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David Wagner   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/28/2013 6:07:45 PM
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Or both. I suspect the people at Rovio would not hae been suspected as the next great game changers in the video game industry.

And no, i haven't read it. But i'll put it on the list.
DBK   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/28/2013 5:57:11 PM
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@David - Have you eer read that book "The New New Thing"  Pretty interesting.  Hard to tell anymore if people know what they are doing.  Someone huddled around a mobile phone could be creating the next great app or playing with pong?
David Wagner   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/28/2013 4:49:20 PM
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@DBK- Needless to say, my neighborhood is not so trendy. But it is a nice place to live.

Clearly, what I need is to get in on the ground floor of the next big thing. I'll start driving around looking for nerds in garages who look like they know what they're doing.
DBK   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/28/2013 4:24:19 PM
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David - I certainly understand that the barrier for entry into real-estate in the Bay Area is crazy high.  And much like we have micro climates we also have micro real-estate, some have held thier value whiles others not so much.  But as the economy grows in the bay area and as commercial real-estate and rents go up in theory so should our property value.  Especially if you are well positioned in certain Micro Real-Estates.  Funny how those pockets of real-estate are also in close proximity to the VC's on Sand Hill.
David Wagner   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/28/2013 12:58:55 PM
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As someone who lives in the Bay Area and paid too much for his house, i'm kinda wondering why we should be happy about this. :)

As a person who follows the technology industry this is great news.
DBK   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/28/2013 10:41:36 AM
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@Nicky48 - Thanks for the response and technology aside if you are in the housing market then prices holding or increasing is good.  As I look at my children growing up and getting ready to go off to college I wonder if they will ever be able to afford a home here.  Then as I look at who is moving into our neighborhood it is young families who like our school district.  I have heard some people refer to it as the google affect, yet another way to use the word google.  My original intent of the post was to reflect the price of commercial real-estate.  But you are correct in that if commercial real-estate is increasing it will translate to home prices.  Perhaps we will start to see a corresponding increase to home prices.
Nicky48   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/27/2013 10:41:31 AM
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Hi DBK - I'm also in the Bay Area and I also appreciate being here. House prices seem to be holding steady, graduates are finding jobs.

People are generally postive, cheerful and optimistic.
DBK   VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology   1/22/2013 10:53:05 PM
VC Funding, Real-Estate and Technology
Last week I attended the NorCal chapter meeting for CorNet, a corporate real estate group.   It was nicely done in a cool theater at Electronic Arts.  The theme was "Annual Market Forecast".  According to the panel the greater global market place is basically flat at about 2% growth.  There were a couple of highlights, Africa's economy is getting better, Brazil is growing and doing well and the Silicon Valley seems to be our domestic hot spot.  As a side note they mentioned that 40% of all VC funding would go to technology firms in the Silicon Valley.  Specifically it looks good up from the southern Peninsula up to San Francisco with rents increasing and the appetite for space in those areas.  It is a good place to be.  Data centers seem to be maintaining some space here, just look at and the drivers for departure from the bay area are not real-estate but the cost per kw hour.  All in all, glad to be here.

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