CrowdStreet has emerged as a leader in the fin-tech world by creating both efficiency in raising capital
and increasing access to capital for investors and sponsors as well as those making their foray into commercial real estate investment. Since Tore Steen, CEO, and Darren Powderly, VP, co-founded the company in April 2014, the firm has grown into the largest online marketplace for direct equity investments
in the commercial real estate sector. The numbers are astounding: $525 million invested through the
marketplace in the last five years and nearly $12 billion in property value transacting through the
The firm isn’t slowing down, either. In the first quarter of 2019, CrowdStreet claimed the fastest fundraise
when a single sponsor raised $4 million in just one hour.
The online marketplace allows for a much different experience than traditional financing procedure, where
investors and sponsors do not directly connect. The ability for capital and sponsors to transact with one another
streamlines the capital raise process and reduces the cost of capital while simultaneously casting a wider net to
The dynamic has fueled CrowdStreet’s rapid growth and created what the firm calls a “network effect” that propels further growth. To
date, there are 112,000 investors and 275 sponsors and developers in the CrowdStreet marketplace. To manage its growing network,
CrowdStreet recently launched a private managed accounts service to help investors manage their portfolios with personalized advice and
While CrowdStreet is committed to growing its network, the online marketplace also scrutinizes every deal to ensure quality. Every
offering undergoes a 26-point review and screening process. This weeds out the majority of the opportunities that come to the marketplace, and ultimately, only 3% of offerings are accepted.
CrowdStreet isn’t only targeting commercial real estate investors; it is also offering Main Street investors access to institutional-quality real estate investments as an alternative to more traditional assets, like stocks and bonds. This gives the whole investment
community—not only investors experienced in commercial real estate—access to the platform and democratizes investing. With
this commitment to the industry, it’s no surprise CrowdStreet was voted the best Crowdfunding and Capital Sourcing Platform by
CRETech last year.
Of course, CrowdStreet is also committed to being a leader and innovator in the tech industry as well. It has taken the Tech
Town Diversity Pledge to help create a more diverse and inclusive tech community in Portland, OR, which is where the company
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