Sim City for Real Life | Cindy McLaughlin at Envelope

If you’re developing a building in a major city, understanding the zoning laws is a crucial but often byzantine process. You must work through thousands of pages of documents to learn your options on ceiling heights, plumbing systems, occupancy limits, and the list goes on. And changing one factor could affect another.

Cindy McLaughlin, the CEO of Envelope, is trying to help developers navigate this complicated process using software that analyzes plans, locations, and laws to deliver data in an easy-to-understand format. But unlike many other technology startups, Envelope’s offering includes human input—as well as a business partnership. In this episode of UpTech Report, Cindy tells us about the origins of their startup and their unique business model.

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Cindy McLaughlin is CEO of Envelope, a real estate acquisitions analysis company that uses zoning- and AI-driven software to search for, visualize, and run scenarios on urban real estate value potential.  Prior to Envelope, Cindy held CEO and President roles in a range of technology companies, from fashion technology to education technology for prisoners.  Cindy has an MBA from MIT/Sloan, a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and spent 2 years in Congo as a Water/Sanitation volunteer for the US Peace Corps.




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