Opendoor alums raise $15M for Kindred, a home-swapping network
The concept of taking existing properties and repurposing them is not a new one. After all, Airbnb is a high-profile example of people turning vacation homes, for example, into revenue generators when
Redfin is laying off more workers as housing downturn persists
Redfin has laid off 201 employees, the third time the Seattle-based real estate company has reduced its workforce since June. The layoffs, which represents about 4% of its workforce, was first reporte
How to manage uncertainty with Habi and Inspired Capital on TechCrunch Live
I’m excited to announce the co-founder and CEO of Habi, Brynne McNulty Rojas, is joining me on an extra-special edition of TechCrunch Live on April 12 at 12 p.m. PDT. Brynne leads the hot real estat
Roofstock, valued at $1.9B last year, cuts 27% of staff in second round of layoffs
Proptech company Roofstock has laid off about 27% of its staff today, just five months after the startup laid off 20% of its workforce.
Ex-WeWork director raises millions for Den’s tiny home plans
If it wasn’t for WeWork’s failed IPO, Mike Romanowicz probably wouldn’t be building a proptech business right now. The entrepreneur left his position as director of product management and strate
Nestment raises $3.5M to help friends and family buy homes together
For many segments of the population, home ownership is as elusive as ever. A recent report by the National Association of Realtors found that 26% of homebuyers are first-time buyers, and of this group
TechCrunch+ roundup: Generative AI for proptech, cloud vendor shopping, cybersecurity fairy tales
Generative AI reminds me of ball bearings: the technology is relatively inexpensive, highly adaptable and a proven way to reduce friction.
Generative AI is building the foundation of proptech’s next wave
AI’s emergence will cut through material use cases in proptech, from search and listings to mortgages, construction and sustainability.
Fifth Wall, focused on real estate tech and managing $3.2B, looks to eat up even more of its market
Brendan Wallace’s ambition is beginning to seem almost limitless. The LA-based venture firm that Wallace and co-founder Brad Greiwe launched less than seven years ago already has $3.2 billion in
Proptech in Review: Investors predict slower growth in 2023
We interviewed investors Momei Qu and AJ Malhotra about the latest tech in property and housing development.
Zillow introduces Calendly-like instant booking for rental property tours
Real estate marketplace Zillow has introduced an instant tour booking feature for renters on its platform. The company now allows users to book an in-person tour directly at a suitable time without ha
From cloud computing to proptech: DigitalOcean co-founders raise $29M for Welcome Homes
When Alec Hartman first decided he wanted a house after his first child was born several years ago, he was surprised by the lack of options. “I didn’t like anything I saw, and I wanted a new house
Does everyone want to be a landlord, or what?
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Andreessen Horowitz leads $43M Series A for Setpoint, which aims to be the ‘Stripe for credit’
Setpoint, a startup that has built software to help other companies close loan transactions faster, has raised $43 million in a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). The raise comes just s
Proptech in Review: 3 investors explain why they’re bullish on tech that makes buildings greener
3 proptech investors explain how reducing emissions can trim a building’s carbon footprint and offer new opportunities for returns.
Airbnb is helping find renters an apartment so they can Airbnb it
Airbnb really wants you to Airbnb an apartment. So its latest step is to find renters a place, which they can also list on the travel booking platform. Today, the company introduced a new program call
WeWork China’s former tech head introduces on-demand work pods for mental health
At a time when China’s zero-COVID policy continues to interrupt offline work and face-to-face interactions, Dominic Penaloza, the former head of innovation and technology at WeWork China, is int
Virgil helps you buy bigger apartments in exchange for home equity stakes
French startup Virgil has raised a $15.6 million funding round (€15 million). The company invests in apartments alongside home buyers before they even get the keys for their new home. This way, futu
TechCrunch+ roundup: TAM tough love, ‘building in public,’ 6 key SaaS metrics
Santa Claus makes a list and checks it twice. Can your e-commerce startup make the same claim this holiday season?
Proptech in Review: 3 investors explain how finance-focused proptech startups can survive the downturn
3 VCs talk about which fintech-focused startups have the best shot at survival and the advice they are giving startups in their portfolios.