Category Archives: real estate

Stayawhile gets $1.5M to target the sweet spot between Airbnb and long-term rentals

 New York-based startup Stayawhile announced today that it’s scored $1.5 million in seed funding to provide travelers with what founder Janine Yorio refers to as “medium-term housing.” It’s a midway point between your standard hotel/Airbnb stay and a year-plus apartment lease, aimed at vacations and business travelers who’d like to spread out their stay in a new city… Read More

Welcome to the softer side of gutted Sears stores

 If there is any indication of the cultural import and effect of the “millennials” – a term I dislike for reasons I will explain later – look no further than America’s malls. The Baby Boomer hubris and NIMBYism that sent malls into further and further orbits from city centers has come home to roost and it promises to change the face of retail in a big way. First,… Read More

Cadre collects $65 million in Series C funding

 Cadre, a three-year-old, New York-based real estate startup, has raised $65 million in Series C funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Famed VC Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital also joined the round, along with the Ford Foundation, General Catalyst Partners, Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, and Thrive Capital. Ryan Williams, a Goldman Sachs and Blackstone alum, cofounded Cadre along with Joshua… Read More

Funding for real estate challenger Spruce shows New York’s startup scene is thriving

 Spruce, a new startup looking to speed up the mortgage, has raised $4.5 million in its series A financing from Bessemer Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, and Third Prime Capital along with a slew of private angel investors. Founded by two former employees of the robo-advisory wealth management company Betterment, the new startup is notable for a few reasons. First, it’s yet another… Read More

Reali expands it online real-estate service to the entire Bay Area, raises $5M Series A round

 Reali wants to change how people buy and sell their homes and now it has $5 million more to work on this, thanks to a Series A investment lead by Signia Venture Partners. The company also today announced that it is expanding beyond to the entire San Francisco Bay area, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, and that its app is now available on Android, too. The… Read More

Flexible retail startup Bulletin raises $2.2M

Bulletin close up Bulletin, the startup that describes itself as “WeWork for retail space,” is announcing that it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The idea is to give businesses — particularly online brands — access to brick-and-mortar retail space without the cost or commitment of a traditional lease. Those businesses can rent out sections of a Bulletin store on a… Read More

The very simple argument for the rise of co-living: people need people

 People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world. So go the lyrics of the famous Barbara Streisand song. It was also a theme at a future of cities panel at Disrupt today, where the discussion came back and time again to community as a competitive advantage — particularly when it comes to startups that are trying to shake up the long-staid but quickly evolving $200… Read More

Find out how startups are transforming real estate investing at Disrupt NY

 Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have been wary of investing in real estate. But startups have emerged over the last decade to help provide more transparency and accessibility to an industry that until recently had suffered from antiquated technology and a business based mostly on personal relationships between real estate investors, developers and property managers. Read More

Honing its dynamic pricing formula, Vacasa wants to make homeowners more cash than Airbnb

 With updates to its dynamic pricing system, Vacasa wants to offer smartly priced vacation rentals with an algorithm that takes everything and the kitchen sink into account. A self-described tortoise to Airbnb’s hare, the Portland-based tech-fueled property management company argues that automated pricing in the vacation rental market is still pretty crude. Read More