There remain few headache-inducing problems that haven’t been touched by technology in the 21st century. No rock, it seems, has been left unturned by technological breakthroughs and innovative thinkers.
One of the last industries to experience meaningful change was the world of commercial office space. Until the last decade, the multi-trillion dollar market was a stubborn holdout, with entrenched stakeholders seeing no need to mess with what had been a good thing for a very long time.
That changed about five years ago. At first slowly, and then all at once, groundbreaking solutions started to appear for an array of real estate problems. To name a few:
- VTS changed the way brokers and landlords managed their portfolios
- HonestBuildings simplified project management for real estate owners
- Workframe allowed contractors and clients to collaborate in real time
- Cadre created a liquid, institutional grade CRE investment market
- Managed by Q streamlined facilities management
- And of course, WeWork, Convene, Knotel, Breather, Industrious and others kicked off the flexible work revolution, forever changing the way companies think about work
Despite this progress, one of the biggest headaches associated with the world of commercial real estate was left behind. Office furniture — complicated, slow, bulky, and maddeningly expensive office furniture — has continued to plod along, the same as it has for the past hundred years. We started Bureau to fix it.