On Wednesday, January 31st, four real estate technology companies took the stage to pitch their products and services in a Shark Tank-style competition presented by ULI Boston/New England’s Technology Council.
The competition took place at Goodwin in their beautiful new office space with incredible views of Boston’s Seaport District. David Provost of Boston Properties energetically moderated the event, and Jesse Devitte of Boralis Ventures provided an excellent introduction to Technology Investing. Comfy, HqO, Starry and WiredScore each gave their best pitch and showed the sharks and audience how they are disrupting the industry.
The Sharks (Dave Greaney of Synergy Investments, Jess Hughes of Tishman Speyer and Ben Sayles of HFF) then deliberated and picked the winner – While all the companies had exciting and applicable products, there could only be one winner.
Starry was chosen as the winning team as the judges saw them having the most significant impact on the broader real estate industry as they begin to grow across the country and scale into other asset types.
Learn more about all the companies below:
- Starry, Inc., believes 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 their 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- WiredScore is the organization behind Wired Certification, the internationally recognized digital connectivity rating system for commercial real estate that helps landlords design and promotes 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.
Congratulations to all companies for excellent presentations and providing an insight into just how much change our world is likely to experience. And a special thanks to Goodwin for hosting, and sponsoring this sellout event.