I am still amazed at last week’s CRE//Tech event in New York City. I have been attending the events since the beginning and it’s tremendous to see how far this organization has come in such a short time.
From the time I was a kid until my mid-30’s, I was a big fan of Sports Illustrated. It would arrive every week and I would typically read it from cover to cover. There were a few special issues throughout the year that peaked my interest, but nothing more than Sportsperson of the Year. It would include a huge feature on the person that they chose every year that impacted sports in a positive way. The issue would also provide a year-end perspective on sports, allowing you to look back on everything that happened in the past 12 months.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of release of one of my favorite movies of all time, Star Wars. For those that are confused, I am referring to the original, also known as A New Hope, or Episode IV.
When I was a teenager, I looked forward to February for one reason. One of my favorite publications of year, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, arrived in my mailbox two weeks after the Super Bowl. While Christie Brinkley is back in this year’s edition, I don’t think I will take that stroll down memory lane and buy it.
For me, February now means the arrival of the CRE//Tech Report.
Before it was a Tim McGraw song, “Do you want fries with that?” was simply McDonald’s way of up-selling or growing the check. Having grown up in a restaurant family, you learn pretty quickly that the easiest sale is already standing in your restaurant with their wallet out, waiting to hand you money.
The big news of the week is the merger between VTS and Hightower. These two companies had been competing for the same clients and building very similar platforms, and are now coming together to “accelerate our product roadmap”, according to Brandon Weber, Co-founder and CEO of Hightower who will now assume the role of Chief Product Officer at VTS.
You can add me to the list of bloggers taking the easy way out this week and writing about what they are thankful for. I skipped last year, but in looking back at my Thanksgiving posts from 2011 (the infancy of my blogging experience), 2012 (post-Superstorm Sandy), and 2014 (dedicated to tech), they are some of my favorites.