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29 Technology Companies to Present at Keller Williams' futuRE Pitch Battle
29 technology companies have been named to present at futuRE, an invitation-only real estate technology pitch battle. Powered by Keller Williams, futuRE will focus on "where the next generation of real estate begins." During the pitch battle, 29 tech companies will compete for votes from agents for the opportunity to operate within the Keller Williams ecosystem and the Keller Cloud, a proprietary, AI-fueled real estate cloud for Keller Williams agents. More than 450 real estate leaders on-site will vote together with agents in North America via livestream to select 10 finalists, one finalist per theme, to prioritize and onboard into the Keller Cloud. The themes and the companies are as follows: Agent OperationsFollow Up Boss, Clarity Office Anywhere and Virtudesk AI/Predictive Analytics / Automated ValueEstimateON, The Ibuyer App, and Likely Sellers Automation / Time ManagementConversation Monster, Verse.io, and Homebeat Community / Sphere of InfluenceHome Hub, Handwrytten, and Iovox Call Tracking Education / LearningAceable Agent, Digs, and Keeper Tax – Tax Filing End-to-End Consumer Experiencehomediary PRO, PoolStar, and MooveGuru Lead GenerationSlydial / Slybroadcast and Taradel Property ManagementReal Market Tech, HomeJab, and APP (Automated Property Promotion) SearchSocial Survey, Reonomy, and RealScout Buyer Graph Social Media / VideoYlopo Dynamic Video Ads (DyVa), VlogEasy, and Paradym Marketing Suite The first place winner will receive a $15,000 prize and second place will receive a $5,000 prize. Top winners will be priority onboarded onto the Keller Cloud ahead of other finalists. "With futuRE, we're again displaying our deep commitment to empower our agents with choice," said Jeff Tamaru, head of corporate development, Keller Williams. "We expect our inaugural technology pitch battle to offer up a host of more best-in-class options for agents to choose how they want to run their business within the Keller Cloud." The futuRE event will take place at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas on Dec. 9 and 10. The group of 29 tech companies was selected from an original list of more than 80 companies competing for access into the Keller Cloud during a weeklong voting process that happened in November 2019.
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[Podcast] With RESO Setting the Standard, Will Real Estate Innovation Accelerate?
The dirty work. The work that nobody sees. Like the job of the football's offensive linemen who toil in the trenches to protect high profile quarterbacks. They are unseen, but without them, the offense goes nowhere. Kind of like the role of a standards organization. Some have said that data is the new oil in real estate, and if that's the case, the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) might well be the organization that holds the key to how well industry incumbents can fully leverage the power of Big Data. At the same time, one must wonder if broad adoption of data and business standards will accelerate pressure from newcomers. In either case, RESO's work is critical to real estate industry innovation, and in this episode of Gradually...Then, suddenly!, we talk with Sam DeBord, RESO's new CEO to explore some of these questions and more. You are invited to tune in and learn more by clicking the link below or listening on your favorite podcast site. Tune in to the podcast now! Russ Cofano is a 30-year real estate industry veteran who has served in executive capacities in various industry sectors. Russ was President of eXp World Holdings, led Industry Relations for Realtor.com, and acted as Chief Executive Officer for the Missouri REALTORS. He is a noted author and speaker at industry events on data, technology and innovation in the brokerage industry.    
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BoxMLS Announces New Open Source Initiative
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OpenAI Says New AI too Risky for Full Disclosure
OpenAI has determined its latest research into language-processing AI models has high-risk implications if fully released to the public—a risk OpenAI has felt compelled to limit the amount of published information from this advanced research. Before diving deeply into the research, here is a little information about OpenAI. OpenAI was created at the end of 2015 through a $1 billion backing by leading Silicon Valley people and organizations. The goal for this non-profit group clearly outlines its mission statement.
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The 'NOT INVENTED HERE' Philosophy Can Get You in Trouble with Technology!
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A Real Estate Brokerage with a Technology Vision
The Keller Williams pivot is beginning to make sense to me. At a time when many franchise companies are focused on systems integration, KW is trying to become a systems developer of bespoke software. Forever and today, Keller Williams has been tirelessly focused on the agent – recruiting, training, coaching, supporting. Gary Keller is almost like the Tony Robbins of real estate. He knows that if you can help an agent to find the right headspace, their authentic headspace where the agent knows what to do and loves doing it, it's a win. Recruiting agents and building them up. Keller wants them to be successful and rich. KW's role is just to keep the heart pounding.
