Where Real Estate Gets Its Dirt

Blueprint

There has been a lot of great buzz around Blueprint, a relatively new proptech conference in Las Vegas. I’ll be attending and covering the event for the first time this year. The speaker lineup looks great with the likes of Pete Flint, Spencer Rascoff, Adena Hefets, Brian Bair, Dave Garland, Errol Samuelson, and many others. The lobby bar should be full of some interesting folk.

The people at Blueprint were nice enough to give me a link to share with Vendor Alley readers to get $200 discount of the normal price to attend the event. Just click here ===> Blueprint Event Discount

Hope to see you there!

Industry Relations podcast is a finalist to win an Inman Innovator Award for top video or podcast

Speaking of Inman Connect, Rob Hahn and I are a finalist for and Inman Innovator Award for top video or podcast. This was a complete surprise and grateful for those who nominated us.

I’m not sure when they announce the winners but we have some stiff competition.

See you at Inman Connect Las Vegas

I’ve been asked to moderate a few sessions at Inman Connect Las Vegas next week.

Wednesday, August 9th -Pinyon 4 (Main Stage)

3:05 PM to 3:25 PM
Proptech M&A and Capital Markets Update: What You Need to Know

3:25 PM to 3:45 PM
How Can the MLS Be a Broker’s Business Partner?

3:50 PM to 4:05 PM
Is Clear Cooperation Working The Way We Hoped It Would?

These are some juicy subjects for me, and I’ve some great panelists so these season ought to be fun!

Hope to see you there!

Event: Turn On

As one does, I was going through my inbox and came across a gem from Marc Davison of 1000watt. The piece is entitled, The harpoon and the row boat. Marc is a great writer, and for some reason when I read anything he writes I hear the voice of Bono from U2 in my head. Are they really going to perform without Larry Mullen Jr.?? But I digress.

The article is an example of the deep thinking the guys at 1000watt put into real estate. In this case “recruiting”. But it’s more than “recruiting”. It’s coming at a problem with a design mindset. It’s asking question after question after question after question until you get to the essence of the problem you are trying to solve.

What the article also reminded me of is an event 1000watt is hosting next month in Portland, Oregon. It’s called TURN ON. I’m going and I CAN NOT WAIT! And what I have written about this event before is still true today.

“So if you want to cleanse your palette of the normal, because in 2023 we are all going to need new ideas and inspiration, then you should sign up too.”

The guys at 1000watt have been generous to give me a couple tickets to give away at a phoneomal discount. But only to those who haven’t registered already.

So if you are interested in joining me and other truth seekers be one of the first ones to reach out to me I’ll send you a link.

5…4….3…2…1

List of 2023 Real Estate Events

A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF 2023 REAL ESTATE EVENTS

“We intend to make this list as comprehensive and up to date as possible over the course of the year. Email daniel@inman.com with events for consideration or with changes to events already on the calendar. Please include the name of the event, the date and a website as we update the post periodically.”

I’ve tried and failed at putting together a list like this hopefully Daniel and Inman News does a better job. I’m going to be optimistic and bookmark this in my browser. Thanks Inman News!

UPDATE: WAV GROUP also has an excellent resource => Real Estate Events and Happenings

T3 Tech Summit

I had a chance to attend the T3 Tech Summit in Newport Beach, California. A few people have asked me online how the event was so I thought I would do a quick post on my experience.

Jack Miller President & CEO of T3 Sixty

All in all Jack and team did a great job and would definitely want to attend again.

The event was held a the Vea hotel in Newport Beach, CA. The hotel was recently remodeled beautifully. I believe Marriott still manages the property but it was more of a resort vibe than the old Marriott that stood there. This is a signature of T3 events, where they like to hold them in upscale and sometimes unique properties. The best thing was it was only about 15 minutes from my house. : )

The event kicked off on October 31st with a short keynote presentation and a welcome reception. I think that may have hurt them a bit (along with being just a week before NAR Annual), I had to leave the welcome reception early to go spend Halloween with the kiddos, so I’m sure a lot of people either didn’t attend or arrived the day after due to the conflict.

Dr. Howard and Jack

I really enjoyed the keynote. The speaker was Dr. Ayanna Howard. She was at NASA’s JPL working on the Mars rover and is now Dean at the College of Engineering at Ohio State University. I think this is also a trademark of T3 events, really unique keynote speakers. I sense someone over there is a space nerd too, so loving that thread. Dr. Howard was super smart and spoke about AI.

