real estate tech panel

What’s Hot in Real Estate? How is the real estate industry impacted by the constantly changing technology world? While the now-public Zillow and Zoopla might be seen as dominant names in real estate tech, there are a slew of startups carving out a variety of emerging categories within the real estate space. For this panel, we want to unfold the world of real estate innovation. Starting from understanding how venture capitals in Real estate works, this panel will guide you through trending topics such as Big Data, Internet of Things, and Blockchain.


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Nate Loewentheil (Moderator)

senior associate, camber creek

Nate Loewentheil is a senior associate and member of the investment team at Camber Creek, the leading venture capital firm focused on real estate technology companies. Camber Creek leverages a limited partner network of real estate owners and operators to invest in companies that are disrupting the built world. Camber’s portfolio includes companies like Rabbet, Latch, Measurabl, Bowery, VTS, Nestio, and WhyHotel. Previously, Nate served in the Obama White House as a Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council, where he advised President Obama on urban policy, transportation, and emerging technologies. Nate has also founded numerous successful social enterprises, including Baltimore Homecoming, the Millennial Action Project and the Roosevelt National Network. He is a former Forbes 30 under 30 and a nationally recognized expert on urban development. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and received his JD at Yale Law School. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Baltimore Sun and Salon.


Andy Barkett

chief technology officer, rex

Andy Barkett has over 15 years of experience in engineering and technology. At REX, Andy is working to transform and disrupt the residential real estate industry by fundamentally changing the way homes are sold through AI, machine learning, data integration, and digital marketing. He currently teaches the Big Data class in the UC Davis MS in Business Analytics program in San Francisco. Prior to working at REX, Andy served as Senior Manager, Production Engineering at Facebook and also spent time as a Technical Program Manager at Google.

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Leila Collins

senior associate, metaprop

Leila is a Senior Associate at MetaProp NYC. Leila leads the MetaProp Accelerator at Columbia University, the MetaProp Pre-Accelerator at Columbia University and the MetaProp Bridge at Columbia University. In addition, Leila is spearheading MetaProp's focus on investing in technology for increasing housing affordability. In this capacity she serves as the Investor in Residence at Enterprise Community Partners.

Leila is a Fulbright Scholar and received a BA from Johns Hopkins University where she double-majored in Anthropology and Political Science.


Zack Hughes

General Manager, Blueground Boston

Zack Hughes is the General Manager of Blueground in Boston. He previously worked at Uber for nearly five years, which he joined in Boston in 2013 as one of the company's earliest employees. He also recently served as Director of Special Projects at the Boston-based cybersecurity firm iboss. Zack holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Princeton University. 

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Dimitrios Pilitsis

managing director, cadre

Dimitrios is a Director on the investments team. Prior to Cadre, Dimitrios was an Associate
at Dune Real Estate Partners where he focused on the acquisition and asset management of
$2.3 billion of hospitality, multifamily, condominium, industrial, and land investments.
Previously, Dimitrios worked at The Blackstone Group in its real estate private equity division
and at AEW Capital Management. Dimitrios holds a B.S. from Babson College, where he
graduated with honors.

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Benjamin Pleat

ceo, cobu

Ben Pleat is CEO and Founder of Cobu (formerly known as Doorbell Communities), a real estate technology and services company that empowers multifamily owners to boost property performance by offering their residents a fun, differentiated apartment experience driven by genuine community. As a New York native, Ben has seen first hand just how impactful a sense of community can be toward bringing a sense of belonging to a physical space. Ben is constantly fascinated by innovation in the built world, and has explored the nexus of real estate and technology while with companies like WeWork, Goldman Sachs, and Israel Cleantech Ventures. Ben is based in Downtown Boston with his team.