Technology Council “Shark Tank” Competition
The ULI Boston/New England Technology Council brings a program unlike any other. Four emerging real estate technology companies will be vying for the Sharks’ support as they pitch their disruptive products to real estate veterans.
This will be an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the Venture Capital world with a keynote address from Jesse Devitte of Borealis Ventures.
Introductions: Jesse Devitte (Borealis Ventures)
Moderator: David Provost (Boston Properties)
Judges: Ben Sayles (HFF), Dave Greaney (Synergy), Jess Hughes (Tishman Speyer)
Companies: Comfy, HqO, Starry, WiredScore
Comfy is a smart building solution provider on a mission to create exceptional workplace experiences. With deep roots in advanced computing and thoughtful user experience, and living at the nexus of the digital world and physical space, our Oakland-based team builds unconventional software solutions for everyone — from the people who operate the building to the people who fill it.
Drew DePriest leads sales and business development in the Midwest for Comfy. Prior to Comfy, Drew spent twelve years in a variety of operations and sales roles at Automated Logic, the building automation subsidiary of United Technologies. Active in CoreNet, ASHRAE, and IFMA, Drew carries the CEM, LEED AP, and WELL AP industry credentials. He earned his MBA and MS in Finance from DePaul University, and a BS in Systems Engineering & Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
HqO is a tenant engagement platform to help landlords optimize their property and create a workspace that tenants will love. HqO partners with the leading landlords, property managers, and brokers who want to attract innovative tenants, provide a premium community experience, and increase overall asset value.
Chase Garbarino is the CEO and co-founder of HqO, a tenant engagement platform that helps landlords optimize their property and create a workplace experience that tenants will love. Chase’s background and expertise lies in building and implementing technology that connects professionals to real-world communities. Prior to HqO, Chase founded VentureApp, a business community platform, and Streetwise Media, which was acquired by American City Business Journals in 2012. Chase is also an angel investor in companies such as Drizly, Jobble, Tablelist, Notarize and lovepop.
At Starry, Inc., we believe the future is wireless. Connecting people and things to high-speed, broadband internet should be simple, effortless, and affordable. Starry is reimagining broadband access by developing an ecosystem of products designed to simplify and improve your connected life. Using our proprietary pre-standard 5G millimeter wave technology millimeter, Starry is deploying a wireless ‘last mile’ gigabit-capable broadband network to deliver high-quality, affordable internet service to homes across the country. Based in Boston and New York City, Starry is backed by world-class investors and is growing.
Katie Bickford is the rockstar VP of Sales for Starry Internet. Currently, Katie oversees the sales, account management and business development efforts for Starry across North America. Prior to Starry, Kaite held leadership positions at The Startup Institute, Acquia, and EnerNOC.
WiredScore is the organization behind Wired Certification, the internationally recognized digital connectivity rating system for commercial real estate that helps landlords design and promote their buildings’ great digital connectivity to tenants.
Wired Certification champions cutting-edge technology in commercial real estate by providing the only certification for rating the infrastructure, connectivity and technological capacity of commercial buildings.
Dave Miller has helped to grow companies in the CRE tech space for the last 5 years. Currently managing Boston for WiredScore, Dave helps landlords and developers understand and optimize connectivity for a better tenant experience and ROI. Dave is the program chair for the ULI Technology Council is always exploring new ways that technology can push limits of commercial real estate.
A special thanks to Goodwin for hosting and sponsoring this event.