They had a bunch of other speakers. I really enjoyed Wendy Purvey, President, and COO of Pacific Sothebys International. Wendy has been in real estate for over 30 years and did a great job explaining where brokers’ headspace is at now and how companies selling technology should be approaching them in this market.

I also enjoyed Jimmy Mackin from Curaytor. His presentation about the metrics from high-producing teams and how brokers can win by duplicating Zillow (I’m paraphrasing here) was amazing.

There was also a mix of speakers from T3 Sixty highlighting their services (another staple of T3 events), which feel a bit long, but hey, you gotta pay the bills!

One of the features T3 Sixty was highlighting before the event was the “experience rooms’. Basically these were rooms with large displays. The “experience” part was dependent on the vendor, so they were a bit hit or miss. But I do appreciate T3’s goal of bringing innovation and a new experience to your standard vendor alley (pardon the pun).

They also gave out the “EXHIBIT” design awards for brokerages. They split the country into 3 parts, West, Mid-West, and East Coast. I was less impressed with the choices here. For instance, I don’t care what you show me there is no way Baird & Warner beat out West + Main for best brokerage design.

I loved, loved, loved the “pitch battles”. Three vendors (per product/service segment) got up on stage and had a limited time to pitch their product/service. Then a group of three judges of industry peeps (Sean Wheeler, CTO of Lone Wolf is pictured in the middle seat) gave their feedback and favorite along with audience voting.

I didn’t get a chance to attend day 3 of the conference, the fuel pump in my VW Beatle failed on the way to the event (long story).

During the event I caught Stefan watching intently from about the 4th row, stage right. I can imagine him taking mental notes, and his other thoughts having commanded the stage for so long. I’m sure more than once he would have loved to jump up on the riser himself. But I don’t think you have to worry Stefan. The boys (and girls) are alright.

Thanks again to Jack and Travis and the rest of the T3 Sixty team for their wonderful hospitality and looking forward to next year.

Industry Update Video – CMLS 2022

Photo Credit: Sam Scott

Many thanks to John Warner for recording this video last week at the CMLS 2022 Conference. Enjoy!

Event: Reign

I’ve got an inside scoop about a new real estate conference. It’s called Reign and brought to you by Sisu.

Reign is the newest real estate industry conference that’s geared towards teams. The content is all about leadership, building and maintaining a productive culture, and ultimately growing and scaling businesses.

The event will feature top industry speakers like Verl Workman, Brett Tanner and Vija Williams, attendees can learn from those who have already done what they’re setting out to do. Beyond industry guests on stage, Reign will host a retired SEAL Team leader who has definitely seen some shit. His name is Matthew Werner and he’s led some of the most sensitive missions throughout the globe – some of which you have seen and others that have not been seen in the media.

But to be honest one of the biggest reasons I’m promoting this is because former W+R Studios alumna, Frances Wiseman is the Director of Marketing at Sisu. I know a lot of you know Frances so I’m hoping you can show her some love by promoting this event to agents and brokers at your MLS or brokerage. Maybe in an email, calendar, or MLS login screen 😁

The event runs September 28-30 so don’t delay! Let’s get the word out!

Thanks.

Reunited in Vegas

via GIPHY

Back to the future baby! I will be co-moderating the Tech & Data Track at Inman Connect Las Vegas this year with none other than Zillow’s greatest acquisition, Katie Smithson.

So join us for the content, stay for all the inside jokes and if you have any topics you like us to us cover DM either of us.

@gregrobertson
@katiebug621

Double booked!

It’s been a hell of 3 weeks. Inman Connect NYC, RESO Spring Conference, and this week a double whamo, NAR Midyear (after a two-year hiatus), and the T3 Summit in San Antonio. It’s a shame they are landing in the same week. I blame NAR for that, just like I blame them for booking their iOi Summit on the same days as CMLS 2022. Lamesauce.

John
Jessica

Many companies I’ve spoken to are splitting teams. At Lone Wolf we have John Warner and Jessica Richardson hosting meetings at NAR Midyear for our MLS Team. If you want to meet, don’t be shy and reach out to them.

I’m heading to the T3 Summit in San Antonio, so I hope to see some of you there as well. Travel safe everyone!

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