Category: BuiltTech

Go-to-market as a built-environment startup: How do you eat a woolly mammoth?

Desmond Tutu once said, “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” Not sure who is eating elephants, but I get the point. When you face an enormous task, it’s helpful to take just a little bit at a time. If you try to eat the elephant in one […]

The misalignment of enlightenment (and living with no regrets).

At our office, we have an indoor running track. It’s a converted gym, and it’s one of the coolest things about our office. I was walking on it yesterday having a phone call (yeah, it’s better than some sort of treadmill desk). The call was with an architect who was feeling stuck at his company. […]

ESG, OPM, and Startups

In many industries, the use of OPM (other people’s money) to fund growth is the norm. As a venture capital firm, that’s obviously our job. We deploy our limited partners’ capital into startups via a fund in order to deliver a return. While we have our own capital in the fund, the majority of the […]

R&D for Real Estate Owners/Developers

I previously discussed how The Cap-Ex : Op-Ex Conundrum is the foundational issue that keeps the building industry from innovating. The planet is still on fire, and the real estate industry (broadly) is the biggest single contributor to the carbon footprint. Innovation can solve this problem, but it hasn’t happened yet. But what type of […]

The Cap-Ex : Op-Ex Conundrum

  I had two significant calls yesterday. One was with the owner/developer of a 10M+ square foot development and the other was with a president of a multi-billion-dollar building products manufacturer. There was a single theme to both conversations: How do we start optimizing the process of designing, building, and managing buildings? We reviewed several […]

Venture Capital and Carbon Neutrality

When I read an article yesterday criticizing the venture capital community for not being focused on funding innovation to support carbon neutrality, I got mad. And I anger-tweeted. Then I re-read the article to make sure I wasn’t overreacting. And you know, the journalist wasn’t totally wrong. The reality is that venture capital has historically […]

Shadow Summit Recap 2019

Last month, 200 executives in construction, design, engineering, and real estate descended on Atlanta for our second annual Shadow Summit. If you weren’t there, you definitely missed out, but this post will catch up on everything you need to know. Positive collisions Never heard of Shadow Summit, you say? We’ll you missed out. Our annual […]

Why BuiltTech, why now? My talk at Lat59 in Estonia.

Renowned AEC entrepreneur KP Reddy takes on his next venture..

This episode of Venture sees us catch up with renowned entrepreneur KP Reddy as he takes on his new chapter. This tech incubator uses their wide breadth of expertise to nurture good ideas into great companies. Watch, as our special host, Matt Gray catches up with Mr. Reddy to see how The Combine is making [...]

Civil Engineers Rule The Future!

When you hear the term “civil engineering”, your eyes and ears usually don’t perk up in anticipation like they do when you hear “new iPhone” or “driverless cars” or “Artificial Intelligence.” Instead, you think bridges, roads, dams, airports, traffic patterns…buildings. Civil engineers are boring, right? Civil Engineering is Not Boring On the surface, yes. But [...]