Scenes from San Francisco

by CoyDavidson on June 23, 2013

CRE Tech Intersect

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.

CRE TEch intersect Loopnet

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.

What’s really cools is that myself, Jonathan Wasserstrum of theSquareFoot and Tannner McGraw of Apto all Houstonians made everyone realize we get Tech in Texas.

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.

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  • Great seeing you, too, Coy! I’m looking forward to TechConnect 2014!

  • Hopefully I hear about the next one.. I know I’m living amongst the igloo’s and polar bears up here in Canada but I’d love to attend!

  • abuchanan

    Next month, the OC!

  • Pierce

    Coy – So glad you were a part of the event. Thank you for your incredible contributions.

  • This picture tells me…time to go on a diet

  • This picture tells me….time to go on a diet!

  • Benjamin Osgood

    Coy, we all can’t thank you enough for being so generous with your time, and bringing so much value to the event. Like I said, it wouldn’t have been the same without you there.

    Next time you’re back I’m taking you on an inside office tour of San Francisco’s top tech companies!

  • Krysta

    It was great meeting you, however briefly. Wish I could have stayed and chatted after the event! Thanks for speaking at the event – it was great to hear the thoughts of someone who isn’t living in “the bubble”!

  • Tanner McGraw

    A little Tech in Texas…when you look at CRE tech companies we’re doing alright.

  • Sorry to have missed this one! You nailed the dual benefit of these gatherings: tech/people. Thanks for the remote peeks at the mothership, the event and your time in SF. Cheers!

  • Dominic Zabriskie

    Awesome to meet you in person. Let’s do it again.

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