Welcoming Our New Head of Data Science

We’re extremely excited to welcome Zach Wade to our team as our new Head of Research & Data Science. He is an accomplished data scientist with practical experience spanning both academic research and applied commercial product development. Zach will lead the efforts on our Indices business, and also interface with our set of early customers. He brings a unique perspective on the commercial real estate industry to the table and truly understands the challenges commercial real estate investors face. Most importantly, he shares our vision to create a new information economy for the Real world.

In his words “I’m excited about bringing underutilized data resources to the forefront of CRE decision making and applying a disciplined ensemble of machine learning, computer vision, NLP and agent-based learning methods to enable computer-assisted decision making in the CRE industry.”

Prior to Real Factors, Zach founded Blue River Quant Labs, a data science think tank focused on experimental research applications combining machine learning, game theory, real estate and quantitative economics. Zach served as a data science consultant to a variety of real estate-focused software and data businesses. Most recently, he was the Head of Data Science at BuildFax, a leading provider of real estate software and data.

Before working as a consultant, Zach served as a Quantitative Researcher for Deutsche Bank’s Real Assets Group. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Zach worked as a researcher at Columbia University’s Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate. Zach holds a MSc in Economics & Management from the London School of Economics with distinction and a B.S. in Economics from the University of British Columbia where he graduated with 1st class honors. When he is not solving complex Real Estate data problems, Zach is a Mountain Rescue volunteer in Breckenridge, CO, where he lives.