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) machine-learning 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

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.

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 […]

New York landlords are getting graded thanks to ...

Apartment hunting in New York City just got a whole lot easier. Letter grades are no longer just for restaurants, as tech start-up Rentlogic is now slapping letter grades of its own on the dwellings you call home.  In a city as high-priced and cut-throat as New York, almost everyone has a nightmare rent story — broken […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Isn’t There a Landlord Blacklist?

Renting an apartment in New York City is an exercise in financial exhibitionism. By the time you are offered a lease, your future landlord knows your salary, savings and credit history, down to that unpaid Verizon bill from four years ago. If a past rental dispute ended up in housing court, good luck getting the new apartment, […]

New rules for landlords sound good to tenant of ...

Bedbugs and elevator buttons covered in saliva are just two of the complaints about 500 Dawes Rd. But city bureaucrats might be backing away from the idea. Robert Gay, a tenant of 500 Dawes Road, said his hallway’s carpet used to be green but has been soiled to the point of turning black.  (VINCE TALOTTA/TORONTO STAR)   […]

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.

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 […]

New York landlords are getting graded thanks to ...

Apartment hunting in New York City just got a whole lot easier. Letter grades are no longer just for restaurants, as tech start-up Rentlogic is now slapping letter grades of its own on the dwellings you call home.  In a city as high-priced and cut-throat as New York, almost everyone has a nightmare rent story — broken […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Isn’t There a Landlord Blacklist?

Renting an apartment in New York City is an exercise in financial exhibitionism. By the time you are offered a lease, your future landlord knows your salary, savings and credit history, down to that unpaid Verizon bill from four years ago. If a past rental dispute ended up in housing court, good luck getting the new apartment, […]

New rules for landlords sound good to tenant of ...

Bedbugs and elevator buttons covered in saliva are just two of the complaints about 500 Dawes Rd. But city bureaucrats might be backing away from the idea. Robert Gay, a tenant of 500 Dawes Road, said his hallway’s carpet used to be green but has been soiled to the point of turning black.  (VINCE TALOTTA/TORONTO STAR)   […]

WRITINGS

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 […]

Video

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 […]

Website tracks Toronto’s ‘worst’ landlords and b...

The “worst” landlord in the city, is the city according to data compiled by a new website for renters to learn about where they’re potentially moving into. Toronto Community Housing – Canada’s largest landlord – had 452 bylaw violations according to LandlordWatch.com. “Based on the sheer size of the portfolio plus the repair backlog (estimated at around $2 […]

Yale Fox: How Open Data on Housing Empowers Tena...

Yale Fox, TED Fellow, big data speaker and CEO of Rentlogic, describes how crooked landlords and building inspectors might exploit several loopholes in our current system—and how studying open data on housing might put the power back into the hands of tenants.

Renters and Landlords Win with Rentlogic

Win Win for NYC Renters Imagine if you were able to find ratings on your landlord or building before you rent an apartment or house? Picture it being as easy as checking the Zagat rating for a restaurant. That’s what Yale Fox, Founder and CEO of Rentlogic wants to do in New York City. In […]

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 […]

Website tracks Toronto’s ‘worst’ landlords and b...

The “worst” landlord in the city, is the city according to data compiled by a new website for renters to learn about where they’re potentially moving into. Toronto Community Housing – Canada’s largest landlord – had 452 bylaw violations according to LandlordWatch.com. “Based on the sheer size of the portfolio plus the repair backlog (estimated at around $2 […]

Yale Fox: How Open Data on Housing Empowers Tena...

Yale Fox, TED Fellow, big data speaker and CEO of Rentlogic, describes how crooked landlords and building inspectors might exploit several loopholes in our current system—and how studying open data on housing might put the power back into the hands of tenants.

Renters and Landlords Win with Rentlogic

Win Win for NYC Renters Imagine if you were able to find ratings on your landlord or building before you rent an apartment or house? Picture it being as easy as checking the Zagat rating for a restaurant. That’s what Yale Fox, Founder and CEO of Rentlogic wants to do in New York City. In […]

Press

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.

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 […]

Eight Urban Tech Start-Ups Backed by MINI Accele...

Managing director Micah Kotch told Compelo: “We’ve funded some of the most interesting companies who are working to improve city living, and we work with start-ups from all around the world. “We started this about two years ago – we’re in the fourth programme now – and what we’re seeing is a really interesting evolution […]

PropTech Startup Assigns Letter Grades to Apartm...

While many landlords are doing great things, sadly, a few bad ones give the industry a negative reputation. In the rental market, however, fairness and transparency can work to everyone’s advantage – for renters and property owners alike. After my experience in the West Village, I knew there had to be a better way. I […]

There’s Now a Sign That Indicates If A New...

Every registered residential rental property in New York City gets rated on Rentlogic’s website, but not all building owners display the letter grade on their property. Fox learned that part of the issue was the graphic design of Rentlogic’s bright green signage. “Landlords put a lot of care and money into their buildings and they didn’t like the previous […]

This Logo is Like an “Organic” Sticker for Algor...

Right before the election, O’Neil launched her own company, O’Neil Risk Consulting and Algorithmic Auditing, or ORCAA, with the aim of helping organizations, including the rental startup Rentlogic, that rely on algorithms to ensure that they’re not accidentally harming people. So far, ORCAA has certified Rentlogic and one other company and has a dozen or so more that are […]

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.

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 […]

Eight Urban Tech Start-Ups Backed by MINI Accele...

Managing director Micah Kotch told Compelo: “We’ve funded some of the most interesting companies who are working to improve city living, and we work with start-ups from all around the world. “We started this about two years ago – we’re in the fourth programme now – and what we’re seeing is a really interesting evolution […]

PropTech Startup Assigns Letter Grades to Apartm...

While many landlords are doing great things, sadly, a few bad ones give the industry a negative reputation. In the rental market, however, fairness and transparency can work to everyone’s advantage – for renters and property owners alike. After my experience in the West Village, I knew there had to be a better way. I […]

There’s Now a Sign That Indicates If A New...

Every registered residential rental property in New York City gets rated on Rentlogic’s website, but not all building owners display the letter grade on their property. Fox learned that part of the issue was the graphic design of Rentlogic’s bright green signage. “Landlords put a lot of care and money into their buildings and they didn’t like the previous […]

This Logo is Like an “Organic” Sticker for Algor...

Right before the election, O’Neil launched her own company, O’Neil Risk Consulting and Algorithmic Auditing, or ORCAA, with the aim of helping organizations, including the rental startup Rentlogic, that rely on algorithms to ensure that they’re not accidentally harming people. So far, ORCAA has certified Rentlogic and one other company and has a dozen or so more that are […]

Podcasts

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 […]

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 […]