Bless your ears with our cutting-edge virtual town halls, fireside chats, and other content—all from industry professionals in the AEC/CRE space, corporate innovators and more. Produced by Shadow Ventures, for more visitshadow.vc
Guests: the Urban Land Institute
With flooding, heatwaves, wildfires, and air pollution presenting a huge risk to the built environment and urban populations, how do we prepare the cities in which we live? Join us and ULI Atlanta for a deeper dive into the evolving effects of climate change on the built environment. Here, we explore the main challenges the industry is facing related to climate change, best practices for assessing markets for physical risk and resilience, building design, and in addition to highlighting some of the key findings in ULI’s Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making report.
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Guest: David Rachelson
As the population continues to grow, the amount of waste generated is expected to increase by 7% year over year globally. That’s a lot of trash, and the impact it can have on society, the environment, and economies — hauling waste isn’t free — could be detrimental. Effective waste management in the built environment is a key component to creating sustainable, healthy cities. It will take a collaborative approach between the public and private sectors to make it happen. Join us for a chat with Rubicon’s Chief Sustainability Officer, David Rachelson as we discuss the ways the built environment can reduce waste to meet the needs of future generations.
David believes in the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. He currently leads sustainability efforts for Rubicon focused on eradicating landfills through technology and innovative closed-loop solutions.
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Guest: Kathleen Hetrick
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s the importance of creating healthier buildings. This need goes beyond adding sanitizing stations and more space to social distance and touches on every aspect of the way we design, build, and operate. Join Kathleen Hetrick, Senior Sustainability Engineer at Buro Happold for a deeper dig into the rise of public health in the built environment and why it must be considered when building resilient, sustainable buildings.
Kathleen Hetrick is a senior engineer at Buro Happold and a WELL AP and LEED AP BD+C accredited professional. As part of the Buro Happold Los Angeles Sustainability team, Kathleen combines her passion for regenerative design with a technical background in Architectural Engineering. She leads the sustainable design process on a wide range of cutting-edge buildings including LEED Platinum, Zero Carbon and Living Building Challenge projects, historical adaptive reuse, LEED Neighbourhood Developments, and university sustainability plans. She is currently leading the Living Building Challenge process for the Santa Monica City Hall East, which aims to create a new precedent for Net Zero Energy and Water buildings in Southern California. She also co-facilitates Buro Happold’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum, spearheading the outreach initiatives to encourage local K-12 students to pursue sustainability-focused careers in STEM. She is currently a board member of USGBC-LA and the Young Professionals Council at LA Promise Fund.
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Want to know what trends will impact climate tech investing in 2021 from a venture perspective? Join Emily Fritze, Senior Associate at the Westly Group, for a conversation on the climate tech venture landscape in 2021.
Emily Fritze is an investor at The Westly Group, a venture fund in Menlo Park that invests in sustainable energy, buildings, transportation, and industry. Before joining her current firm, she helped run Powerhouse Ventures, a clean energy seed fund and incubator in Oakland, where she invested in pre-seed and seed-stage startups. Emily started her career in politics, and served as Senior Director in the Obama White House, managing climate and energy initiatives, as well as in policy roles to Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, at the U.S. Department of Energy and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Outside of work, Emily loves to read, play pick-up basketball, and backpack throughout California and beyond.
This is the first event in a series dedicated to digging deeper into green building technology and the policies and practices that support its adoption. Hosted by Shadow Associate, Anastasia Simon.
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Join Shadow Ventures CEO KP Reddy and our multifamily venture partners as they answer questions about the state of multifamily real estate, trends, and technology, and property tech investors supporting our multifamily initiatives.
Who are the Venture Partners?
VICE PRESIDENT - OLIVE TREE HOLDINGS / PARTNER - OLIVE TREE VENTURES
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER | INCOME PROPERTY SPECIALISTS
REAL ESTATE AGENT & INVESTOR
CO-FOUNDER & INVESTOR | PROPTECH ANGELS
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ESG criteria are an indicator of the social responsibility of a company. How a corporation responds to climate change; how they treat their workers, shareholders, and the surrounding community; how they manage money: all these factors come into play. Socially conscious investors can use this knowledge to help them decide where they’d like to invest. And they have been; according to the US SIF-Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, between 2016 and 2018 there was a 34% increase in ESG-evaluated assets under management for a total of $30.7 trillion worldwide. So what does that mean for sustainability professionals?
