New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate has completed a case study that analyzes ArborCrowd’s differentiated model to serve as a foundation for students to learn about the growing crowdfunding industry.
The case study, titled Real Estate Investment Meets the Crowd, the Case of ArborCrowd and Real Estate Crowdfunding, focuses on the rise of the nascent industry and will be integrated in Schack’s 2019-2020 curriculum.
“ArborCrowd entered the market as the only crowdfunding platform associated with an established real estate company,” said Sam Chandan, the dean of NYU Schack . “How its founder leveraged that differentiator presents an excellent case study opportunity for students and professionals interested in innovation and disruption in real estate finance.”
ArborCrowd Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Adam Kaufman is highlighted throughout the case study, which elaborates on how he observed other real estate crowdfunding platforms’ missteps after the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012 was enacted into law, and how he focused on quality real estate transactions and investor protections.
“It is an honor for ArborCrowd to serve as the focal point of this case study, which fosters students’ critical-thinking skills and provides insights that dive deep below the surface to examine risks, identify opportunities and explore this new and largely untapped source of capital,” Kaufman said. “This exercise is critical to helping the next generation of real estate professionals understand and appreciate the nuances and potential of the real estate crowdfunding industry, which is projected to grow exponentially over the coming years.”
Highlights of the case study include:
- The story of why and how ArborCrowd was founded
- How the JOBS Act breathed life into real estate crowdfunding
- The potential of crowdfunding and the pitfalls of early platforms
- ArborCrowd’s strategy to diversify itself from the crowd