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Real Disruption: Big Data, Big Real Estate Decisions

May 7, 2015
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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Bank of America Auditorium
First Floor, 100 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110 United States


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This Real Disruption program explores the new frontier of “big data” and the powerful ways it is influencing real estate decision making. The Real Disruption panelists will present new platforms and applications that make buying, selling, and developing more efficient than ever before. These applications identify market trends and use new technology to help professionals make focused, connected, and individualized decisions. The Disruptor Panel discussion will show who the real estate winners and losers within this disruptive new environment.






realdisruptionSuzanne Mulvee

Suzanne Mulvee, Director of US Retail Research, CoStar Portfolio Strategy

Suzanne Mulvee, CFA, designs strategies for investing across the U.S. apartment, office, retail and warehouse property markets. She has a particular interest in implementing new technology that enables her team to customize CoStar’s core research to suit specific investment criteria and help clients communicate portfolio performance and forward-looking strategies to stakeholders. Suzanne has written a number of white papers and numerous articles for publications including Commercial Investment Real Estate, MBA Newslink, CMBS World, and NCREIF’s Real Estate Performance Report. She is often cited in industry news journals as well as in national media outlets for opinions on real estate investment performance.

Disruptor Panelists:

Nela Richardson, Chief Economist, Redfin

As Chief Economist for Redfin, Nela leads a team of data scientists and real estate journalists to create an up-to-date analysis of the real estate market. Nela regularly provides insight on market trends and public policy to media outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and CNN. Redfin has redefined consumer real estate as the most popular brokerage website in the US, closing five to six times more deals per year than traditional agents. Now, Redfin Builder Services brings its deep understanding of customer preferences and purchase trends to the development process by partnering with real estate developers and home-builders on site selection and strategies for reaching the right buyers for each project.

realdisruptionheadshotAlex Kapur, Founder & CEO, OpportunitySpace

At OpportunitySpace, Alex is Founder and CEO of this online marketplace that enables users to discover and invest in under-valued urban real estate. Prior to OpportunitySpace, Alex helped found and build the Corporate Intelligence practice group at PwC, where he designed, built and sold technology solutions. OpportunitySpace is an OpenData company featured in GovLab’s recent OpenData 500 initiative, Opportunity Space streamlines messy and fragmented data into qualitative insights, allowing real estate entrepreneurs to make informed investment decisions. OpportunitySpace technology incorporates proprietary processes – gathering information held by governments and public entities – and renders it in a way that enables users to pursue urban real estate opportunities.

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Charlie Oshman, Founder & Chief Product Architect, Reonomy

Prior to founding Reonomy, Charlie sold commercial real estate performance data to banks, lenders, and independent advisory firms.  Using his software development experience, he founded Reonomy to make commercial property and market level research simple. Reonomy’s research platform enables you to conduct quantitative-based analyses that currently take hours, days, or even weeks and execute them in a matter of clicks.  By compiling a variety of commercial real estate data analyses, Reonomy sources information for lenders, investors, and brokers in an extremely user-friendly way.  This allows real estate users to perform extensive data analysis in a faster, more efficient way than any other data provider on the market.


Dave Cattell, Founder & CEO, New Dirt

David Cattell, CCIM, MCR, has 30+ years of nationwide corporate real estate development and property management experience, where he drove the expansion of over 1,400 commercial facilities. He created New Dirt to provide a targeted, site-submittal process for commercial real estate professionals. New Dirt is a 21st century solution to the avalanche of emails, phone calls and printed proposals that overwhelm today’s busy corporate real estate and development executives. It provides a global platform that ranks the correlation between properties marketed for sale or lease with specific site criteria: locational, demographic and structural. Using data analyses to match site characteristics to use requirements, NewDirt speeds the interaction between brokers, developers and corporate real estate decision makers.

realdisruptionArieBarendrechtArie Barendrecht, Founder & CEO, WiredScore

Arie Barendrecht is the Co-Founder of WiredScore and Executive Director of WiredNYC program. WiredScore partnered with former mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYCEDC to develop WiredNYC.  WiredScore buildings have best-in-class Internet connectivity and cutting-edge digital infrastructure. A Wired Certified building is recognized as achieving the premier mark of excellence in connectivity. From Los Angeles’s modern One California Plaza to New York’s iconic Empire State Building, over 325 buildings and 155 million square feet are certified to date. WiredScore’s rapidly expanding national presence and growing database of premium wired buildings continues to make innovative people and businesses more connected.


Online registration closes Tuesday, May 5, 2015. All registration fees increase by $10 after May 5.

Walk-in registration will be available at the event on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30 AM.

Registration Fees ULI/MIT AACRE Members Non-Members
Private Sector $ 45 $ 65
Public Sector/Nonprofit $ 30 $ 45
Young Leader (under 35) $ 30 $ 45
Student (full-time) $ 25 $ 35

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