Solving an Industry Need With Matt Abeles

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In this video clip, Matt Abeles, co-founder of BuiltWorlds Media, outlines how his research company became a media company by accident. Starting a company is about identifying a gap in an industry. The key is talking to leaders in the industry and finding a problem to be solved. In this case, he and his co-founder discovered that there wasn’t enough education in the technology space. Their company naturally evolved through the conversations they were having.

“If we were going to impact change, we had to educate people.”

More about our expert: Matt Abeles is co-founder of BuiltWorlds Media, an online media and events company that burst onto the scene in 2014, disrupting the built environment and all those who work and innovate within it. As a thought leader on real estate, finance and the fast-moving technologies transforming design, construction and development, Abeles oversees BuiltWorlds’ expanding outreach to established and emerging industry players committed to pushing the industry forward.

A frequent public speaker, moderator and event organizer, he has played a leading role in events across the U.S. for the Construction Owners Association of America, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the AEC Hackathon, World of Concrete, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Northwestern University, the University of Washington, the Illinois Institute of Technology and more. Those dozens of events, many at BW headquarters in Chicago as well as on the road in Seattle, New York, California, Texas, Ohio and elsewhere, have afforded Abeles continuing opportunities to spread the BW gospel — advocating for a more collaborative, constructive and creative way of ensuring a more sustainable, efficient and smarter future.

Abeles has also spearheaded the effort to join organizations, trade shows and large events as a media player where he and his team can help spread awareness about technology in the built environment.

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