MIT/CRE Meet the Visionaries
Solutions and voices for real estate’s evolution

In this semimonthly podcast, MIT Center for Real Estate students interview industry leaders to uncover the insights, strategies, and stories from the visionaries who are shaping the industry. Join us as we explore the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, from innovative technology and finance models to the latest sustainable practices. Get ready to gain valuable perspectives and be inspired by the visionaries who are leading the way into the future of real estate development. Subscribe to receive reminders on future episodes.

Season 1

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EP. 3 | Building a Greener Future

In this latest podcast episode featuring Luis Claudio Garcia de Souza, CEO and Founder of Finvest we explore how investments impact green innovations in the real estate sector, and their potential for transformative climate action. Hosted by Daniela Morales, student at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, this episode highlights Luis Claudio’s lifelong experience building successful enterprises, environmental impacts of real estate development, and Brazil’s potential role in addressing climate change.

Throughout Luis Claudio’s interview, he highlights the importance of strong partnerships, the role of investment on cultural shifts in real estate, and how Latin America can be a key player in the future of climate action. As an MIT alumni and recent MIT visiting scholar Luis Claudio shares anecdotes and learnings from his time on campus and how they influenced his career. Listen in as we dive into environmental challenges and opportunities in the current real estate landscape, and learn more about what Luis Claudio envisions for the future of the industry.

Interview by: Daniela Morales /MCP Candidate ’25

EP. 2 | Decentralized Housing Model

Explore real estate innovation and community building in the latest podcast episode featuring Qian Wang, a seasoned real estate professional and visionary founder of Collab. Hosted by Jason Ng, student at the MIT Center for Real Estate, this episode unfolds Qian’s journey through his career to developing Collab: a groundbreaking decentralized student housing real estate asset management platform that reimagines community ownership and engagement.

From the transformative role of technology and data analytics in real estate to the empowering shift towards community-based practices, Qian shares valuable perspectives and experiences that redefine the future of the industry. Join us as we navigate crowdfunding dynamics, address challenges in traditional property management, and explore Collab’s sustainable initiatives, offering a thought-provoking glimpse into the intersection of innovation and community in the real estate landscape.

Interview by: Jason Ng, MSRED/MCP Candidate ’24

EP. 1 | Data, Climate and Real Estate: Overcoming Challenges with Cutting-Edge Technology

In an era marked by climate volatility and global uncertainty, the quest to future-proof capital investment has never been more vital. Join us for a thought-provoking interview with Michael Ferrari, Chief Scientific & Chief Investment Officer at Climate Alpha, a pioneering AI-powered location analytics platform. Their objective? To revolutionize how we assess and price the future of geography in a rapidly changing world. 

Michael sits down for an exclusive conversation with MIT’s Center for Real Estate to delve deep into Climate Alpha’s remarkable journey. Learn about the challenges they’ve encountered along the way and how they’re overcoming them with cutting-edge technology. Uncover their innovative approach as they navigate the path toward empowering their clients to strategically allocate capital into climate-resilient real and financial assets, ensuring a brighter, more sustainable future. 

Interview by: Viet Nguyen MSRED Candidate ’24