Series 1 Episode 3
Title: Real Estate Economy, VC Expansion and Trends with Aaron Block and Zander Geronimos
Summary: We talk to Aaron Block and Zander Geronimos about real estate economy, VC expansion and trends.
About our hosts:
Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).
LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the right place at the right time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.
About our guests
Aaron is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MetaProp, a New York-based venture capital firm focused on the real estate technology (“PropTech”) industry. Founded in 2015, MetaProp’s investment team has invested in 100+ technology companies across the real estate value chain. The firm manages multiple investment funds for both financial and strategic real estate investors representing a pilot- and test-ready sandbox of 15+ billion square feet across every real estate asset type and global market.
Aaron served as Chairman of Chicago-based
BayRu, LLC, the US-Russia ecommerce shopping and shipping specialist and
eBay.com’s exclusive drop shipping partner for Russia/CIS consumers. Prior to
BayRu, Aaron was a commercial real estate executive with Cushman &
Wakefield and oversaw more than 270 professionals as leader of the Chicago
region. Aaronreceived numerous honors and awards during his real estate career including Top Producer, Most Creative Deal, Agency of the Year and Most Promising Brokerage Professional.
Aaron has a BA from the University of
Illinois, an MBA from DePaul University. He is co-author of PropTech 101 (proptech101.com)
published by Advantage Media. He has also been featured in dozens of
international publications and media including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes,
Yahoo Finance, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, CBS Radio, The Moscow Times, RIA
Novosti, RBK, Vedomosti, and Kommersant.
As the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for MetaProp, Zander leads relationships and communications with key players across the real estate value chain and acts as a conduit between strategic real estate firms and the emerging PropTech community.
Prior to joining MetaProp, Zander was a Senior Solutions Engineer covering the North American region for VTS, where he spent four years working across business development, strategic data analysis, marketing, and solutions engineering. His efforts supported the growth of VTS from a start-up to a market leader, as the company became the #1 technology platform in leasing and asset management with over 12 billion square feet of commercial real estate space on the platform. His breadth of experience allowed him to work with sales, marketing, data, product engineering, and design. Before that, Zander started his career as a Real Estate Research Analyst for a Hedge Fund in Stamford Connecticut. He adds immense value to the MetaP