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The Multifamily Proptech Session at the CREW Network Convention brought together three who have integrated technology into their business.

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ORLANDO, FL—Three women at the CREW Network Convention breakout proptech session talked about taking that leap and integrating technology into their business, the risks they took, and how it paid off. First up was Joanna Zabriskie, president and CEO of BH Management, who started the session by talking about lessons learned investing in proptech. “Initially, we did a direct equity investment in a company,” she said, pointing out that there are many more choices in the space today than when BH Management invested. “There is an explosion of opportunities of new companies. There are the startups and the established big companies. What’s important is to evaluate integration, staying power and capitalization,” she said. “There is a lot out there and it is overwhelming.”

Her firm also invested in a proptech fund called the RET Ventures Fund that was formed to spur innovation in the multifamily industry. “There were 12 LPs and owner/operator/mangers representing more than 1 million units in the $110-million Fund I,” she said.

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