The FORT Podcast: Michael Beckerman

Michael Beckerman is the founder & CEO of CRETech, the the largest international community of professionals devoted to technological innovation in the real estate sector. On this episode, Chris and Michael discuss the chaos in the event-industry as they navigate COVID-19, launching a consulting business mid-pandemic, the trend of venture arms popping up in the world’s largest companies, and the future of Real Estate Technology.


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01:50 — How Michael got into Real Estate Technology and the Current State of the Industry
04:55 — How did you start building this online community back in 2012?
06:50 — Can you describe what the entrepreneur’s mindset looks like over the last few months?
12:10 — What are the upfront costs that you risk when putting on a RET conference?
15:13 — How would the current social environment have to change in order for you to feel comfortable hosting an event again?
22:06 — How did you come up with the idea to launch a consulting business helping connect people in the Real Estate Tech world during COVID?
27:38 — What are your thoughts on major companies creating in-house venture arms to invest in emerging technologies rather than building it themselves?
30:51 — Fort Capital’s Adoption of Technology and its Role in Creating an Innovative Culture
39:50 — What new tech ideas are you seeing come out of the pandemic?
42:53 — The Future of the Real Estate Technology Industry
45:37 — Has COVID caused a radical change in how people think about higher education?

The FORT is produced by Straight Up Podcasts