Yale Fox is an entrepreneur who builds structures to fix social issues.

He has dedicated his career to improving quality of life through innovative, data-driven technologies. He is both a TED Fellow and Kairos Fellow, and has been acknowledged by Gerson Lehman Group as a top Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) expert.

In 2013, Yale launched Rentlogic — a platform that analyzes millions of pieces of data to generate letter grades for buildings across New York City. Rentlogic is the result of Yale’s advocacy for both landlords and tenants, and fostering transparency between them.

His work has been recognized as an innovative approach by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, ProPublicaWired Magazine and more.

He also hosts and produces of the annual #HackHousing event with the New York Mayor’s Office Community Affairs Unit. This event connects housing non-profits and individuals in the tech sector to work on new solutions within the space.

In University, Yale turned a popular nightclub into a research lab and quantified the nights to improve parties and bottom lines. His work has been featured in textbooks worldwide as well as in 100+ media publications. His research caught the attention of Freakonomics authors Levitt and Dubner, who hired him to produce insights about the hidden side of everything.

In his spare time, Yale continues to hack away. His latest passion project involves the build-out of a custom communication system for his dog, Elly. By combining AI with state-of-the-art sound and voice-recognition equipment, Elly will be able to converse with people, ask for food, and offer opinions.

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Most Notable

Our 3 favorite startups from Urban-X’s 4th demo ...

Urban-X, the urban-tech startup accelerator backed by MINI and early-stage urban-tech fund Urban.Us, hosted a demo day today for its fourth cohort of companies at its Brooklyn HQ.  The seven presenting companies offered solutions to issues plaguing modern cities, including toll-road pricing, energy and construction management, and even the inefficiencies of modern cycling helmets. In a day that offered […]

These Entrepreneurs Are Taking on Bias in Artifi...

AI has also been touted as the new must-have for business, for everything from customer service to marketing to IT. However, for all its usefulness, AI also has a dark side. In many cases, the algorithms are biased.

Rentlogic lands millions to grade NYC real estat...

A company called Rentlogic has raised $2.4 million to take the guesswork out of determining whether that cheap, beautiful New York apartment is actually a deathtrap wrapped in a brownstone’s clothing. Renting in New York is murder already, but using Rentlogic, apartment hunters can figure out if their new housing situation could actually kill them (or put them […]

Want to prove your business is fair? Audit Your ...

For Rentlogic to work, both landlords and tenants, two groups with competing interests, have to believe the business is fair. Fox thought that having a neutral third party, like O’Neil, review the company’s technology and offer a stamp of approval would be an easy way to prove Rentlogic’s protocol was bias-free.

Rentlogic’s Data-Powered Ratings for NYC Rentals

Any renter knows that it’s often in the days after signing a lease that an apartment’s unsavory surprises are revealed — the pest infestation, stubbornly broken bathroom plumbing, black mold in the kitchen, and so on. Insight into ongoing safety issues in the building, as well as the landlord’s responsiveness to maintenance issues, can help renters make […]

Is Your Landlord a Building-Code Violator? New S...

Mr. Fox founded the company in 2013 based on his experience working as a landlord of a rental property in Toronto and with a problem landlord in New York City. He found traditional forms of tenant advocacy had limited persuasive power because they had minimal effect on landlords’ bottom lines.

Manhattan Landlords Are About to Get Graded

The for-rent advertisement on East 75th Street in Manhattan, just a half-block from Central Park, boasts natural light, a marble bathroom, and a granite kitchen. It sounds lovely, a gem of the Upper East Side—perhaps even “triple mint,” as some real estate ads breathlessly proclaim. It better be, given that the price for the apartment is $4,095 […]

Yale Fox on Connecting Data to Make Cities Safer...

Yale Fox sits down with GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) to discuss aggregating data across public and private institutions to increase transparency in real estate.

Home renters are powerless. Here’s how to fix th...

New Yorkers spend 65% of their income on rent, higher than the national average. But between roaches, rats, and unfit landlords, few have control over the conditions of the apartments they pay for. Housing advocate Yale Fox proposes a solution: a system that lets uses city data to rate apartments and help you find the […]

Our 3 favorite startups from Urban-X’s 4th demo ...