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Marketplace Networks in Real Estate
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Upstream Charts New Direction
UpstreamRE, LLC, owners of Upstream, the comprehensive real estate brokerage data management project created by a broad-based industry coalition, is finalizing an agreement with a new vendor to power the brokerage data platform. As a result, UpstreamRE, LLC, has amicably agreed to part ways with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Realtors Property Resource (RPR), its wholly-owned subsidiary and Upstream's technology development vendor. After the release of the system earlier this year, discussions began between the leadership of NAR and the leadership of UpstreamRE, LLC, to allow Upstream to take a different approach in 2019 and to allow NAR and RPR to focus on its new strategic initiatives, which have changed since the agreement with Upstream was signed years ago.
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Telling Your Data Story: Easy Access to RESO's Organization Unique Identifier with Microsoft Power BI
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Open API? Yes! Check that Box.
One conversation that is critical in today's ecosystem of integrated platforms is the Application Programming Interface (API) checkbox. Here is how a typical conversation on this topic is between a brokerage and their vendor partner. Brokerage: Does your platform have an API to support integration with other tools we support with our agents? Tech Company: Yes! We have an open API and we integrate with thousands and thousands of applications (a little exaggeration?). Brokerage: Cool! (Marking off the checkbox on the list of requirements.) I, too, once fell victim to this same scenario. When I reviewed an API against our business process workflow and rules, I found gaps between functionality of API and my needs. I started to question – in detail – How does their API work? with my other partners.
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Three Stories for You to Read: Amazon, Cybersecurity, App Dev
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Google Maps: It Was Too Good to Last
Over the last 13 years, Google Maps API has been a cost-effective solution for website developers and owners, especially for those in the real estate industry, allowing the display of maps and geo-location of properties by address for a nominal fee (essentially free). Well, the easy road is over as all this is changing on July 16.
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Missing Data Points
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5 Ways to Build a More Convenient User Experience
We all know about the importance of a good user experience and user interface, but what about user convenience? As an internet user, think about your most satisfying online experiences. Most likely it was tied in with how easy it was for you to find the information you were looking for. User convenience appears in various forms: Machine learning bubbles up similar products or posts to the top of your feed Voice recognition allows you to have a conversation with your device to find what you are looking for Recommendation engines log your behavior and make suggestions on everything from movies to romantic partners These tools make the experience more convenient. "I live and breathe the art of business, and if there's one thing I see emerging, it's that convenience is king," said Gary Vaynerchuk, a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia. He goes on to apply this theory to the success of Amazon's Prime Now and its ability to simplify buying and selling. If convenience is king, then we must learn how to create products with convenience in mind. Here are five simple ways to do that:
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Upstream's Journey to Production
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The 5 Best APIs for Demographics
There are a handful of ways to get demographic data for your business. The best source for you will depend on how you plan to use the data. This list includes the best sources of demographic data to provide application users an overview of an area. Demographic data can be used from everything to personalizing website experiences to deciding where to build your next business. Because of the variety of uses, it's important to set the parameters up front. If you are building something like a social platform or a real estate portal, providing your users an overview of an area can be valuable. If that's the type of experience you are trying to create, these are some great sources of demographic data.
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Is Real Estate's Next Genius Idea at San Diego's RESO DataComp?
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The 6 Things to Look for When Sourcing Quality Data
Onboard Informatics has been aggregating data for 15 years. We strive to provide quality data for our clients that it easy to use and effective, but what does that really mean? If you want to make sure the data you use is quality data, there are six key things to look for. In this blog, I'll explore each element, why it's important, and the potential ramifications if it's off. There are many ways to examine the quality of data, but these are the main components: 1. Is the Data Complete? When we talk about completeness in the context of data, we are really talking about the final user experience. In other words, will the data meet or exceed user expectations? If you are building a real estate tool that provides home sellers a recap of the last sales price of all the properties within a specific area, you want to make sure the dataset will account for all the home sales. If there are significant gaps, whether in time or area, the end user will notice and you will instantly lose credibility. When you are looking for a data source, find out how often the data is updated, the source of the data and the overall coverage to make sure it is complete.
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RESO Offers Free Web API Tools for Connecting to MLSs
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The best approach to mobile is an integrated approach
Guest contributor Delta Media Group says: It hasn't been much of a secret that Google's mobile search shows favoritism to mobile-enabled websites. And it only makes sense. If you search Google from a smartphone, wouldn't a website built to work on a smartphone make more sense to land on than one that displays poorly on a mobile device? In fact, Google has now been spotted testing a smartphone icon in search results for websites that are smartphone optimized. With two-thirds market share amongst all search engines, Google controls the web. And Google knows the web has been going mobile, and will continue moving in that direction. Previous reports showed mobile web search will surpass that from PCs by 2013. Smartphones now make up half of all cell phone purchases. And rumors keep swirling that Apple might introduce a lower-priced iPad, thus helping make tablets more accessible to the masses. There's really no argument that a mobile-enabled website is a must. But mobile sites have recently begun following a familiar path. Many websites have gone mobile for the sake of being mobile. Many have ignored web design and functionality for basic sites that provide little to users.
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