Headquarters Optimized

A blog from the team at HqO with resources designed to help landlords optimize their property and create a workspace that tenants will love.

Chase Garbarino

Chase Garbarino is the CEO and co-founder of HqO.

Recent Posts

Launching at the Willis Tower – And What It Means for the Tenant Experience PropTech Category

on Mar 19, 2019 6:07:26 PM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | HqO News Tenant Experience
In case you missed it earlier this week, our software is powering the new tenant experience app at Willis Tower, which is owned by Blackstone's EQ Office. Up until launch this week, our team has been working hard behind the scenes with EQ Office, customizing our tenant experience software for one of the tallest buildings in the world – a Class A office tower with 3.8 million square feet of rentable space and more than 12,000 occupants. 
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Scaling HqO's Tenant Experience Platform with Funding from Accomplice, JLL Spark, Navitas Capital, DivcoWest, and More

on Sep 27, 2018 8:05:00 AM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | HqO News
Today, our team at HqO is excited to announce we closed $6.6M in seed financing, led by Accomplice with a tremendous group of strategic investors, included in the release below. As the leader in the tenant experience space, we aren't just building a company, but creating a new category of software. While the capital is helpful, what is most powerful about this round is the strategic advantage this consortium of investors provides us.     We are grateful to the industry leaders from JLL Spark who took a deep dive into the tenant experience landscape which played out over several months. We are also fortunate that Spark's CEOs, Mihir and Yishai, have extensive backgrounds in consumer technology, which led them to dig deep into the key user metrics of the players in the space, and ultimately determine that we are the team to back.    Big thanks to Ryan Moore and Accomplice for the continued support, Jody Gessow and Steve Novick at DivcoWest who became early believers, and Travis Putnam at Navitas for bringing a tremendous amount of value already in a short period of time.    We look forward to expanding our team and scaling our offering to continue to help landlords to create places that people love.   
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How Suburban Offices Can Get More Urban with Proptech and Amenities

on Jun 29, 2018 5:02:13 PM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | PropTech & CRE Trends HqO News Tenant Experience
A shorter version of this article first appeared on Propmodo.
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HqO Launches at Jamestown’s Innovation & Design Building [Video & Takeaways]

on Apr 30, 2018 10:21:27 AM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | HqO News
On the heels of launching our Seaport neighborhood guide, we’re excited to announce the launch of our tenant experience platform at Jamestown's historic Innovation and Design building in Boston. The IDB launch was a huge week for our team as the building clocks in at 1.4m sq ft, and fast forward five days of on-site amenities, in-app announcements, trivia and more, and over 1,000 tenants are now actively part of the HqO@IDB community.
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PropTake: Beware CRE Middlemen and Women Everywhere

on Apr 20, 2018 3:49:30 PM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | PropTech & CRE Trends
Middle-men and women everywhere, beware. As has been the case in many other industries, the real estate stack is being cut down by disruptive companies who see the margins of antiquated middlemen as their areas of opportunity ( Bezos's favorite saying).
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Is the Coworking Market Over Capitalized?

on Apr 13, 2018 2:52:32 PM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | PropTech & CRE Trends
It's seems like the perfect time for Pitbull to do a coworking remix of his famous 2009   Hotel Room Service  lyrics "we at the hotel, motel, Holiday Inn," as Knotel, the flexible office space startup, just raised $70M in financing lead by Newmark Knight Frank. This follows up Industrious's $80M financing in February of this year, and the well covered $4.4B funding WeWork took from Softbank in August of 2017.
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What Data Reveals About the Disconnect Between Office Tenants and Commercial Landlords

on Mar 28, 2018 8:02:00 AM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | Tenant Experience
Proptech is having a moment. If you are like our team at HqO, you started to feel it coming on at the end of 2017. From the many conversations we have with both tenants and landlords, the overall sentiment around real estate has seemed drastically different than years past. How companies think about and interact with their space has changed as employees have adapted to the internet's impact on work. Smart landlords are ramping up their knowledge and implementation of technology much more quickly than they may have anticipated just two to three years ago.   But why? And why now? 
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Why Every Commercial Landlord Needs a Software Interface for Their Property

on Mar 6, 2018 12:15:48 PM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | Tenant Experience
This article originally appeared on Propmodo.
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Goodbye VentureApp, Hello HqO: The Software Interface for Commercial Landlords to Maximize Amenities and Build Community

on Jan 16, 2018 9:05:00 AM By | Chase Garbarino | 0 Comments | HqO News
This morning, our team officially announced what we’ve been working on for several months: we are now officially HqO, a tenant engagement platform designed to help commercial landlords optimize their property and create a workspace that tenants will love.
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