FlareAgent, a platform that automates real estate transactions, launches out of YC

The real estate industry is experiencing a bit of a rejuvenation. After years resisting the influence of tech, the industry is now feeling the entrance of e-buyers, as well as a variety of software to streamline the process. One such tech company looking to infiltrate real estate is FlareAgent, which launches today out of Y Combinator.

FlareAgent was founded by Abhi CKV and Rashid Aziz. The duo, who just graduated out of NYU, first built FlareAgent when Rashid’s dad, a real estate agent, was asked by his boss (Mr. Brown) about finding software that might speed up the process of completing a transaction.

Abhi and Rashid built something that ended up helping grow the real estate firm from 20 deals per month to over 100 deals/month. How?

FlareAgent lets all parties collaborate on a transaction from the comfort of their own home or office. From purchase offers to escrow documents to the closing agreement, FlareAgent allows brokers and clients to view and interact with various documents to speed up the time to close.

This used to be done manually by brokers, who’d have to fax or mail or hand-deliver documents to and from various parties in the transaction. If changes take place to the paperwork, this process may start over from scratch.

With FlareAgent, all the time spent changing and sharing documents manually can be done online.

To be clear, a transaction doesn’t actually go through FlareAgent. In other words, the money changing hands from buyer to seller doesn’t flow through the FlareAgent platform. But all the documents that need to be reviewed, amended, and signed can be handled on FlareAgent.

To make money, the company charges a monthly subscription to brokers using the platform.

Thus far, FlareAgent says it has around 100 active agents on the platform and has processed more than 2,500 transactions (worth $550 …read more

Source:: TechCrunch – Startups

Razer enlists top esports team to show off its pro-grade gaming peripherals

Razer is making a big move in the esports world by hooking up with one of the most famous pro teams around: Evil Geniuses.

As well as having a great name (or at least we think so), Evil Geniuses (EG) has a substantial fan base, along with a considerable and lengthy pedigree, having been active since 1999, no less. The squad is a highly successful outfit, being the second-highest earning esports team in the world (according to the stats kept by Esportsearnings.com, EG is only behind Team Liquid).

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In this freshly announced partnership, Evil Geniuses are now part of Team Razer, and naturally this means that EG will be using Razer’s gaming peripherals including keyboards and mice (not to mention mouse mats), as well as headsets, in tournaments (and training) for the next two years.

Evil Geniuses has had considerable success in Dota 2 and Call of Duty, amongst many other esports titles.

Big Dota

EG has just qualified for The International Dota 2 Championships, to no one’s surprise, and the team has previously won that major tournament in 2015, and took third place in every other year going back to 2014 (save for an uncharacteristic slip down the rankings to tenth place in 2017).

The EG Dota 2 squad has some big names in the form of Arteezy (Artour Babaev) and SumaiL (Syed Sumail Hassan). The latter became the youngest player ever to exceed a million bucks in terms of esports winnings aged just 16.

Phillip Aram, COO of Evil Geniuses, commented: “Razer’s high-performance gaming devices are top-tier and give our players a new performance edge. Razer is the perfect brand with which to enjoy continued success and to …read more

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Eero mesh Wi-Fi systems are cheaper today, and Google Nest Hub is almost half off

Today is a good day if you’re looking to buy some networking gear or PC accessories. There are some other popular products on sale, too, like the Google Home Hub smart display, which is under $70 for a limited time.

Eero’s mesh Wi-Fi kits are discounted at Amazon today. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a substantial price drop. It was March, in fact, when Amazon celebrated its Eero acquisition by knocking $100 off of each tier of the company’s mesh Wi-Fi systems. Today’s sale isn’t quite as steep, though it’s worth checking out if you missed the previous deal a few months back.

Prices start at $239 (usually $299) for a mesh Wi-Fi kit that includes an Eero Pro unit and an Eero Beacon. You can place them at different points around your…

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Nintendo’s Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem mobile games to be shut down in Belgium due to loot box law

Nintendo is pulling two of its popular mobile games — Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes — in Belgium at the end of August over concerns regarding Belgium’s recent laws that define in-game loot boxes as gambling, the company announced today (via Eurogamer).

“Due to the current unclear situation in Belgium regarding certain in-game revenue models, we have decided to end the service for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes in Belgium. It will therefore no longer be possible to play and download the games from Tuesday 27 August 2019,” the company said in an official statement through its Belgian website.

Both Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp feature loot box-style systems: players in both…

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