Smart apartment platform SmartRent raises $5 million from industry’s top companies

SmartRent | November 14, 2018

Thanks to an agreement between SmartRent, a smart home automation platform for property managers and renters, and some of the nation’s largest multifamily companies, smart apartments are about to go nationwide. SmartRent announced this week that it raised $5 million to fund its continued growth. But the capital raise itself isn’t as important as where the money is coming from and what it means going forward.

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TPG Real Estate | July 08, 2022

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Terreno Realty Corporation | May 23, 2022

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