6 Real Estate Startups Poised to Disrupt the Industry

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Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. A man talks on his phone (bottom) as buildings are reflected in the glass on Madison Avenue in New York. Silicon Valley may be the technology hub of the United States, but there are exciting things happening in tech around the country as well, including several real estate startups cropping up in New York that could have national implications.


Why Is Japanese Telecom Heavyweight SoftBank Buying Fortress Investment?

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Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. SoftBank's announcement last week that it was acquiring major alternative investment player Fortress Investment Group for $3.3 billion gave rise to many questions about the direction in which the Japanese telecommunications and technology giant is heading. Along the way, it also sheds light on several aspects of global finance, including commercial real estate, technology investment and the Japanese economy, that might otherwise seem to have little to do with one another.


Real estate's tech disruptors

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UPDATED, Feb. 5, 11:38 a.m.: Just 20 years ago, fax machines were in wide use and most people didn't have cell phones. Fast forward to today, and smartphones are inescapable and personal hotspots are tucked into everyone's pockets. The real estate industry has seen its own advances during that time, with drones debuting on construction sites and prefabricated modular apartments now being snapped together easily onsite.


Dubai To Open Up To Crowdfunding Platforms, As Part Of Fintech Push

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Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. The regulator of offshore financial hub the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is preparing to license loan-based crowdfunding platforms for the first time. The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has begun a consultation process on its proposed framework for the sector, which is also sometimes known as peer-to-peer lending.


All I Want For Christmas Is Big Data

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Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. We already know that big data is changing finance and that the business of retail is intricately connected with the business of real estate. As we head into Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season, let's drill down into one of the ways big data and data analytics can improve retail performance -- and by extension, can improve the prospects of commercial real estate in the retail sector.