Technology

BIG BUILDER

Who's searching for you?

Happy Holidays. Who’s searching for you? That’s a charged question for 2014, a year we’ve christened as home building’s “Fend for Yourself” year. Here, our graphic indexes the BUILDER 100’s top 15 companies according to whose Google Trends search score ranks the highest, an indicator of search box brand power. We see in the months ahead, a stronger, almost causal, correlation between home builders' search box strength and successful home building firms. Originally, “Fend for Yourself” spoke principally to access to capital and credit resources as Uncle Sam tapers back its accommodative, easy money rescue measures. But the term, “Fend for Yourself,” also references access to the capital and currency of home buyers’ ability to know who you are and trust what you do. Ask yourself, “who’s searching for me?” Challenge yourself in 2014 to hire individuals who can complement your domain knowledge with technological skills that improve what you know about who you’re building for, who you’re partnering with, who’s investing in you, who’s searching for you.

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WASHINGTON POST

Tech rally

Eight of the nation's largest technology firms, including Microsoft, Google and Facebook, say there is an "urgent need" for reform of the nation's surveillance practices. The Washington Post's Craig Timberg reports.

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ATLANTIC CITIES

Know your market

Atlantic Cities' Emily Badger explores the technology and ramifications of research institute RTI International's newly launched Synthetic Population Viewer. For home building companies, which are essentially real estate investment firms welded to construction companies, this type of granular household data, and the knowledge it contains, changes the game.

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