It means communication surrounding ESG is essential for financial success. It means corporations need to be able to tell the story of what they’re doing to meet ESG criteria, and how they’re doing it. Join Brad Dockser as he discusses strategies for optimizing your ESG messaging.
Bradford H. Dockser is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Green Generation, which engineers and implements comprehensive integrated energy efficiency solutions that lower operating costs while improving sustainability on behalf of a diverse set of clients worldwide. Founded in 2011, GreenGen transforms the world’s built environment through innovation and solutions by integrating energy, real estate, technology, and capital markets to Operate in the Green.
COVID-19 sent the masses back to the comfort of their homes to keep the daily grind going. As time goes on, eventually we’ll find ourselves back in cubicles, co-working spaces and offices just like the good old days. If you’re a building owner/developer, you must ask yourself: What can I do to keep any potential spread/contamination from happening right now? Indoor air quality is an issue that HAS to be tackled prior to workplace reopening. Join Ellie Amirnasr, CEO of qlair—a startup helping facility management professionals be more efficient in their building operations and indoor environmental control—as she discusses the keys to a safe and habitable workplace that lunch and learns & coffee breaks can get back to happening in.
Asset Managers and Operators – there’s a lot on your mind, especially now, but we’re hoping to soothe some of your concerns surrounding costs and assets. Truth is, there are a lot of new tools in the market addressing a plethora of operating needs and problems. These tools have the power to reduce costs and improve asset quality. How do you know which ones are right for your property or how to implement them? Featuring Brad Dockser, Mollie Fadule and K.P. Reddy.
Too often, corporate innovation starts with opening a fancy new headquarters near a college campus and ends with sponsoring a hackathon or two. We'll explore perspectives from major corporations on the best approach to disrupt themselves from the inside out, creating measurable value for their organizations. Lead by Shadow Ventures Senior Associate, Brian Sayre
Climate change is impacting every aspect of the future of housing – where we build, how we design, and what products we use. These panelists, moderated by Jennifer Castenson, VP of Programming at Hanley Woods, are redefining how we think about where and how we'll live in the future.
Speaker, Anitha Vadavatha is an exponential technologies advisor, alumna of Singularity University (SU), founder of d.Cent Labs & an ExO Works consultant. She was recognized as one of the ‘Top Ten Frontier Women’ in Blockchain & Digital Assets by the UN-5th Element Group And is a mentor and advisor to AI, Blockchain, and Bio-Healthcare companies at SU Ventures, SU Smart City accelerator, and the CLSI & GSV Labs.
More corporations than ever are investing directly into early-stage companies and funds with the goal of implementing technology to improve their business while also providing equity. For startups, there are major advantages to taking capital from a strategic source, but also some drawbacks. This panel, moderated by Shadow Ventures' Senior Associate Nick Durham, aims to demystify what's happening in the world of strategic VC.
Thornton Tomasetti CTO, Rob Otani knows the future of design will require a fully integrated vertical process whereby architects and engineers intelligence will embedded throughout the entire building process - from conception to facilities management. To get there, the AEC industry needs to disrupt traditional delivery methods and industry standards.
Technology is already augmenting our jobs but when will the robots finally replace us? The answer isn't as straightforward as we think. Listen to Rosanna Beron of Infotycoon, Zlatko Bogoevski of Betterbot, Mike Brewer of RADCO, and Michael Myers of Hayvn discuss.
Dive into the nitty-gritty of optimizing new building technologies to drive value. The moderator comes from a global leader in energy management, Schneider Electric. It's his job to make sure our buildings, our infrastructure, and our mission-critical facilities are as smart as the vehicles we drive.
We're at the pinnacle of brick-and-mortar being rocked to its core by untraditional direct to consumer brands. The question now is what will the future look like for more traditional retailers as they fight to remain relevant. Leading this conversation, Shadow Ventures Marketing Strategist Kayla Merritt.
Ash Zandieh, CIO at CREtech led a conversation on the ways technology is disrupting commercial real estate with Chris Bledsoe, Co-founder of Ollie, Mark Smukler, Co-founder of Bixby, and Emir Dukic, Founder of Rabbu.
During Shadow Summit 2019, Anton Dy Buncio, Co-Founder and COO, VIATechnik will moderate a panel that includes the following AEC professionals: Walker Thisted, Director of Business Development, FGP Atelier, Clive Jordan, Founder and CEO of LOD Planner, Corey Overton, Senior Design Lead, Chic-Fil-A centered on the future of BIM beyond design and construction.
