Empowering Real Estate: East Asian-Founded Startups Transforming American Industry

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Welcome to another instalment of our series, where we navigate the captivating world of startups founded by minority groups. In this article, we spotlight East Asian-founded startups in the Real Estate industry, showcasing their innovative ideas, services and products. These startups not only play a role in the rise of East Asian representation in the global business environment but are also transforming the real estate marketplace with their groundbreaking concepts and solutions.

We celebrate their diversity, the richness of their heritage, and their contribution to the world of business. Delve into our curated list of startups that are making waves in the real estate sector, and learn more about their unique stories of determination, innovation, and success. Get ready to be inspired!

Here are ten standout East Asian-founded startups giving the real estate industry a fresh new look:

Utopia Communities

Utopia Communities, based in Las Vegas, pioneers groundbreaking products and services in apps, autonomous vehicles, commercial real estate, construction, and more. Declaring itself the “Google of Real Estate”, it was founded by Grant Smith. Visit their website and connect with them on their socials Facebook and LinkedIn.


Placed in New York, Stuf revolutionizes the world of self-storage and partners with real estate owners to monetize underutilized spaces in commercial buildings. Stuf was conceived by Adam Demuyakor, Andrew Balogh, and Atit Jariwala. Stay updated through their Facebook and LinkedIn.


Operating from Seattle, Roby uses chat/voice-enabled software to simplify and automate tasks in the commercial real estate field. Founders Ben Ries and Jay Hsueh endeavour to build an engaged and happy workplace. Find out more on their website and connect with them on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Village is a real estate startup empowering consumers with its marketplace platform. It was proudly established by Christine Y. Kim and Dave Meyer in San Francisco. Connect with Village on LinkedIn.

Avenue 8

Avenue 8, stationed in San Francisco, proves to be the ally of modern real estate agents with its digital and mobile-first residential real estate brokerage system. Conceived by founders Justin Fichelson and Michael Martin, they mix automation and human expertise to elevate the industry. Stay updated via the following Facebook and LinkedIn links.


Born out of a mission to bring transparency and efficiency to mortgage lending, San Diego-based Approved provides a financial services platform for modernizing mortgage lending and was established by Andy Taylor and Navtej Sadhal. For further information, visit their website or check their Facebook page and LinkedIn profile.


Homechain offers a diversified investment and real estate financial services platform. Akmalkhon Zufarkhonov and Alam Asadov are behind this Dublin-based startup. Explore more on their website or connect with Homechain on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Located in Champaign, Illinois, Smartz provides SaaS solutions to simplify property management. Founded by Kevin Wan, it aspires to enhance the leasing, maintenance, and overall property management process. Learn more from their website or follow them on their Facebook page and LinkedIn.

Poplar Homes

Poplar Homes, founded by Arman Dezfuli-Arjomandi, Chuck Hattemer, Evan Huang, and Greg Toschi, aims to provide a smooth renting process for both owners and renters. Visit their website and be updated with their latest news via their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.


Out of Brooklyn, New York, Super provides a streamlined property management system founded by Lindsay Liu and Vika Kovalchuk Zamparelli. Stay in touch with Super via their website and LinkedIn.


Your friendly partner in transforming the real estate industry, Side, is the brainchild of Edward Wu, Guy Gal, and Hilary Saunders. Side supports best agents to improve building value and streamlines operations. Connect with Side through their Facebook and LinkedIn.

We continue to see inspiring progress from these innovative startups, and there is no doubt that they will keep pushing boundaries in their respective fields. Their unique creations and services are refreshing nuances to the real estate industry. We look forward to seeing what else these phenomenal companies have in store for us in the future!

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