Arie Barendrecht CEO WiredScore.
Company Founded. 2013
Company Headquarters. New York, New York
Company employees approximately 11-50.
WiredScore is the organization behind Wired Certification, the internationally recognized digital connectivity rating system for commercial real estate that helps landlords design and promote their buildings’ great digital connectivity to tenants.
In an increasingly tech-driven economy, connectivity is fast becoming the most critical requirement for tenants when selecting office space. The widely recognized Wired Certification seal is a trusted symbol that identifies buildings that have been independently certified to provide the best-in-class connectivity infrastructure that businesses require to thrive.
WiredScore launched Wired Certification in partnership with Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York in 2013. Since then, more than 350M Sq. Ft. of office space has been certified across North America and Europe. Including buildings owned by premier landlords such as Blackstone, Brookfield, and Hines.
Over 4 million tenants in more than 1,000 buildings globally trust Wired Certification as the benchmark for best-in-class office connectivity. For more information on Wired Certification or to find Wired Certified buildings.
So, why is Arie the 2017 #CRE #Tech CEO of the year?
Well, he’s smart.
Cal Berkley BA Business and Political Science, University of Pennslyvania MBA The Wharton School.
He’s tall. More on that later.
2017 has been a huge year for connectivity in real estate.
Amazon included connectivity standards in their HQ2 RFP.
Sidewalk Lab’s smart city project in Toronto has an estimated $1B price tag at a time when 99% of Toronto’s office workers say access to reliable connectivity in the office is critical for success.
Let me throw my two cents in. What is the other 1% thinking? You can turn off the water in a building and no one would care for a while. Shut down the internet and…..anarchy!
Innovative landlords are using connectivity to attract top tenants.
And fast-growing companies like Uber are now targeting WiredScore-rated buildings as first priorities when opening new offices
2017 has been a massive year for WiredScore’s expansion with Wired Certification launching in Paris, Dublin, Berlin, Toronto and surpassing 1,000 Wired Certified Buildings around the world. WiredScore brought on Fifth Wall VC and Bessemer Venture Partners as new investors and was named to the Inc 500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies.
- Parents are immigrants from Holland who moved to the US in the 70’s- dad is in the hotel business and mom was a librarian for ~30 years.
- Grew up in Southern California (Orange County)
- Pre-WiredScore, worked as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, leading media & entertainment companies through “digital transitions” — in other words, helping analog companies like newspapers adjust to life in a digital world.
- Currently living in the East Village with girlfriend (Sara, who works in fashion at St. Laurent) and puppy (Fozzie)
- When not trying to make the world *better-connected*, he can be found playing pickup basketball at parks across the city, seeing live music, traveling to surfing destinations, and wandering around the East Village with Fozzie.
Now for the real reason, he made it this year. Let me expand on the basketball theme. He and I had a lunch somewhere in the city and he told me this story.
He and a few of his college friends reconnected and had decided to go to a Notre Dame (located in South Bend Indiana) football game or something like that. They found out that it was possible to rent the gym used in the movie Hoosiers. Now I am from Indiand BTW. So, they called the gym up and asked how much for like an hour. Arie said the number was so ridiculously low they decided to take a few hours. He and his boys drove down to the gym, got all retro dressed in short shorts and played some serious hoops in the legendary gym.
Now that’s how you get to be CEO of the year. You do shit like that because that’s doing life right. This is the guy and crew you want to hang with, They know how to do it!
So all the awesome company stuff is great and the WiredScore team is just hammering it.
Could it be because of their basketball playing 2017 Top CRE TECH CEO?
Well of course it is!