Urban-X, the urban-tech startup accelerator backed by MINI and early-stage urban-tech fund Urban.Us, hosted a demo day today for its fourth cohort of companies at its Brooklyn HQ.  The seven presenting companies offered solutions to issues plaguing modern cities, including toll-road pricing, energy and construction management, and even the inefficiencies of modern cycling helmets. In a day that offered […]

These Entrepreneurs Are Taking on Bias in Artifi...

AI has also been touted as the new must-have for business, for everything from customer service to marketing to IT. However, for all its usefulness, AI also has a dark side. In many cases, the algorithms are biased.

Rentlogic lands millions to grade NYC real estat...

A company called Rentlogic has raised $2.4 million to take the guesswork out of determining whether that cheap, beautiful New York apartment is actually a deathtrap wrapped in a brownstone’s clothing. Renting in New York is murder already, but using Rentlogic, apartment hunters can figure out if their new housing situation could actually kill them (or put them […]

Want to prove your business is fair? Audit Your ...

For Rentlogic to work, both landlords and tenants, two groups with competing interests, have to believe the business is fair. Fox thought that having a neutral third party, like O’Neil, review the company’s technology and offer a stamp of approval would be an easy way to prove Rentlogic’s protocol was bias-free.

Rentlogic’s Data-Powered Ratings for NYC Rentals

Any renter knows that it’s often in the days after signing a lease that an apartment’s unsavory surprises are revealed — the pest infestation, stubbornly broken bathroom plumbing, black mold in the kitchen, and so on. Insight into ongoing safety issues in the building, as well as the landlord’s responsiveness to maintenance issues, can help renters make […]

Is Your Landlord a Building-Code Violator? New S...

Mr. Fox founded the company in 2013 based on his experience working as a landlord of a rental property in Toronto and with a problem landlord in New York City. He found traditional forms of tenant advocacy had limited persuasive power because they had minimal effect on landlords’ bottom lines.

Manhattan Landlords Are About to Get Graded

The for-rent advertisement on East 75th Street in Manhattan, just a half-block from Central Park, boasts natural light, a marble bathroom, and a granite kitchen. It sounds lovely, a gem of the Upper East Side—perhaps even “triple mint,” as some real estate ads breathlessly proclaim. It better be, given that the price for the apartment is $4,095 […]

Yale Fox on Connecting Data to Make Cities Safer...

Yale Fox sits down with GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) to discuss aggregating data across public and private institutions to increase transparency in real estate.

Home renters are powerless. Here’s how to fix th...

New Yorkers spend 65% of their income on rent, higher than the national average. But between roaches, rats, and unfit landlords, few have control over the conditions of the apartments they pay for. Housing advocate Yale Fox proposes a solution: a system that lets uses city data to rate apartments and help you find the […]

Press

Using Data-Driven Insights to Tackle Affordable ...

Cities are expanding across the United States, and for many urban centers, this population boom is accompanied by a shortage of affordable housing and an increase in homelessness. Both issues can be challenging — and expensive — for cities to navigate. During the Governing Summit on Financial Leadership in New York City, I spoke with two people […]

How New York City Tells the Story of Its Open Da...

As open data work and availability continue to evolve, local governments are rolling out new ways to spread awareness. New York City these days is dotted with high-tech hot spots, kiosks that are part of a program called LinkNYC. Thousands upon thousands of visitors and residents of the city walk past these screens, using them […]

From Autonomous Energy Management to Urban Outdo...

We need heroes and we believe that entrepreneurs and designers and engineers and creatives are really the heroes that the 21st century needs the most,” said Micah Kotch, the Managing Director of Urban-X, about the startups that pitched their ideas at the Cohort 04 Demo Day at Greenpoint, Brooklyn last week. Urban-X is an urban tech […]

Shaping the future of cities

URBAN-X, the leading accelerator for startups reimagining city life, founded by MINI and run in partnership with Urban Us, presented the outcome of its fourth generation of urbantech startup companies, Cohort 04

Our 3 favorite startups from Urban-X’s 4th demo ...

Urban-X, the urban-tech startup accelerator backed by MINI and early-stage urban-tech fund Urban.Us, hosted a demo day today for its fourth cohort of companies at its Brooklyn HQ.  The seven presenting companies offered solutions to issues plaguing modern cities, including toll-road pricing, energy and construction management, and even the inefficiencies of modern cycling helmets. In a day that offered […]

Shaping the future of cities.

MINI founded accelerator URBAN-X showcases visions for an urbantech revolution in cities.

Using Data-Driven Insights to Tackle Affordable ...

