Where top VCs are investing in real estate and proptech (Part 1 of 2)

Techcrunch | November 14, 2019

Where top VCs are investing in real estate and proptech (Part 1 of 2)
The multi-trillion dollar global real estate market is getting flipped on its head. Business model innovation, data accessibility and the proliferation of mobile, SaaS and other cloud-native software have already given rise to a cohort of tech unicorns that sit amongst the world’s most influential real estate companies. Emerging technologies and growing capabilities across machine learning, 5G, IoT and more coupled with fast-moving regulations and dramatic cost structure changes have opened up opportunities for the next wave of innovation across a wide set of multi-billion dollar real estate verticals and sub-verticals. And despite WeWork’s implosion garnering countless headlines in the real estate and technology worlds, venture dollars are continuing to spill into real estate tech (or proptech) companies at a rapidly increasing rate. Just upwards of $16 billion in venture capital has flowed into real estate-related startups in 2019 alone, according to data from Crunchbase and Pitchbook, with major fundraises happening across industrial, commercial, residential, and financial categories.

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The measure of the rate at which work is performed is called “productivity”. It is a ratio of production output to what is required to produce it. The measure of productivity is defined as a total output per one unit of a total input. In construction, the output is usually expressed in weight, length, or volume, and the input resource is usually in cost of labor or man-hours. There are many standards available in the construction industry for contractors as reference values for purposes of construction cost estimation. These standards may vary in values but most are similar in principle. This white paper will explore labor factoring and how advances in technology are making management of labor productivity more predictable. The use of technology can expose inefficiencies, enable visualization of problem areas, and improve construction planning accuracy, as well as provide documentation and visualization to support or defend change order requests and construction claims.

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Nuveen Real Estate extends Lane's Technology Partnership to the Office Tower of Midtown Manhattan

prnewswire | November 17, 2020

As a feature of its procedure to draw in with occupants both on location and on the web, Nuveen Real Estate, a main worldwide land supervisor, revealed the work environment experience innovation Lane at one more of their milestone properties. The move will bring Lane's honor winning web and portable stage to The Gardens at 780 Third Avenue, one of Nuveen's chief office towers, situated between East 48th and 49th roads in Midtown Manhattan's desired Plaza District. Nuveen's dispatch of Lane at the 500,000 sq. ft. Class An office space concurs with a $40 million friendliness and manageability centered remodel. To enable Nuveen to accomplish these objectives, the Lane stage will furnish occupants at The Gardens with an across the board "controller" for the working environment—permitting them to do everything from request lunch to book a gathering space to join a yoga class—all while giving property supervisors a successful device for building-wide correspondences, access the executives and tasks. For the time being, Lane will fill in as a critical device for imparting building strategies and conventions in light of COVID-19. "We are pleased to support Nuveen as they deliver a more seamless, engaging, and digitally powered office experience to tenants at 780 Third and across their portfolio," said Clinton J. Robinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Lane. "An all-in-one platform for the workplace, Lane is uniquely positioned to bring together the many facets of the work environment in a way that is intuitive, intelligent, and fosters connection with tenants—whether they're physically in the office or not. Lane's booking feature will also help Nuveen set up its new flex office and fitness space offerings at The Gardens." "780 Third Avenue is in the midst of a capital-intensive redevelopment with improved tenant experience as a major priority," said Brian Wallick, Director of New York Investments for Nuveen. "We are integrating new amenities such as a coffee bar, sustainability-driven restaurant, and modernized wellness center, in addition to an entirely tenant-focused coworking floor with an option to book private conference rooms." Before turning out Lane at The Gardens at 780, this late spring, Nuveen dispatched Lane's foundation at Waterford Business District in Miami, one of the biggest corporate office edifices in the southeast U.S. Traversing 250 sections of land and lodging in excess of 100 worldwide companies, Lane's foundation has changed the rambling grounds into a flourishing, associated environment. "We are excited to partner with Lane at another property in our portfolio to the benefit of our tenants at The Gardens at 780 and the surrounding community," said Jacinda Lofland, Director of Strategy & Innovation for Nuveen. "The digitalization of our office portfolio is a key initiative that we will continue to invest in. With Lane, we are able to provide our tenants with a consistent, user-friendly digital interface while building out additional features and integrations into the background over time. The platform also enables us to communicate more consistently with our tenants, providing important building information and soliciting tenant feedback via short-form surveys." About Lane Lane was founded in 2014 to deliver the future of work to commercial real estate properties around the world. The first technology solution of its kind, Lane's workplace experience platform addresses the needs of the entire workplace ecosystem — from corporate tenants and their employees, to asset managers and on-site building teams, to retail tenants, visitors, and everyone in between. With clients such as Colliers, Hullmark, Dream, Atlas, Brookfield Properties, and Kipling, Lane currently operates in 150 buildings and 300 million sq. ft. of commercial real estate in major cities across North America and around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Dubai, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Denver, Washington D.C., Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal. As part of its global expansion, Lane is currently launching with new clients in Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. About Nuveen Real Estate Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $127 billion of assets under management. With over 80 years of real estate investing experience and more than 660 employees* located across over 25 cities throughout the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, the firm offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise. *Includes 315+ real estate investment professionals, supported by a further 345+ Nuveen employees.

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StepStone Real Estate Closes Fund IV With $1.4 Billion in Capital Commitments

prnewswire | September 29, 2020

StepStone Real Estate ("SRE") announced today the final closing of StepStone Real Estate Partners IV ("SREP IV"), its fourth in a series of funds focused on special situations secondaries and recapitalizations of real estate vehicles. SREP IV's $1.4 billion final closing exceeded the $1 billion target for the fund and notably, approximately $870 million of the commitments closed after the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisors for the formation of the fund. SREP IV is double the size of its predecessor, SREP III, which had its final closing in February 2017 with $700 million in primary commitments and invested capital of approximately $1.2 billion, including capital from co-investors.

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German real estate investment company LINUS Capital opens office in London, UK

prnewswire | September 21, 2020

LINUS Capital continues its growth trajectory by establishing a presence in the United Kingdom (UK). The Berlin-based investment company finances real estate projects with debt and mezzanine capital through its self-managed £320 million debt fund. LINUS gives experienced private and institutional investors the opportunity to participate in these investments while always acting as an anchor investor contributing at least 25% of the investment volume from its debt fund. Driven by its success in Germany - LINUS has financed more than 40 real estate projects with capital in excess of £450 million in only four years - the company is now exporting its unique business model to the UK. The new office of Linus Capital will be based in London Mayfair and led by the two Managing Directors Lukas Endl and Lee Abdul Sow.

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Spotlight

The measure of the rate at which work is performed is called “productivity”. It is a ratio of production output to what is required to produce it. The measure of productivity is defined as a total output per one unit of a total input. In construction, the output is usually expressed in weight, length, or volume, and the input resource is usually in cost of labor or man-hours. There are many standards available in the construction industry for contractors as reference values for purposes of construction cost estimation. These standards may vary in values but most are similar in principle. This white paper will explore labor factoring and how advances in technology are making management of labor productivity more predictable. The use of technology can expose inefficiencies, enable visualization of problem areas, and improve construction planning accuracy, as well as provide documentation and visualization to support or defend change order requests and construction claims.