YD Proptech Spotlight: Latch

YD Proptech Spotlight: Latch

In our first proptech spotlight, Derek does a deep dive into the Latch smart access control company and its products. He starts with an interview with Ryan F. Flynn, then shows the install process of the M-series and R-reader in our current project in Brooklyn, and reviews their functionality.

Why is it so hard to disrupt real estate?

Why is it so hard to disrupt real estate?

Proptech makes up a huge portion of VC investment these days, but the real estate industry remains notoriously difficult to disrupt. Derek breaks down why this is the case by talking through everything that would be required to create a truly disruptive building that changes the way the industry would work. It requires a huge […]

Coliving is Going Green!

Coliving is Going Green!

I’m very proud to announce that YD Development has just started construction on 424 W 47th St, partnering with Common Living to deliver their first home in core Manhattan. For this project, we wanted to provide a careful balance of ergonomics, efficiency, aesthetics, and community with, of course, budget. There are a number of green […]

Green Technology: Walking the Walk

Green Technology: Walking the Walk

I’ve been talking the talk about Green Technology for a long time, and, having recently started YD Development with Yoori Oh, I took my first steps in walking the walk. Not surprisingly, it’s easier said than done. But real estate development is mostly about problem solving, so we are tackling the challenges head on. Step 1: […]

The Case for Modular Housing

The Case for Modular Housing

Real Estate Development is a highly conservative industry, driven mostly by relationships, handshakes, politics, and money. The scene is dominated by alpha males oozing charisma, and the most successful developers have mastered the art of outmaneuvering their competition in the quest to erect the biggest and best phallus in the skyline. As an introverted engineer who […]

An Introduction to Blockchain in 2 Videos

An Introduction to Blockchain in 2 Videos

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot about Blockchain in my LinkedIn news feed. It sounded like a gimmicky tech buzz word, but after seeing it appear for the umpteenth time, I decided to finally learn what it is. It’s pretty neat, and you, too, can understand the basics by watching these two videos: A more technical explanation […]

After “The Great Automation”

After “The Great Automation”

In the mid 2020’s, the development of AI reached an event horizon. It wasn’t the singularity, but productivity exploded from that point. What followed was a tumultuous economic period known as The Great Automation. Almost thirty years into The Great Automation, nearly half of able-bodied adults were completely removed from the workforce. Each country handled unemployment policies with […]

Kitchens of the Not Too Distant Future

Kitchens of the Not Too Distant Future

Imagine it’s the not-too-distant-future, and you’re at home and hungry. You decide to cook dinner, so you say “Hey Google, what can I make tonight?” (Or Alexa, but Google Home emerged victorious in my Epic IoT Battle). Your phone and a fridge-mounted screen suddenly display a list of meals that you can prepare. Each meal is […]