Fluxus Ventures attends Co-Liv! conference organized by Impact Hub SF

Fluxus Ventures Partners John van Oost and Jon Bartelt recently attended Co-Liv!, a conference on affordable housing and co-living ecosystems. The conference, which was held in San Francisco from December 7-9th, was one of the first global gatherings dedicated to the emerging topic of co-living. 

Co-living can be broadly defined as any shared housing situation designed to encourage community and collaboration. Compared to a normal apartment, a co-living space is likely to have more occupants per square foot, smaller bedrooms or private spaces, and larger communal spaces. It is also common for co-living occupants to organize events and to share resources and responsibilities. The co-living concept is catching on not only because fitting more occupants within a rental has the potential to decrease rent, but also because people living in cities are increasingly lonely and looking for genuine friendship and community.

As a leader in real estate innovation, Fluxus Ventures has been interested in co-living concepts for the past two years. Our first investment is this space was a seed investment in Urban Campus in 2016. We strongly believe that tenants increasingly value community, functionality, and design and are becoming less concerned about overall square footage and apartment building size. Many presenters at the conference supported this view and stated that tenants desire to be part of a vibrant community and to live in close proximity to friends. We believe this trend has the potential to disrupt the real estate market, which has traditionally focused on building large apartment complexes that have little to no communal space and actually aim to increase privacy at the expense of community.

Many presenters at the conference told amazing stories about how they built co-living companies from the ground up. We heard from the founders of Open Door, Ollie, The Collective, and The Camp. Each of these founders has put their own touch on the co-living experience, and they were excited to share their experiences. It is clear that the concept of co-living is catching on given that each of these companies is growing quickly! We also heard from PUREHOUSE LAB and the founders of Qwerky, who are exploring how new technologies can be used to elevate the co-living experience. Fluxus believes that new technologies will be extremely useful for co-living operators since many issues surrounding building access, shared payments, and communication can be difficult to manage with current systems.

John van Oost spoke at the conference during a panel discussion about the risks and opportunities of financing co-living ventures. He also contributed to a panel discussion on the future of co-living. John spoke about his previous experiences investing in real estate and about his more recent investments as a venture capitalist at Fluxus Ventures. He also talked about Urban Campus and some of the financing challenges and successes they have had.

Overall the Co-Liv! conference was an amazing learning opportunity, and Fluxus Ventures was happy to be a part of it! It is clearer than ever that the market for co-living is growing and that renters want to live in well-designed communal spaces. Fluxus will continue to learn about co-living and hopes to find and invest in new companies that are working in the space!

Fluxus Ventures announces investment into disruptive smart building technology company

Fluxus Ventures announces investment into disruptive smart building technology company

 Fluxus Ventures has made an investment into enModus, a UK-based smart building technology company. enModus will use this investment, along with its recently raised £3m Series A, to fuel deployment of its innovative powerline communication technology. Fluxus is excited to support enModus going forward and will work alongside the enModus team as it develops its initial customer base. enModus has been backed by intu, a British REIT that owns some of the most popular shopping centers in the UK and Spain.

Judging for the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition 2017 pt. 2

Judging for the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition 2017 pt. 2

Carrying on from part 1 of this write-up (here), I attended the grand finals of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition in Singapore on 14 September 2017. The awards gala was held at the Fairmont and I was seated at table 1 alongside other participants and judges. Among all the fine gentlemen I sat with (pictured below), I should point out the ones wearing matching suits and ties for they were the winner of this competition—receiving a cash prize of SGD 100,000 (along with other in-kind and investment prizes).

Real estate investors: evolve or disappear

Real estate investors: evolve or disappear

For most real estate investors, the future looks increasingly uncertain. Record-low interest rates have distorted asset values. A welcome economic rebound hides mid-term structural challenges that have not disappeared (think about pensions and employee productivity to name but two). Populism is on the rise. Even buildings seem to age faster than ever. And the list goes on.

