homebuyers, why is it that lenders may avoid, or rather, not work to earn their business? It may have something to do with the time it takes to close. Many first-time buyers take longer to go from lead to actually buying a home. But what if you could better inform, educate, and assist first-time homebuyers through smart content? In this interview, I'm talking with Dan Green, CEO of Homebuyer, about why he's working to help first-time homebuyers. He mentioned the opportunity is big—2.5 million transactions each year kind of big. We talk content marketing, we talk sales funnels, we talk funding, and we talk some industry trends. Dan's built several businesses in the mortgage space over the years and really knows what it takes to attract and cultivate a customer base. At the end of the day, Homebuyer is a lender, but their approach is much different and could offer them the competitive edge many are trying to create in the lending space. Listen in to hear more about what Dan's creating.
S8E87 Interview with Rich Sarkis, CEO of Reonomy
Rich Sarkis is as sharp as they come and after you listen to this episode, I think you'll agree. He's the CEO of Reonomy, the breakout proptech data company that is making commercial real estate data accessible and actionable to all other businesses. This is the second time Reonomy has been featured on Tech Nest, and there's good reasons for that. Reonomy has built up a strong company that's seen impressive growth with a lot of buy in from strategic startup investors. We discuss Reonomy's success and Rich revealed very interesting information about their Series C and Series D. I think listening to this episode may have you thinking big. Give it a listen, then let me know.
S8E86 Interview with Annelise Osborne, Head of Strategy at Metechi
When you think of the lending industry, you may not think of loan syndication. And that's OK, but up until this interview, neither had I. Annelise Osborne is the Head of Strategy for Metechi. Metechi is, "a Syndication Marketplace providing lenders instant access to CRE, NPLs and C&I loans originated by banks and institutional investors." We had a great time during this interview discussing how this could give the local and regional banks far greater flexibility when it comes to selling their loans. In a world where headlines are dominated by consumer facing companies, you won't often find out about fintech companies like Metechi, and that makes this episode that much more worthwhile to listen to.
S8E85 Interview with Wes Walker, CEO of Propersum
When you're looking to buy vacation rental property, you'll want to have a good idea of how well that property will perform and what the costs will be for managing it. But if you're not from the area and don't know the details, how can you know your real estate agent or the property management company you called is giving you the right info? This is where Propersum changes the game. Wes Walker is the founder and CEO of Propersum, a new company aiming to make investing in vacation property much easier by providing better tools to agents and property management companies. We talk about the specific challenges and differences of the vacation market versus the long-term market. We even get into Wes's background and the approach he's taking when it comes to raising funds in order to grow Propersum.
S8E84 Interview with Jonathan Martis, CEO at Kleard
Open houses and showings have been a big part of the real estate sales process for a long time and have gone mostly unchanged. Only recently has new tech-enabled the consumer to tour homes without the presence of an agent. In this episode, Jonathan Martis, CEO of Kleard, shares how agent-less showings can be done well and safely. We talk through some of the challenges he's overcome in bringing smart tech to the agent market. Kleard has been making strides, taking home several industry awards for their tech and now they're ready to unveil their tech and hardware partnership that will enable customers to see more homes without having the agent present. And don't worry, we also talk about if this means the agent will be replaced by tech like this. Listen in to find out the answer.
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