How Proptech Can Help Put the S and G in ESG

MHN Executive Editor Therese Fitzgerald interviews Christopher Yip of RET Ventures on the company's latest proptech fund and its 'collaborative' approach to investing.

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Christopher Yip, Partner and Managing Director, RET Ventures.

Among the questions that keep multifamily executives up at night are: How should I incorporate proptech into my properties and my business, and am I doing enough to address ESG? The latest fund by venture capital firm RET Ventures was formed with both those concerns in mind.

RET Ventures ESG Fund L.P. or “the Housing Impact Fund,” is aiming to raise $80 million for investment in cleantech startups and innovations. UDR and Essex Property Trust are anchoring the fund.

In this podcast episode, MHN Executive Editor Therese Fitzgerald speaks with RET Ventures Principal and Managing Director Christopher Yip about the new fund, the ingredients for proptech success, and the next frontier for proptech. Here is a sample of the topics covered:

  • The Housing Impact Fund (1:10)
  • The RET Ventures portfolio (3:34)
  • Real estate’s digital transformation (8:20)
  • What makes a successful proptech startup (11:35)
  • What’s next for proptech (11:37)

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