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October 27th 2020

Our Favourite Reads
Selected articles from the (Prop)tech newsroom.

Bloomberg: Offices Resort to Sensors in Futile Attempts to Keep Workers Apart
Despite all the tech in hand, it is still difficult to combat our anthropological nature as social animals. 
Illustration: Graham Roumieu
CRETech - 5 Key Takeaways From CREtech's Sustainability Summit
From bold leadership to tech investment... we're all in this together.
Property Week: Time-poor, tech-savvy investors turn to P2P property lending
A new generation of investor are turning to P2P lending, democratising access to financing. 
MIT Techology Review - Inside Singapore's Huge Bet on Vertical Farming
Covid-19 has made food security a major issue. Now Singapore is investing heavily in high-tech farming as it tries to become more self-sufficient.

Something to Watch
Selected videos from the (Prop)tech newsroom

CRETech - How the Construction Sector is Embracing Technology
From design and planning to cost controls and new smart materials, the experts discuss the leading-edge tech trends and applications helping the sector recover.

Deals Spotlight
Highlights from Proptech financing and M&A activity.

  • Casai, a Mexican short-term rental startup, raised $48m in a round let by Andreessen Horowitz.
  • Cleverciti, a Munich-based sustainable tech startup, raised $5.6m in a Series A+ funding
  • Alfred, providing software and services to deliver in-home support, raised $42million let by Adam Neumann, ex-CEO and cofounder of WeWork.
  • PassiveLogic raised $16 million to simplify the designing of smart building systems. Keyframe Capital and Addition co-led PassiveLogic’s Series A.
  • ThinkIQ, the digital manufacturing platform, has raised $11.6 million Series A round led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF). Participating investors include Hitachi Ventures and ArcTern Ventures.

The Fortnightly Pour
Keeping things in perspective with oddities from Earth and beyond.

Popular Mechanics: The Next Generation of Skyscrapers Will Be Built Like Sponges
Taking Biomimicry to a new level. 

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