During Shadow Summit 2019, Patrick Antrim, CEO & Founder of Multifamily Leadership, led a discussion with Kerry Kirby, CEO of 365 Connect, and Darren Williams, President at Portico, on how technology is reshaping multifamily real estate
The economic developer who has agreed to let us inside his mind is Brian McGowan. Taking us through this journey is Soon Mee Kim, the Executive Vice President and Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader for Porter Novelli.
Current disruptions in the economy due to COVID-19 have thrown the relationship between sales representatives, BPMs and architects into a loop. In the past, everything was smooth – but the crisis we’re going through has thrown any normality down the drain. As tech becomes more prominent in the construction industry following the economy’s eventual recovery, just how will the relationship between BPMs, arhictects and sales reps reform?
A long-time accomplished professional in the built industry himself; Casey Robb joins to discuss.
For the past few years, a major pivot has been underway in the worlds of luxury and retail. As owners started to rethink what luxury means to high net worth consumers (and retail properties to the middle-class alike), the pandemic slam dunked over any immediate plans to action. After social distancing ends, just what will the demand be for projects, across the board? Will the current economic downturn – the worst since the 1920s – revert its dip anytime soon? For bored billionaires and centi-millionares, you gotta think the pandemic is driving them crazy. Will they still put stock into properties following the longest isolation and removal from their economic fantasies in their lives?
Join Sangeetha Ramkumar, founder & CEO of Satori@20, for a virtual talk via Zoom. She’ll be joined by DeAnna McIntosh, founder of The Affinity Group International, to provide insi
Over the last few months, we’ve witnessed the global pandemic change the way people live, work, and interact with each other. It has forced the acceleration of technology adoption and shattered the status quo at a rate never seen before. Nick Durham, Senior Associate, Shadow Ventures will sit down with Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VIATechnik for a fireside chat discussing how AEC firms can effectively transition to the industry’s new normal. They’ll dive into a discussion on how technology and innovation will be core to successful companies’ responses to a post-COVID world.
How can the AEC industry get through this? Find out.
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a virtual design & construction consulting and implementation firm transforming the real estate and construction industry. . For her innovative contributions to the AEC industry, Danielle was awarded Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 in 2018 and ENR Top Young Professional National 20 under 40 in 2019. Danielle serves on the Board of Directors for Ryan Companies US, a $2B Integrated Real Estate Development, Construction, and Design firm and J.F. Brennan, a 100 year-old firm specializing in marine and heavy civil construction. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
We’re in the midst of the greatest economic downturn since The Great Depression. How can you lockdown a job during The Great Lockdown? Is a work-from-home position a feasible long-term fix to your employment status?
Join Veronica Jenkins, Head of Global Talent at the HIVE Talent Acquisition Firm, for a virtual town hall via Zoom!
As Head of Global Talent and co-founder of HIVE Talent Acquisition Firm, Veronica strives to put the focus back on people within the HR space. She is a thought leader within the HR community and is driven by the positive change that HR stands to effect within the world. Veronica has HR recruitment and talent management experience in just about every industry including IT, Supply Chain Management, Hospitality, Medical, Finance & Accounting, and Telecom. She is also a certified HR professional in Diversity & Inclusion and has years of experience in Strategic Planning. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys cooking and traveling with her family.to
Come to her town hall to hear all the insight and tips surrounding the current job hunting situtation – which is not the easiest! Discussion and questions are encouraged.
New to venture capital & angel investing? Struggling to find a pathway to success? Or are you simply interested in the plethora of potential VC offers?
Join Yaakov Zar, founder of Lev; acommercial real estate finance brokerage, for a virtual town hall. He’ll cover the tips and strategies vital to building a successful venture.
At Lev, Yaakov leads a team of the industry’s hardest-working capital market advisors, powered by real estate’s most advanced capital platform to find and close the right loan for your property. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, Lev identifies the best financing scenarios and lenders for every deal, based on historical data and lender activity. Come and ask him all about finance, real estate, and building a successful venture!
Join Jennifer Castenson, the vice president of programming for Hanley Wood, for a virtual town hall, featuring a special guest!
Innovation is one the key factors driving the housing market in today’s world. Just how can it still be utilized and proven effective given the current economic climate?
