Derek discusses his vision on how smart closets should be more like automated retrieval systems, and how they can improve multifamily buildings. The technology already exists in automated self storage and parking systems- it just needs to be shrunken down.
Derek spotlights 3 relatively young (under 5 years old) proptech companies that have the potential to make huge waves in the real estate industry: Social Construct, Cloud Kitchens, and Built Robotics.
First time house flippers already have to face a lot of competition in a heated single family home market. They also have to compete with legions of other hopeful house flippers looking to get started. But there’s an even bigger threat looming…
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.
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 […]
What did we do when we didn’t have enough sunlight in our lower floors at 424 W 47th St? We created our own!
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]