Cities are expanding across the United States, and for many urban centers, this population boom is accompanied by a shortage of affordable housing and an increase in homelessness. Both issues can be challenging — and expensive — for cities to navigate. During the Governing Summit on Financial Leadership in New York City, I spoke with two people […]

How New York City Tells the Story of Its Open Da...

As open data work and availability continue to evolve, local governments are rolling out new ways to spread awareness. New York City these days is dotted with high-tech hot spots, kiosks that are part of a program called LinkNYC. Thousands upon thousands of visitors and residents of the city walk past these screens, using them […]

From Autonomous Energy Management to Urban Outdo...

We need heroes and we believe that entrepreneurs and designers and engineers and creatives are really the heroes that the 21st century needs the most,” said Micah Kotch, the Managing Director of Urban-X, about the startups that pitched their ideas at the Cohort 04 Demo Day at Greenpoint, Brooklyn last week. Urban-X is an urban tech […]

Shaping the future of cities

URBAN-X, the leading accelerator for startups reimagining city life, founded by MINI and run in partnership with Urban Us, presented the outcome of its fourth generation of urbantech startup companies, Cohort 04

Our 3 favorite startups from Urban-X’s 4th demo ...

Urban-X, the urban-tech startup accelerator backed by MINI and early-stage urban-tech fund Urban.Us, hosted a demo day today for its fourth cohort of companies at its Brooklyn HQ.  The seven presenting companies offered solutions to issues plaguing modern cities, including toll-road pricing, energy and construction management, and even the inefficiencies of modern cycling helmets. In a day that offered […]

Shaping the future of cities.

MINI founded accelerator URBAN-X showcases visions for an urbantech revolution in cities.

Public Testimony

City Council Committee on Technology Hearing

Multiple meeting items, please see Meeting Details for more information

City of Toronto Executive Committee

Executive Committee, meeting 15, May 24, 2016 – Afternoon and Evening Session.

City of Toronto – Licensing and Standards ...

Licensing and Standards Committee, meeting 11, May 19, 2016

City Council Committee on Technology Hearing

Multiple meeting items, please see Meeting Details for more information

City of Toronto Executive Committee

Executive Committee, meeting 15, May 24, 2016 – Afternoon and Evening Session.

City of Toronto – Licensing and Standards ...

Licensing and Standards Committee, meeting 11, May 19, 2016

Video

E861: #StartupTuneup Urban-X: apartment grades, ...

It’s time for another #StartupTuneup episode of This Week in Startups! Join us to hear pitches from four startups out of the Urban-X accelerator. Jason provides feedback on an apartment building grading system, outdoor workspaces, a new method of taxing drivers to pay for roads, and a collapsible bike helmet. Don’t miss Jason’s advice on building […]

City Council Committee on Technology Hearing

Multiple meeting items, please see Meeting Details for more information

City of Toronto Executive Committee

Executive Committee, meeting 15, May 24, 2016 – Afternoon and Evening Session.

Yale Fox on Connecting Data to Make Cities Safer...

Yale Fox sits down with GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) to discuss aggregating data across public and private institutions to increase transparency in real estate.

Home renters are powerless. Here’s how to fix th...

New Yorkers spend 65% of their income on rent, higher than the national average. But between roaches, rats, and unfit landlords, few have control over the conditions of the apartments they pay for. Housing advocate Yale Fox proposes a solution: a system that lets uses city data to rate apartments and help you find the […]

Renters can take back control with this new Yelp...

The rental market is on the rise. With 36% of US households deciding to rent in 2015, this makes it the largest share since the late 1960’s. Although the spike in multifamily units continues to drive the housing recovery, the high demand and low supply for affordable housing give landlords and rental companies the upper hand. With […]

E861: #StartupTuneup Urban-X: apartment grades, ...

It’s time for another #StartupTuneup episode of This Week in Startups! Join us to hear pitches from four startups out of the Urban-X accelerator. Jason provides feedback on an apartment building grading system, outdoor workspaces, a new method of taxing drivers to pay for roads, and a collapsible bike helmet. Don’t miss Jason’s advice on building […]

City Council Committee on Technology Hearing

Multiple meeting items, please see Meeting Details for more information

City of Toronto Executive Committee

Executive Committee, meeting 15, May 24, 2016 – Afternoon and Evening Session.

Yale Fox on Connecting Data to Make Cities Safer...

Yale Fox sits down with GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) to discuss aggregating data across public and private institutions to increase transparency in real estate.

