Tech Roundup: Blockchain, Marketing Merger, Direct Pay
Blockchain Market Leader ShelterZoom Expands Its Asia-pacific Presence With Breakthrough Contract of Things (CoT) Technology.
Australian and Chinese markets will be first regional beneficiaries of CoT
ShelterZoom, the inventor of Contract of ThingsTM (CoTTM), the next milestone in the evolution of contracts, today announced its expansion into the Asia-Pacific market by adding several new regional talents to its team and setting the stage for a Melbourne, Australia, office opening in Q1 2020. This will be closely followed by a second Asia-Pacific office opening in China.
At the invitation of the Victoria state government, ShelterZoom’s co-founders, Chao Cheng-Shorland and Allen Alishahi, recently travelled to Australia and met with some of the country’s largest banking, legal, real estate and insurance firms. The trip saw several potential – and major – partnerships for ShelterZoom’s groundbreaking CoT technology, which will transform records, documents and contracts into fully digital, interoperable and intelligent assets.
“We are thrilled to announce this expansion into the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of entrepreneurial-minded, top professionals such as Lily Li, Kevin Huang and Mike Yang. They each have the regional experience and connections, especially in Australia and China, to greatly expand awareness of our company and bring our exciting CoT and proprietary blockchain technology into one of the fastest growing regions in the world,” said Chao Cheng-Shorland, CEO and co-founder of ShelterZoom.
Lily Li comes to ShelterZoom with a long track record of successfully raising capital, managing interdisciplinary teams and navigating intricate contracts across different industries. Most recently, she founded a management company in the commercial real estate sector, overseeing a portfolio of clients through the complex contract negotiations involved in securing and maintaining long-term leaseholds.
Kevin Huang brings extensive experience in banking, mortgage and finance. Huang comes to ShelterZoom most recently from Collins Hotel Pty Ltd, where he owned and operated an apartment-hotel business in Melbourne’s central business district.
Mike Yang adds a wealth of private sector and government experience to ShelterZoom. After serving terms on two Ministerial Advisory Committees for the most recent Victorian state government, Mike has been reappointed by the current government to the Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee. Between 2010 to 2013, Mike was a senior adviser to the Honorable Daniel Andrews, the current Victorian Premier. And, as managing director of Modun Group, Mike has been instrumental in some of the largest Asia/Australia business deals in sports, red wine export and property.
MoxiWorks, the leading real estate technology platform, today announced it has acquired Imprev, the best-in-class provider of real estate marketing automation services. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This follows the recent addition of Vector Capital as a significant financial investor.
Imprev’s marketing service fully automates the creation of digital, social media, and print property marketing materials throughout the lifecycle of a brokerage’s listings, ensuring optimum marketing practices and brand consistency across the brokerage. Imprev and MoxiWorks already share a deep integration and will now operate as one entity.
York Baur, CEO of MoxiWorks, said, “This unique partnership is highly strategic and benefits Imprev and MoxiWorks’ employees, and most importantly, our collective customers. It is in the truest sense, a win-win for everyone.”
This acquisition furthers MoxiWorks’ mission to become the premier open platform for the entire real estate industry. Customers of both companies should expect to enjoy all current services without disruption.
“Imprev has always put brokers and agents first. Our focus on customers has been the key to Imprev’s success and was an absolute requirement when selecting the team to take Imprev into the future. In MoxiWorks we found the same entrepreneurial and customer centric DNA as Imprev and we look forward to seeing our technology continue to scale with the full support of MoxiWorks and Vector Capital,” said Renwick Congdon, founder and CEO of Imprev.
Robert Amen, Managing Director of Vector Capital, said, “We are pleased to support MoxiWorks’ acquisition of Imprev as it continues its relentless focus on its customers, client satisfaction, and deep, cross-industry relationships. Imprev enhances MoxiWorks’ technology and product offering and furthers the company’s ongoing mission to make real estate technology more automated.”
Adding Imprev’s marketing automation to MoxiWorks’ sphere-based CRM, MoxiEngage, leading CMA interactive presentation product, MoxiPresent, recruiting system, marketing suite, websites, intranet, and the renowned MoxiCloud open platform, will continue efforts to help brokers, agents, and teams increase productivity, lower costs, and better manage the home buying and selling processes.
Baur added, “We are thrilled to welcome each and every member of the Imprev team to MoxiWorks (as Moxians!) and are excited to start 2020 with all engines roaring. We are looking forward to seeing all that we can accomplish together.”
MoxiWorks is a comprehensive open platform system for large residential real estate brokerages that serves over 80 brokerages and 130,000 agents nationwide that account for more than 13% of the transactions in the U.S. MoxiWorks’ customer retention over the past seven years stands proudly at 96%. Their integrated tools are centered on sphere methodology that increases agents’ repeat and referral business by 54%, while lowering overall technology, training, and support costs for the brokerage. The open platform known as the MoxiCloud has tools from more than 50 partners that integrate to create unique brokerage solutions. MoxiWorks also powers the LeadingRE Cloud. Find more information at moxiworks.com.
Leading Edge Real Estate Launches DepositLink, First of its Kind Electronic Deposit and Payment Solution for Real Estate
Leading Edge partners with DepositLink to become the first real estate brokerage to offer electronic funds transfer option to its agents and their buyers and sellers.
Winchester, MA November 13, 2019 – Leading Edge Real Estate announces the launch of an electronic deposit and payment solution for real estate. Leading Edge is partnering with DepositLink to become the first real estate brokerage to offer an electronic funds transfer option to its agents and their buyers and sellers.
DepositLink is a safe, secure, and easy way for real estate companies and their agents to collect deposits and commissions electronically when selling and leasing property.
“We’ve been looking for a solution like this for years,” said Paul Mydelski, Founder and Chairman of Leading Edge Real Estate. “By offering an electronic transfer of funds, our agents get paid faster, and we reduce the liability and inconvenience of paper checks.”
Some of the benefits of DepositLink include, the ability to safely request deposits and commissions from anywhere, to securely connect to more than 12,000 banks nationwide, to track the status of transfers in real time, and to issue refunds and co-broke payments electronically in seconds.
“DepositLink is a game changer,” said Jay Rooney, CEO/Founder of Boston based DepositLink. “Dealing with paper checks and wires is a hassle for everyone involved in a real estate transaction. DepositLink eliminates those inefficiencies while also eliminating check and wire fraud threats.” Rooney added, “We’ve reduced the wasted time it takes to collect and deposit paper checks or to send a wire to seconds… and we do it with bank level privacy and security.”
About Leading Edge
Founded in 2001, Leading Edge Real Estate is one of Greater Boston’s leading full-service real estate companies offering residential real estate services to buyers and sellers. Our highly trained agents serve all of Eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Southern New Hampshire from our strategically located offices in Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Melrose, Reading, Wakefield, and Winchester. Our strong leadership, career development, commitment to integrity, and premier marketing results in our agents serving an average of 2,000 clients per year.
For more information about Leading Edge Real Estate, visit LeadingEdgeAgents.com