Riggs Kubiak “These aren’t little companies anymore,” says Kubiak.

NEW YORK CITY—“Real Estate Tech Companies VTS and Hightower to Merge in $300 Million Deal,” proclaimed the Wall Street Journal. “Lease Management Platforms VTS and Hightower Join Forces,” CRE.Tech trumpeted in giant type.CRE Tech Firms VTS, Hightower to Merge,” GlobeSt.com reported. Announced on Tuesday, the combination of two of commercial real estate’s biggest leasing and asset management platforms was headline news in a way that wouldn’t have been the case a couple of years ago.