Smart buildings. Shared economy. Real estate FinTech. These technologies and others are poised to disrupt real estate, a traditionally slow-moving, opaque, and highly conservative industry. Which transformative technologies and business models will have the greatest impact, and which are vaporware? How will startups partner with traditional heavyweights in the sector to experiment with new technologies and roll out product across existing real estate portfolios? Immediately following the conclusion of the Real Estate Venture Competition, this panel will explore these topics and more from the perspective of leading venture capitalists and startups focused on real estate tech.


Panel Director:

Chris Grenga (Master in Architecture '19)



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Roberto Charvel is an experienced private equity investor with experience in seed capital (investment committee member of Mexico’s first seed capital fund), venture capital (worked as an associate at Siebel System’s VC fund in Silicon Valley), was recruited by the first private equity platform from the US to invest in Latin America (O’Connor Capital Partners), managed the creation and growth of Latin America’s largest real estate private equity investment operation (opened the Mexico City office for Prudential Real Estate Investors). Prudential was invested and created the first institutional multifamily for rent assets in Latin America in Mexico City, Monterrey and Santiago de Chile.

Roberto Charvel founded Vander Capital Partners in 2008, which is a privately owned independent investment and advisory firm focused on principal investing. The firm concentrates its efforts on performing direct investments, but has experience as a LP and GP as well. One of Vander Capital Partners´ subsidiaries is currently a co manager of Latin America´s first multifamily for rent real estate fund. A direct investment of Vander Capital Partners was in a multifamily for rent building already sold.

Roberto Charvel has also focused in academics and has been teaching non stop since 2003. From 2003 to 2009 he taught venture capital and private equity at ITAM’s MBA. In 2010 he was invited to teach at several programs at IPADE where he helped create Mexico’s first academic program focused in private equity (AdeCaP) where he still participates. In 2015 he was invited to teach a class on real estate in emerging markets at Harvard Business School, where he has taught at the MBA and executive programs. Mr. Charvel has written several articles on entrepreneurship, early stage investing and private equity published in newspapers, business magazines as well as technical journals. He currently has a column at Expansion, Mexico’s leading business magazine.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from ITAM (cum laude) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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As Chief Product Officer, Geoff ensures that the Honest Buildings platform is intuitive, intelligent and easy to use for customers. Geoff has always been fascinated with technology and its ability to shape the built environment. After a year researching energy efficiency and green tech as a Fulbright Scholar in China, he spent several years in private equity with a focus on technology investments. Geoff started at Honest Buildings as the head of Business Development, where he helped develop a 'customer-first' account team. Prior to Honest Buildings, Geoff worked as a private equity associate on Permira's Technology investment team and spent two years as an investment banking analyst in the Leveraged Finance group at Deutsche Bank. Geoff holds a BA from Pomona College.

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Tanin currently serves as Chief of Staff at Ollie (, a leading coliving platform based in New York City. In partnership with institutional real estate investors and developers, Ollie revolutionizes the living experience for urban renters through an “all-inclusive coliving” model that combines thoughtfully appointed furnished micro-studios and shared suites with extraordinary lifestyle-relevant services, abundant amenities, and unique community engagement activities.

Tanin joined Ollie as an Analyst in 2016, looking to apply his experience in financial engineering to disrupt and optimize an industry he grew up in -real estate development and construction. As Chief of Staff, Tanin was responsible for the Series A financing round and now focuses on the strategic development and institutional fundraising activities for the rapidly-growing company.

He holds a M.S. degree in real estate development from Columbia University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Economics from Purdue University. 



David Bates is a managing partner at Tamarisc, where he invests in early stage technology companies that improve real estate and the built environment. Representative investments include BeviGetawayOmni, and Serraview. He is also a partner at TMC Group, a private holding company with real estate and financial investments in the U.S. and Asia. David has transacted more than three dozen venture deals putting more than $70M to work in high-growth technology companies. Prior to Tamarisc, David was a Principal at Morningside Ventures, beginning in the biotech sector and eventually transitioning over to manage Morningside's cleantech portfolio. 

While at Morningside, David was asked to join F-wave, a building technology company and Morningside portfolio company, as its Chief Strategy Officer during its move to North America and during its acquisition of Fuji Solar in Japan. Prior to joining Morningside, David worked in biotech research, holding appointments at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

David is a co-founder of three active companies, and a co-inventor of five technology patents. He holds a PhD in Chemical & Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and an MS and BS in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.