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Courtesy of Laurent Grill

On this episode of the LA Venture podcast, JLL Spark’s Laurent Grill talks about the world of proptech, COVID’s impact on the office and lowering buildings’ emissions.

Grill joined JLL Spark, the investment arm of global commercial real estate company JLL, over a year ago. The firm focuses on Series A and B investments of between $2 million and $10 million in a wide range of areas in real estate technology, including smart buildings, construction tech and tenant experience platforms — all of which have become more relevant in a post-pandemic world.

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Photo by Decerry Donato

In the wake of the pandemic, remote work forced many people to convert their living and dining rooms into home offices, something that could be problematic in more cramped living situations. Enter Azure Printed Homes—a 3D-printing construction company that says it can build a backyard studio or accessory dwelling unit (ADU) out of recycled polymer plastic in under 24 hours, with the goal of alleviating dwellers’ space constraints.

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Photo by Briland Graves

On Tuesday evening, dot.LA hosted a Proptech Salon to create space and encourage proptech founders and investors to discuss how Southern California real estate startups are disrupting the industry. Over 70 invited guests gathered at WeWork's Century City location, including Michael Martin of Avenue 8, Nick Marino of TruLiv and Andrew Swerdloff of StayOpen.

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