(Special thanks to @NikkiBeauchamp for snapping this photo!)
Good morning, New York!
For the past few days, BlockAvenue has been working the rooms of Inman News’ Real Estate Connect 2013 in NYC. We’ve been looking forward to this for months now, and to say it’s been well worth our while is an understatement. In fact, it’s been more like an honor, to be here in New York City among some of the country’s most innovative people.
Thursday morning, Tony pitched BlockAvenue publicly for the first time.
“BlockAvenue is a neighborhood platform that connects people, place and social activity on a block-by-block basis,” said Anthony Longo, the company’s founder. “It helps you and your clients answer that oh-so-hard question of what’s it really like to live there, on that street, on that block, or in that cul-de-sac.” The site includes more than 50M data points on crime, sex offenders, transit options, local amenities, restaurants, schools and user-generated reviews of blocks along with social feeds from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Yelp API’s.
As real estate’s ‘new kids’, we have been dumbfounded by the incredible amounts of praise and support we have been getting. Check out what people are saying…
- @Century21: Thrilled to see @BlockAvenue at #ICNY! Use their site to get information on a specific block in a specific neighborhood.
- @SeattleDivas: Like the @BlockAvenue idea – especially since we have a ton of newbie Seattle clients. Neighborhood & community are key. #ICNY
- @JoeSchutt: @tonylongo brought it at #ICNY with @BlockAvenue. Sign up as an agent and start being the go to expert on your blocks!
- @ReneeFishman: only 2 companies that have focus on #relationships IMO are @contactually & @BlockAvenue
- @RobinSuwe: @BlockAvenue meshes people, places & neighborhoods to help consumers understand how it is to live in a area. Cool concept! #icny #startups
Today is the third and final day of the conference and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much to Inman News for allowing us to share BlockAvenue’s concept. We have gotten awesome feedback and can’t wait to get back home and continue to improve what some people have called a “truly revolutionary concept.”
Lastly, we wanted to give praise to our “stage-mates.” We all sat nervous in the screening room waiting for our big moment to pitch real estate’s most innovative group. Here they are: NuOffer, Contactually, Sensopia, Apartment List, Revestor (“the guy from SharkTank”), Curaytor, HomeLight, Ucloser.