Home renters are powerless. Here’s how to fix th...

New Yorkers spend 65% of their income on rent, higher than the national average. But between roaches, rats, and unfit landlords, few have control over the conditions of the apartments they pay for. Housing advocate Yale Fox proposes a solution: a system that lets uses city data to rate apartments and help you find the […]

Renters can take back control with this new Yelp...

The rental market is on the rise. With 36% of US households deciding to rent in 2015, this makes it the largest share since the late 1960’s. Although the spike in multifamily units continues to drive the housing recovery, the high demand and low supply for affordable housing give landlords and rental companies the upper hand. With […]

WRITING & OP-EDs

Why Self-Regulation is Better Than Legislative R...

In an age in which many aspects of technology could still be considered the “Wild West,” and tech gurus “outlaws,” I contend, as a whole, that this is a problem we should get in front of rather than behind. It is imperative that companies should voluntarily prescribe to Algorithmic Audits — an unbiased third-party verification. […]

DineSafe Worked for Restaurants—and It Will Work...

Renters undergo a slew of background checks before they move into an apartment. Who’s checking out the landlords? Toronto has a food scene like no other. In a city where 51 per cent of the population hails from somewhere else, a cultural synthesis of flavours works to offer the best of everything. Hailed by no […]

How Open Government Data Creates Smarter Societi...

Why government leaders should publish the data they’re collecting — and why citizens everywhere should push them to do so. Think about governments and data and your mind likely turns to secrecy, surveillance, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning. And it’s true: as long as we’ve had governments they’ve gathered data on us, and lots of it. Now a […]

Why Self-Regulation is Better Than Legislative R...

In an age in which many aspects of technology could still be considered the “Wild West,” and tech gurus “outlaws,” I contend, as a whole, that this is a problem we should get in front of rather than behind. It is imperative that companies should voluntarily prescribe to Algorithmic Audits — an unbiased third-party verification. […]

DineSafe Worked for Restaurants—and It Will Work...

Renters undergo a slew of background checks before they move into an apartment. Who’s checking out the landlords? Toronto has a food scene like no other. In a city where 51 per cent of the population hails from somewhere else, a cultural synthesis of flavours works to offer the best of everything. Hailed by no […]

How Open Government Data Creates Smarter Societi...

Why government leaders should publish the data they’re collecting — and why citizens everywhere should push them to do so. Think about governments and data and your mind likely turns to secrecy, surveillance, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning. And it’s true: as long as we’ve had governments they’ve gathered data on us, and lots of it. Now a […]

Podcasts

Tech Nest: The Real Estate and Tech Show

In school, you got a letter grade as a way to measure how well you were doing in a subject. Why can’t such a system exist for landlords so that prospective tenants know exactly how well a landlord is doing? That might be an oversimplification, but in this episode, Yale Fox from Rentlogic spells out how his company is working to do this in New York City. They’ve got a really intense process and are gaining serious traction.

Real Estate Is Your Business

Yale Fox, CEO of Rentlogic (looks at a building’s history over time and rates it for quality and safety) joins Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Networkstudios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

The Brick Underground Podcast: Landlord tips on ...

On this episode of The Brick Underground Podcast, host Nathan Tempey talks to Yale Fox, founder of the rental-building rating website Rentlogic and data partner for Brick’s Best Landlords series, as well as Arik Lifshitz, CEO of the family-founded DSA Property Group, a developer, building owner, and property manager with apartments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Yale and Arik share […]

Tech Nest: The Real Estate and Tech Show

In school, you got a letter grade as a way to measure how well you were doing in a subject. Why can’t such a system exist for landlords so that prospective tenants know exactly how well a landlord is doing? That might be an oversimplification, but in this episode, Yale Fox from Rentlogic spells out how his company is working to do this in New York City. They’ve got a really intense process and are gaining serious traction.

Real Estate Is Your Business

Yale Fox, CEO of Rentlogic (looks at a building’s history over time and rates it for quality and safety) joins Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Networkstudios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

The Brick Underground Podcast: Landlord tips on ...

On this episode of The Brick Underground Podcast, host Nathan Tempey talks to Yale Fox, founder of the rental-building rating website Rentlogic and data partner for Brick’s Best Landlords series, as well as Arik Lifshitz, CEO of the family-founded DSA Property Group, a developer, building owner, and property manager with apartments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Yale and Arik share […]