In the arena of dwelling, the architect once reigned supreme. Many civilizations promoted architects to political power. For the last century, architects lost their power to industrialists and financiers who desired a legacy built largely in their own interests. The public sector quickly followed suit. The result left architects focusing on either iconic architecture, or theoretical discussions, with very little flexibility in between. Put simply, iconic architects own the conversation of architecture. Architecture serving its patrons, not the public. Real estate isn’t to blame. Architects simply rolled over. My options included pursuing the dream of becoming a “Starchitect”, or making changes from the inside at a big real estate firm. How could I continue my journey affecting the way we interact with the built environment? How could I stop living…
We are extremely excited to be a part of the Techstars NYC class of 2019! We look forward to working with Jenny Fielding, Austin Crouse and all the mentors committed to growing the SquarePlan with us. You can still come visit us at the Columbia Startup Lab but we will be moving our business development team to the Flatiron offices of Techstars. Stay tuned!
This past weekend, Lio kicked off the first joint landlord event with Uniplaces, the largest student housing marketplace in Europe. More than a hundred landlords attended the live demo within Uniplaces headquarters in Lisbon. The attendees got to hear the voice bot for the first time and were specially interested by Smart Triage. A special thank you to Ben Grech, Carla Silva and Ana Marques for organizing this amazing night and providing all the food and drinks for all attendees. Thanks to them and their team for running such a successful event!
We won a big check! Thank you to the Columbia Business School for this amazing opportunity. More than 230 startups competed, with only five of us selected to pitch for five minutes in the final round. The major themes for the competition concerned leveraging market feedback to adapt customer acquisition strategy. We look forward to supporting the next Columbia event!
Lio and Bycha just returned from Boston after the finals of the Harvard Real Estate Venture Competition. The competition was part of the Real Estate conference weekend at Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Thank you Karen Salama for the interview in Gentry Magazine! Click here to read the interview.
Yesterday SquarePlan participated in the Columbia Business School Panel about Artificial Intelligence. The panel was moderated by Jeremy Kagan, managing director of the Columbia Entrepreneurship Center, and participants included X.ai, Satisfi labs, and Temburi. We were really excited and surprised to see that we had similar path and challenges in our respective verticals.
We were very happy to welcome a delegation of students and professors from different business schools of Israel at our offices here at the Columbia Startup Lab. We focused our conversations on entrepreneurship, and how Israeli entrepreneurs continue to contribute to the technology industry in both Israel and beyond.
Thank you Andy Weiss for inviting us to the Real Estate Emerging Leaders (REEL) panel on the future of real estate. We had a lot of fun discussing how real estate development and management are being disrupted by technology companies.
We had a blast pitching at the annual AIPAC Sharkup Nation event in front of 400+ attendees! Thank you to Yael Rein and Joe Richards for selecting SquarePlan to pitch, and to Bruce Taragin from Blumberg Capital for picking SquarePlan as the best pitch on stage!