Me and my Twittter CRE Friends
I am back on Texas soil from my trip to San Francisco to attend the CRE Tech Intersect event and visit with some of my friends in the Bay Area. First of all kudos to Pierce Neinken the organizer of the event, who made me feel so welcome and inserted me into the program to speak about the relevance of social media in CRE.
Most of the more well known start-up companies in the CRE tech sector were present at the event. There were some amazing panels that shared their views on technology in commercia real estate. The over-riding theme seemed to be that while the commercial real estate industry is often slow to adopt new technology, significant change is coming over the next few years.
My take has always been that new technology is not going to radically change how commercial real estate business is done, but will bring much needed, “new efficiency” to the marketplace.
I was fortunate to spend some time talking one-on-one to the founders of these various start-ups and learn more about the vision of their companies. I met a ton of interesting people and made some new friends. I want to give a big shout out to Benjamin Osgood for being such a gracious guide to his city and @krystaelaine (Krysta Gahagen) of MotionLoft for her recommendations of establishments to visit, she has San Francisco covered on foursquare.
The real treat was meeting face-to-face many people with so many people I have only known online. I was able to spend some time with my old friends in social media years, Justin Bedecarre of 42 floors and Dominic Zabriskie of Lease Matrix, whose application rocks and that I am now using for lease analysis.
No trip to San Francisco would have been complete without getting to see my friends from Loop Net, Tom Byrne, Kelly Steitz Jenny Carion and Michelle Thiel and I got to visit with my colleague Mike Cobb which only reinforces the fact that Colliers professionals are always such nice people.
I did spend one morning exploring the SOMA district, which included a stroll down to Twitter headquarters at 1355 Market Street, and as my friend Barbi Reuter commented on my Instragram profile, “I was worshiping at the mothership.” The thing is so many of these people I now consider friends, I originally met via Twitter. As my good friend Patrick Braswell founder of TenEight says, deals do come from twitter.