Power Player makes one think of the big names, the influencers, and the old vets that have been through the thick of it and come out the other side still innovating, and still profiting. There’s another kind of power player, however, the upstart, the fresh meat that comes into the market with blazing ideas that work, and that put people to work. We’ve got both kinds of power players on this list, some you will know, and for the rest – it won’t be long until you do.
This list is in alphabetical order.
Founder, CEO – Costar
Andrew Florance, founded CoStar, and created the largest, most heavily trafficked site in the CRE industry. After acquiring Apartments.com, it’s clear that Florance is far from finished dominating the real estate information and data industry.
Founder, CEO – RE:Tech, Falkon
The founder of RE:Tech, “the leading real estate research marketing platform to discover emerging trends, innovative, and technology.” Zandieh later launched Falkon, a free iOS app that allows users to access information about every building in New York City.
The brothers, real estate developers, and entrepreneurs believe that “everyone should be able to invest in real estate.” With Fundrise, they’ve made a platform for average people to invest in local real estate directly, cutting out middle men, and keeping fees low.
Blogging at The Tenant Advocate, Ben Osgood is also a Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Senior VP of Tenant Representation Services at Dunhill Partners West, Chairman, USGBC San Francisco, Board Member, Prospera, and a Board VP, San Francisco Opera’s BRAVO! Club.
CEO & Founder @Hightower. AK born, WA bred, NY based. Climber & skier. Weber’s company, Hightower aims to modernize your leasing business by integrating products for landlords, tenant reps, and agency reps on one platform.
JLL Los Angeles
#RealEstate Broker Provocateur Transacting in #SoCal‘s @SCurveLA#CRE #Entertainment #Media#TechSpace. Carl has served in senior positions with Cushman & Wakefield, Cushman Realty Corporation, Insignia/ESG Capital Advisors and Tishman Speyer Properties.
“As an information/technology consultant I’ve been involved with website development, databases, social networking, [and] SEO [. . .] On CREOutsider, I write about commercial real estate tech related topics based, in part, on consulting work I’ve done for a regional brokerage in upstate New York.”
Broker, Blogger The Tenant Advisor
Senior Vice President at Colliers International. He assists office occupiers and healthcare providers with their corporate real estate requirements. Davidson’s blog, The Tenant Advisor is one of the most respected and widely-read in the industry.
CRE Console is a web development company which builds cutting-edge software for commercial real estate investors, brokers and owners. As a sales investment platform, CRE Console aims to increase accuracy, transparency, and efficiency for every user in the CRE industry.
Founder & President, Connect Media
Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate branding, media, advertising and events. His focus has been on creating technology experiences for news delivery, data and analytics, and marketing for commercial real estate owners, developers, investors, and brokers.
Co-Founder & CEO of Floored. Partner at Red Swan Ventures. Ex-Bain, Bonobos, TellApart, Accel EIR. Eisenberg’s company, Floored, creates interactive 3D graphics and technology that helps CRE professionals map spaces more quickly and effectively than ever before.
Blogger, Broker/Owner The Duke Long Agency
“Commercial real estate writer w/ opinions, attitude, and occasional F-bombs. People ask me to talk. Look for me next to the food. I used to be soooo pretty.” Long’s direct, abrasive-yet-funny style have propelled his blog to become one of the most widely read in the industry.
CEO of Money360, a Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending for commercial real estate—a revolutionary approach to commercial real estate finance with major benefits to borrowers and investors. Gentry also serves as CEO of G8 Capital, a real estate private equity firm he founded in 2007.
Haim Persky (right), with PointGrab’s CBO, Itamar Roth
Co-Founder, CEO, Pointgrab
Bringing innovative machine-learning sensors to building and home-automation. Driven by the pressure to save energy, reduce operational costs, enhance business performance and improve tenants comfort, home and building automation have become one of the most demanding areas for innovative solutions.
President and Co-Founder at Capstak, Inc. She serves as Managing Director at Brookfield Investment Management Inc. Ms. Goldman served as a Global Head of Marketing and Business Development at Brookfield Investment Management Inc. from 2011 to 2013.
Co-Founder, Camp Director – 42Floors
Freedman blogs at humbledMBA, and is the co-founder of 42Floors, an online platform that makes finding office space easy. He previously founded Flightcaster, a Y-Combinator funded startup capable of alerting users to a delayed flight up to six hours before the airline.
CEO – RealNex
Founding Partner in The Pavonis Group and President & CEO of RealNex, an integrated suite of market-leading solutions that provides a better, more complete toolset for the real estate industry. Former President and CEO of NAI Global.