Judging for the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition 2017 pt. 1

Judging for the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition 2017 pt. 1

The Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition is a prestigious global competition organised by Singapore Management University. Started in 2001, the competition accepts business plan submissions from students all over the world, including top-tier universities such as MIT, Cambridge, and Tsinghua. In 2017, the competition’s theme is focused on Smart Cities, with sub-themes that include: Health, Living, Mobility and Services.

Fluxus Ventures Backs Game Changing Data Analytics Company

(Jul 24, 2017) – Fluxus Ventures is excited to announce an investment into urbanData Analytics (uDA), a Madrid based data analytics company. This investment reiterates our belief that diverse data sources and advanced data science techniques can be used to infer insights about the Real Estate market.

uDA has developed a much needed big data management tool for the Real Estate industry. They structure data from over 300 data sets and build visualisation tools that make it easy for real estate professionals to understand and analyse large quantities of complex data. In addition, they use advanced statistical models to find valuable hidden anomalies and patterns within the data and use machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict changes in the Real Estate market.

“We are delighted about the Fluxus Ventures capital inflow. Certainly, their experience and support will be a key element in the uDA internationalization challenge” said Carlos Olmos & Alberto Santos, Directors and co-founders of uDA. Jon Bartelt, a partner at Fluxus, added, “We look forward to working with the talented team at uDA because we believe uDA’s software platform will be a valued asset for professional real estate investors. uDA's product allows investors to quickly answer complex questions using a simple web-based platform.”

For more information, please visit http://www.urbandataanalytics.com/.

 

About Fluxus Ventures

Fluxus Ventures is a global investment partnership that backs innovators with demonstrable engineering solutions for smarter cities and urban infrastructure. Fluxus Ventures looks for breakthrough scientific advances and ingenious technologies in the fields of energy systems, connected buildings, cost-effective properties, and urban wellbeing.

Fluxus Ventures enables real estate and infrastructure operators, as well as corporate investors, to take leadership in technology innovation and sustainability, and allows them to access promising ventures that can enhance their existing portfolios and/or support entirely new economic models.

For more information, please visit www.fluxusventures.com.

 

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Fluxus Ventures Backs Exciting Smart Home Start-Up

(May 26, 2017) – Fluxus Ventures is excited to announce an investment into Flair, a Berkeley, CA based smart home technology company. This investment is a continuation of Fluxus’ mission to back innovators that are working to make buildings and cities smarter and more efficient.

Flair addresses the problem of uneven heating and cooling in your home or in commercial buildings through its smart vents and internet-connected Puck air conditioner (AC) controllers. Flair’s technology platform can be used to optimize and control both centralized heating and cooling systems and less sophisticated window or mini-split AC units.

“We are excited to have the backing of Fluxus Ventures as we bring next generation heating and cooling technology to market.  Fluxus and Flair both share a passion for making cities better.  With heating and cooling being one of the biggest energy consumers, we are poised to materially impact energy usage in cities around the world.”, said Dan Myers, CEO and co-founder of Flair. Jon Bartelt, a partner at Fluxus, added, “We are excited to back the Flair team! Their products are best among peers and lowest in cost, a testimony to the excellent capability of the team. For consumers, their product will both improve building occupant comfort and reduce HVAC costs.”

For more information, please visit https://flair.co/.

 
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About Fluxus Ventures

Fluxus Ventures is a global investment partnership that backs innovators with demonstrable engineering solutions for smarter cities and urban infrastructure. Fluxus Ventures looks for breakthrough scientific advances and ingenious technologies in the fields of energy systems, connected buildings, cost-effective properties, and urban wellbeing.

Fluxus Ventures enables real estate and infrastructure operators, as well as corporate investors, to take leadership in technology innovation and sustainability, and allows them to access promising ventures that can enhance their existing portfolios and/or support entirely new economic models.

For more information, please visit www.fluxusventures.com.

 

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Fluxus Ventures
Contact@fluxusventures.com