At Hanley Wood, Jennifer provides leadership and collaboration across all verticals in housing to drive innovation. She develops and curates content across a variety of forums to provide audiences with fresh, innovative perspective.
Join Jit Kee Chin, Chief Data and Innovation Officer at Suffolk; for a fireside chat.
At Suffolk, Jit is responsible for leveraging modern advances in data and technology to improve the organization’s core business. She is responsible for helping Suffolk achieve its vision of transforming the construction experience, and rethinking how we build in the digital age. Prior to Suffolk she spent 10 years with McKinsey and Company advising Fortune 100 companies on strategic, commercial and advanced analytics topics. Jit graduated from Caltech with a BSc in Physics and English Literature and later received her PhD in Physics from MIT.
She’ll be joined by Shadow Ventures’ CTO Matt Ohlman. Matt has an extensive background rooted in startups, the built industry, and more.
Come listen to them discuss how you can predict outcomes in the construction market as easy as a poker world champion wins hands!
Join Matthew Abeles, VP of construction technology and innovation at ABC, for a virtual AMA.
Abeles, who has advised and raised capital for many construction technology companies, is a recognized leader in the field. In 2014, he co-founded BuiltWorlds, a media company and digital network for construction, real estate, finance and development leaders, which hosts global events and produces industry research. In this role, he was responsible for outreach to established and emerging players in the construction and real estate sectors developing next-generation technologies, as well as talking to influential audiences about the future of the construction industry.
Can the property management industry continue its skyrocketing growth through the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you a business owner, startup leader, or interested professional looking for advice and tips on how to navigate the economical downturn in Prop. MGMT?
Join Omri Stern, founder & CEO of Jones, for a virtual coffee chat.
Jones is a software company that solves the most archaic workflow in commercial real estate – insurance certificates. In just 18 months, Jones software has been adopted by over 1,000 office, retail, industrial and multi-family assets with companies such as JLL, Rudin, and Prologis. Prior to founding Jones, Omri was the first sales hire at Zerofootprint, a software company helping real estate owners to optimize energy usage. Omri earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, his undergraduate degree from the Inter-Disciplinary Center and served in the Israel Defense Forces.
Join Craig Deitelzweig, President and CEO of Merchants’ National Properties, for a virtual talk via Zoom.
Craig oversees a portfolio of more than 5 million square feet of space across the US, including marquis properties such Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, NY (the first open air shopping center in the US), 10 Grand Central and 545 Madison Avenue in NY, NY, 207 Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA, and numerous development sites in markets such as Washington, DC and Boston, MA. Additionally, he is a member of the Shadow Ventures Strategic Advisory Council.
He’ll be joined by our own Nick Durham, an associate at Shadow Ventures. Nick has a plethora of experience in the built industry, managing startups, creating awesomeness and more.
They’ll discuss the current New York real estate scene, how its being effected by the global pandemic, economic downturn, and more!
Join Brandon Huffman, the managing principal & portfolio manager at Rubenstein Partners, for a virtual town hall via Zoom. Brandon has been in the financial business for almost 15 years, and has a plethora of knowledge when it comes to investing, dealing with equity, and more.
Join Ginny Miller, the Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Jamestown Properties, for a virtual town hall via Zoom. Jamestown is a design-focused real estate investment and management company with a 35+ year track record and a clear mission: to transform spaces into innovation hubs and community centers. Ginny joined Jamestown last year after receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, she led corporate innovation consulting engagements with Fortune 500 brands.
Come hear her discuss how technology is propelling Jamestown through the COVID-19 crisis!
Join L.D. Salmanson, CEO and Co-Founder of Cherre, for a virtual town hall via Zoom. L.D. has extensive experience founding, advising, and investing in leading private technology companies. Prior to founding Cherre, L.D. served as Executive Director of Oppenheimer’s Private Shares Group, after Oppenheimer acquired Greencrest Capital, a firm he co-founded to enable pre-IPO transactions in some of the largest private technology companies in the world, including Facebook, Twitter, and Uber.
In part 1, Innovation is Killing the Planet, I discussed innovation’s role in climate change. Innovation has created abundance, and abundance has created waste. And unfortunately, the built environment is the #1 producer of waste in the world. Technology created this mess—but it’s also the solution.
The planet is on fire. Literally. Australia is in the middle of a particularly devastating bushfire season. I’m not here to debate climate change or how bad it is or isn’t; what I want to focus on is waste.