Co-Founder – RealtyMogul
Jilliene is the CEO and Co-Founder of RealtyMogul.com, responsible for the company’s strategic direction and operations. Jilliene, who sits on RealtyMogul.com’s board, has underwritten over $5 billion of real estate and was previously a Vice President at Union Bank.
CEO – TheSquareFoot
“At TheSquareFoot, we provide you with two things – technology to allow you to browse commercial space all across the country, and an experienced, bright member of our Broker team to walk you through the process of leasing space.”
Co-Founder, Onyx Equities
“I am the co-founder of Onyx Equities and passionate blogger about #CREtechnology.Serial investor and advisor to many industry startups, Jon has quickly positioned himself as the “go-to” investor and mentor for many startups.”
Co-Founder – RealtyMogul
Justin is the CTO and Co-Founder of RealtyMogul.com and a licensed real estate professional in California. Justin, who also sits on the company’s board, previously ran an independent consultancy in Los Angeles managing on-line communities and building web presences.
Blogger, Founder – The Broker List
Linda Day Harrison founded theBrokerList.com in an effort to create efficiency and streamlined operations for the commercial real estate industry, property and facility management, leasing and brokerage. She also founded ManagerLabs and is developing web applications to solve some complex processes in CRE.
Founder & CEO – Liquidspace
LiquidSpace is the network for office space where startups and growing teams connect directly with real estate owners, operators and companies that have space to share. The LiquidSpace network transforms the entire commercial real estate process.
Michael Bull is a writer, speaker, trainer, consultant, business coach, radio show host, and active commercial real estate broker. He has been involved in $4 billion in sales and lease transactions over a successful 30 year career.
CompStak uses a crowd-sourced model to gather real information that is hard to find, difficult to compile or otherwise unavailable. Our first product is a marketplace for the exchange of commercial lease comparables. Users add the comps they have to find the comps they need.
Co-Founder – Capstak
Michael is an entrepreneurial real estate professional, who over a 25 year career has founded and worked in a diverse collection of firms in brokerage, development, investment banking and direct investment. He serves as CEO + Co-founder of Capstak, a market network for the commercial real estate industry.
Founder – VTS
Nick runs a 20-person team of young innovative professionals determined to change a very large industry—Commercial Real Estate. He started his career as a broker at Murray Hill Properties, working on both Tenant Rep and Landlord Rep assignments where he learned the ins and outs of CRE.
Founder – CRE // Tech Intersect
CRE // Tech Intersect’s mission is to create a larger conversation about how technology is changing the commercial real estate business. This global symposium brings industry leaders together to discuss and learn about innovative technologies.
CEO – Reonomy
An avid entrepreneur, Rich has launched and run numerous businesses including an international arbitrage textbook company, a college marketing network, and an offshore technology outfit. Most recently, Rich was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company specializing in Financial Services.
CEO – Honest Buildings
Riggs co-founded Honest Buildings in 2012 after ten years in the commercial real estate industry, including more than five years working at Tishman Speyer in acquisition, asset management and global sustainability.
Founder & CEO – Compass
Prior to Compass Robert worked at Goldman Sachs as Chief of Staff to the President & COO following five years working in the firm’s private equity arm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked at Lazard and McKinsey & Company.
Founder – RealConnex
Roy Abrams has spent years building RealConnex, a platform where real estate capital, investments and services connect so professionals can close deals faster and smarter. It is the world’s first online business-to-business marketplace for the entire real estate industry.
CEO – Zillow
Spencer Rascoff is the CEO of Zillow Inc., the leading real estate information marketplace. Under Spencer’s leadership, Zillow achieved record Web and mobile traffic, record revenue and record profitability. Spencer was recently named Ernst & Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year.
Founder – Create
Real estate tech entrepreneur, enthusiast of all things urban and technology related. Create provides one click property, zoning, and real estate data – bringing together hundreds of data sources in one place, making it fast and easy to get the full picture on any property.
Founder & CEO – REthink
REthink Real Estate CRM revolutionizes the way brokers and agents buy, sell, lease, and manage properties. Built on the most popular CRM Cloud Computing platform- Salesforce.com, REthink Real Estate CRM is the #1 web-based real estate software for commercial real estate brokers.
The people on this list are changing the game. They’re affecting their marketplace, innovating new technologies, and cultivating the landscape of the future – and if that’s not a power player, than we don’t know what is.
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