Dear MetaProp Community,

We are thrilled to welcome industry leader Monica O’Neill as a Partner to the MetaProp family!

Over the past 30 years, Monica has built successful emerging and mid-sized investment management firms in the U.S. and Europe, and has raised more than $10B as a Partner and Head of Investor Relations for real estate private equity firms.

Monica will be building MetaProp’s new institutional client program. She will oversee investor relations for North and South American, European, and Asian endowments, foundations, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and insurance companies.

Read more about Monica's new role at MetaProp here.

Welcome Monica!

Planck, The Insurance Data Analytics Platform, Raises $20M Growth Round
Planck, a five-year-old, New York-based AI-based data platform for commercial insurance underwriting, has raised $20M in funding co-led by 3L Capital and Greenfield Partners, along with earlier investors Team8, Viola Fintech, Arbor Ventures and Eight Roads. The company has now raised $48M altogether. Read More.

How 4 New Jersey Pools Turned Into a Startup That Just Raised $10M
Swimply, a two-year-old, L.A.-based online marketplace for pool sharing (in 125 markets and counting), has raised $10M in funding led by Norwest Venture Partners. Other participants in the round include Trust Ventures and angel investors, including Poshmark founder and CEO Manish Chandra. Read More.

Commercial Insurance Startup Relay Platform Raises $5.2M
Relay Platform, a two-year-old, Toronto, Ontario-based SaaS platform for property and casualty insurance and reinsurance placements, has raised $5.2M in seed funding led by Drive Capital. Read More.

Egypt’s Flextock Closes $3.25M in The Largest Pre-Seed Yet in MENA
Flextock, an Egyptian e-commerce and fulfillment management startup, raised $3.25 million in seed funding from YC, Foundation Ventures, MSA Capital, CRE Ventures, Alter Global, JIMCO, B&Y Ventures Partners and Access Bridge Ventures. Read More.

Avenue 8 Closes $14M Series A to Modernize the Real Estate Brokerage Industry
Avenue 8, a San Francisco-based residential real estate brokerage, raised $14 million in Series A funding. Threshold Ventures and Craft Ventures led the round. Read More.

Locusview Raises $64M Series A to Accelerate Growth of DCM Platform
Locusview, which develops a Digital Construction Management (DCM) platform for energy, telecom, and water industries managing infrastructure capital projects, announced on Wednesday a $64 million series A funding round. Read More.
 Tech Companies Look for Ways to Ease Workforce Zoom Fatigue
Zoom fatigue has gotten the attention of Big Tech. Companies like Microsoft, Adobe and Google are tweaking their products in an effort to dilute the effects of too much digital time that’s being experienced by workers who’ve spent more than a year laboring from home. Read More.

Equinox Group is in Talks to Go Public Via Chamath Palihapitiya-backed SPAC, Sources Say
Equinox is in talks to go public via a merger with a blank-check company backed by Chamath Palihapitiya, according to CNBC. The fitness group, which also owns SoulCycle and Blink Fitness, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Equinox is seeking a valuation above $7 billion, says the outlet. Read More

Work Shifting: What Work Looks Like Next
The pandemic has seen a monumental shift in where and how people do their jobs. Bloomberg's Anna Edwards dives into what the future of work looks like. We hear from Standard Chartered's Head of Human Resources, Tanuj Kapilashrami, about how the lender's work-life balance if shifting and Diversity Project Chair, Helena Morrissey, about how the changing work environment is impacting equality. Read More.

Influencer Co-Working, Knicks Practice Space: The Future of NYC Real Estate?
Hype house-esque influencer co-working spaces and an esports facility were among the ideas pitched by students in Columbia University’s Real Estate Development Program. The projects were the close of a semester-long course, Real Estate Media and Marketing, taught by The Real Deal Publisher Amir Korangy. Read More.
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
Betterview is opening up an exciting opportunity to join its machine learning team. We are expanding and looking for people who are as passionate about solving tough problems as we are. In this role, you will train computer vision models on aerial imagery as well as build out our machine learning infrastructure as we continue to grow. For more, click here.
Director of Acquisitions
As Director of Acquisitions, you are a detail-oriented, hard-working, a problem solver with an optimistic attitude, that can easily (and happily) wear many hats. As a member of our Fund Operations Team, you will broadly be responsible for building our SFR acquisitions engine and team, while deploying millions of dollars monthly as we scale into multiple markets. For more, click here.
Head of People Operations
As Head of People Operations, you will act as a champion for company culture and help drive the company’s ethos and infrastructure on hiring, developing, and retaining world-class talent to support the company’s growth. You will be responsible for all human resources, recruiting, training & development activities at the company. Partnering with our executive team, you will help us grow and scale, while sustaining our focus on impact, innovation, and diversity and inclusion. More here.
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June 23-25, 2021 | Online Summit
Propel Networking Summit
Learn about the state of innovation during a 3-day US-focused online conference program free of charge - a targeted approach to spend the most efficient time online, and group discussions to share your own issues and opportunities. MetaProp will present its Global PropTech Confidence Index in an exclusive session. Register directly on the platform!
October 4-6, 2021 | Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas
Blueprint 2021
Registration is now open for Blueprint's inaugural real estate technology conference with special discounts available to the MetaProp community. Register here!

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