Inman: Constance Freedman on 2016’s hottest real estate tech startups

"Today’s interview is with Constance Freedman, the founder and managing partner of Moderne Ventures, an early stage investment fund focused on technology companies innovating in and around real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services.

Through her venture capital investments, Freedman is leading and forming the future of the real estate tech industry.

Ever wish someone else would pre-qualify your buyers and sellers? How about on-demand lawn care for that last-minute showing?

Does your client insist on a five-day closing? In the new world of technology, this — and more –is becoming possible.

Freedman covers the exciting new innovations in artificial intelligence, smart homes and how to spot a great investment." Read More

MarketWired: TaskEasy Raises $12M Series B to Expand On-Demand Home Exterior Maintenance Services

"TaskEasy, the premier nationwide on-demand exterior maintenance provider, announced an oversubscribed $12M Series B financing led by Delta Electronics Capital with participation from new investors Moderne Ventures, MTD Products Inc and others, as well as existing investors Grotech Ventures, Access Venture Partners, and Kickstart Fund. The funding, from a mix of financial and strategic investors, comes after TaskEasy's latest milestone of delivering over $10M in services and will be used to expedite company growth and product development.

"It's always been our mission to provide world-class services directly to consumers and property portfolio managers while helping reliable contractors build sustainable businesses," said Ken Davis, CEO of TaskEasy. "With this funding we'll be able to broaden our current offering and enhance the customer experience, while making our contractors more efficient and more profitable."

TaskEasy works closely with homeowners, property managers, and real estate professionals who can easily upload entire property lists to their client portal, allowing for easy one-time or recurring scheduling of services. "We're excited for this strategic partnership and we truly believe TaskEasy challenges the status quo. They provide real value to the home services industry and property managers nationwide," stated Constance Freedman, Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures, who provided a key strategic investment from the real estate industry." Read More

Newsletter: Moderne Ventures Accelerator Debut!

They're digitizing the mortgage industry, uberfying property management, and democratizing communication channels for everything from small and medium sized businesses to major enterprises…they are the Moderne Accelerator Class of 2016!  Skip to the bottom for an Executive Summary of our Accelerator Class.

Collectively these companies have raised over $200m from top tier venture funds and, in the short time since we launched the new class, they have already established major contracts in the real estate and fintech industries.

Program in Review

In January, the group kicked off at Realogy's headquarters, where executives helped our companies hone their pitches and approaches for the industry. A few weeks later, we went onstage to announce the new Class at Inman Connect. The companies then began developing pilot programs specifically for real estate and fintech communities, which they introduced for the first time last month to Century 21's Top Brokers at its global conference in Orlando.  

Help New Story Build Homes for Salvadoran Families

Among the eight companies accepted into the inaugural class of the Moderne Ventures Accelerator in January is New Story, a charity that raises money to build housing for homeless families around the world.

At the heart of its efforts is a unique crowdfunding platform that introduces would-be donors to the actual families their donations would affect, while showing to-the-minute updates on how much money has been raised and how much time is left to raise the rest. Once the money is raised, a local company builds the home, and New Story produces video content showing donors exactly where their money has gone and how it’s made a difference.

Reuters: Moderne Ventures Selects Companies for its Hypergrowth Industry Accelerator

"Moderne Ventures™, a real estate focused technology investment fund, announced its new Accelerator Class today, a select group of startups looking to affect change in the multi-trillion dollar marketplace that represents over 600,000 small and medium sized businesses and 20 percent of the U.S. GDP.

Moderne Ventures believes that when the right connections are made, success is inevitable.  The Accelerator partners with the most influential corporations to launch technology companies into the industry.  The Accelerator kicked off at a private event this month at Realogy's headquarters and debuted publicly yesterday at real estate's premier technology conference, Inman Connect..." Read More

Built in Chicago: Chicago real estate-centered accelerator announces inaugural class

"Moderne Ventures, a Chicago-based early-stage venture fund that focuses on tech startups in the real estate space, announced the launch of its Accelerator Class today. Members include Chicago startups UrbanBound, Growth Geeks and Purchasing Platform, along with 5 other startups from across the country..." Read More

ChicagoInno: Moderne Ventures Announces First Full Class of Startups For Its Real Estate Accelerator

"Moderne Ventures, a new early stage venture fund that focuses on real estate tech startups, announced the first full class to its accelerator program Wednesday.

Based in Chicago, Moderne Ventures launched last year and aims to fund companies in real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance, and home services. The fund was started by Constance Freedman, who formerly ran the National Association of Realtors' venture fund and accelerator.

The Moderne Accelerator consists of eight companies ranging from seed-stage to companies with more than $20 million in funding. The accelerator, which meets roughly once a month over the seven-month program, aims to provide startups with guidance and expertise, mentorship, and help them expand their customer base. The accelerator members include..." Read More

Forbes 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs

"Matthew Marshall, Brett Hagler, and Alexandria Lafci started New Story with cofounder Mike Arrieta. The company collaborates with local partners to build homes for families in developing countries. So far, they've built 151 houses in Haiti. New Story takes pride in transparency -- individuals see where every dollar they donate goes. It's paying off; New Story received over $1.2 million in donations since last year." Read More