Meet Nav Athwal, CEO and founder of San Francisco based startup RealtyShares. RealtyShares is an online marketplace for real estate investing that is transforming the real estate investment landscape. RealtyShares offers investors access to pre-vetted real estate investments and an ability to invest for as little as $5,000 from the convenience of their laptop or tablet. Nav has over a decade of experience in real estate as an attorney, broker, and investor. He lectures at UC Berkeley Law School and the Haas School of Business, and is often featured on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. He holds a JD from UC Berkeley Law School where he was class Valedictorian. Nav also writes about online investing, real estate, crowdfunding and fintech for Forbes, LinkedIn, Pulse and his work has also been featured by TechCrunch, Tech.co and Inman.
On this episode you'll learn:
Why does Nav think the Series B is usually the toughest round for companies to raise and what lessons did he learn going through that process?
Besides crowdfunding software, what other opportunities does Nav see in real estate for software companies?
How does Nav see machine learning fitting into RealtyShares platform and how does it give them a competitive advantage?
How was Nav able to solve the chicken and egg problems that every marketplace faces so quickly?