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Real Estate Innovation, Opportunity and Investment Summit

Emily attended the National Association of Realtor’s IoI in San Francisco in early September. The Summit offered many insights into the role of the NAR in investing in technologies that will further the Real Estate Industry and not just those intended to keep the status quo. The CEO of Realtor.com spoke, as well as the customer lead for Google. I would recommend that everyone listen to the following presenters:

Real Estate revolution
Marketing to the real estate industry
Defining the Future of Real Estate Tech together
The future of real estate search
Disruptor or Innovator
Future of Real Estate: An Investor view

Read more about the Real Estate Innovation Summit.

OECD Blockchain Forum Paris September 2018

Emily attended the OECD Blockchain forum with Dr. Jane Thomason and others. Dr. Thomason described the event quite eloquently: “At a watershed Global Forum convened by the OECD, 1,000 people from 70 countries converged to have the first serious global conversation about Blockchain and its potential, risks and opportunities. It was a very different crowd from the usual Blockchain Conference – more suits, less crypto-bling and a serious contemplation of what a digital future means for the world.: As part of Emily’s focus on the international players in this space, this was a beginning for concrete discussions amongst governments and practioners, which means blockchain/crypto are moving into the mainstream of international dialogue.

See more about the OCED Block Chain Policy Forum.
See more about the OCED Block Chain Policy Forum – Day One Round-Up on LinkedIn.

Emily speaks on Blockchain Panel

Emily spoke on a panel in London with experts about the regulatory framework for ICOs. Her main points are that where the regulations are not clear, it is difficult for operations. Companies must operate where they have clarity and can fulfill legal and regulatory obligations. While the US regulatory environment is currently complex (with the number of regulators involved) and not clear, innovation is moving elsewhere.

 

TAKI MUNDO Charity for the Deaf Mexico City Fundraiser April 19, 2018

Please join me in donating to Taki Mundo a Swiss charity set up in Mexico to help deaf children receive an education.  We are hosting our fundraising event in Mexico City to secure operating expenses for the next year along the route to building a new school for the children.  I look forward to a successful event and welcome your personal donation.  Read more…

Two years ago, my friend Linda Walker, told me about a charity she was supporting in Mexico through her role as Honorary Counsel for Switzerland to Mexico.  When she described the project as a school for the deaf who are otherwise often left undeserved, my heart lit up.   My mother, Jane Landis, was a leading deaf educator during her career.  I grew up with deaf children, spending time in the world of the hand waving versus clapping deaf and hard of hearing crowd.  The opportunity to participate as an Ambassador to this charity, which is providing well-needed education for these students, has been an honour and a privilege.

I am honored to be on the Board of this charity and support its worthy cause in honor of my mother, Jane Landis, a deaf educator during her entire career.  My colleagues on the Board work tirelessly to help the founder Astrid von Reding achieve her goals.  We have a wonderful time working together and I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this amazing team.  Thanks to Linda Walker, Oscar Santamaria, Sandrine Dupriez, Carlos F. Buhler, and Tim McCue for your dedication and heart-felt work.

Sweetbridge

I recently joined Sweetbridge to assist in the financial and regulatory issues faced by the new world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Sweetbridge is an economic platform designed to free up the value that is locked in assets, commerce and the supply chains that comprise nearly two-thirds of the global economy.

Our economy is set up to fuse the vast promises of blockchain – the revolutionary technology that offers degrees of trust, transparency and seamless value transfer previously unavailable – with the real-world economy in ways that could unleash real GDP growth. This will be particularly applicable for SMEs and smaller supply chain entities, which could realize faster growth and lower costs from greater liquidity and faster payments.

Sweetbridge allows both individuals and companies to borrow from the value locked in traditionally illiquid assets and to conduct business in a more streamlined manner vis-à-vis existing intermediaries and counter-parties. This could unleash a wave of economic activity that would be otherwise locked away in the current system.

Our use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain will facilitate more efficient value transfers and settlements in commerce, all in a manner that is auditable and more easily visible to all parties involved. These include policy makers who can monitor and regulate transaction activity, allowing the private sector to significantly increase its activities while minimizing the numerous delays and financial intermediary costs inherent in today’s processes.

Sweetbridge’s technology consists of a stack of open-sourced blockchain based protocols that utilize both private permissioned blockchains and public transparent blockchains.  We are sponsoring the development of these protocols to create an economy-wide accounting system that maintains a real time P&L and Balance Sheet based on a unified set of accounts.

These protocols will allows users to borrow money from their assets, settle payments, share underutilized assets and – above all – optimize supply chains.  Our settlement and accounting protocols will allow businesses to mitigate counterparty risk, without the need for credit checks, letters of credit or upfront payments and traditional interest on the borrowing.

The heart of these protocols is a dual-currency economic system that includes a stable cryptocurrency that is asset-backed and a discount token which can be used to reduce fees charged in the system, including interest rates.

We see cryptocurrencies as an integral piece of our blockchain system as they free up assets, allow for liquidity generation and encourage users of the system.

Each local Sweetbridge entity conducts KYC / AML on their local members and ensures the entities within the local nation state follow the local laws of each country. Our system would not allow anonymous activity. Our protocols could assist in providing recourse, repudiation, identity, indemnification and transparency between parties.

Our inter-enterprise accounting system provides transparency to local regulators, tax authorities and law enforcement officers under the rules of each jurisdiction’s privacy laws. The protocol could even streamline the government’s collection of taxes at the transactional level and allow trade compliance to be enforced through smart contracts.

The difficulties faced by the new technology of blockchain and cryptocurrencies relates to the uneven and ill-defined regulatory environment within which our project can operate.  While it varies by country, (and by state in the U.S.), the lack of regulatory clarity makes moving forward complex.  This is particularly true given our desire to follow appropriate rules and regulations wherever we operate.  As the technology and positive projects continue to develop, the regulators both nationally and internationally will be required to clarify their positions to enable the general economy to benefit from the power of this new technology.

For more information please visit ​www.sweetbridge.com​.

2017 Real Estate Award Winners

First full year in real estate and Werner and I won 2 awards for our 2017 real estate transactions. After studying for the real estate exam, taking all of the follow-on education including the ethics course, Werner and I teamed up for a successful 2017. We won Team Excellent Sales from the Women’s Council of Realtors, Naples-on- the-Gulf and the Premier Sotheby’s Multi-million dollar Silver Award.

We are continuing to move ahead in 2018 as productive Realtors in Naples, Florida with 5 properties currently for sale in Pelican Bay, Bonita Bay, and the Dunes. We work hard for our clients both in marketing and physically being “on site” for those who are not in town. We hold regular open houses, email our marketing to over 2000 colleagues and circle of influence, spend a great deal of time getting the properties ready for showing and for closing. conduct all of our transaction work through the latest database system and take advantage of all the marketing and technological benefits of being associated with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Please email me at Emily.walker@sothebysrealty.com if you are interested in selling or buying in Naples, Florida.