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The Propcast, by Louisa Dickins, Co-founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruitment Consultancy brought to you in partnership with CREtech and REIMtech. The aim of the show is to introduce you to a PropTech innovator and discuss how their work has created a shift in focus when it comes to digitising the built environment. If you are interested in finding out more about Proptech, or applying for a job in this space or keen to know who the big players are that are moving and shaking the RE industry? We have you covered and will be bringing you an episode each week to connect you to the VCs, PropTech start-ups and real estate professionals from around the globe.

The Propcast Louisa Dickins

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The Propcast, by Louisa Dickins, Co-founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruitment Consultancy brought to you in partnership with CREtech and REIMtech. The aim of the show is to introduce you to a PropTech innovator and discuss how their work has created a shift in focus when it comes to digitising the built environment. If you are interested in finding out more about Proptech, or applying for a job in this space or keen to know who the big players are that are moving and shaking the RE industry? We have you covered and will be bringing you an episode each week to connect you to the VCs, PropTech start-ups and real estate professionals from around the globe.

    How Do You Build a Community Using Innovative Technology in the Residential Space? with Nobu Iguchi and Fatima Dicko

    How Do You Build a Community Using Innovative Technology in the Residential Space? with Nobu Iguchi and Fatima Dicko

    Summary: In the penultimate episode of season 9 of the Propcast, Louisa is joined by Nobu Iguchi, Managing Partner at Agya Ventures, and Fatima Dicko, Founder & CEO at Sugar.
    In this episode, they discuss their journeys into the real estate innovation space and how, over the years, they’ve come to realise how important the concept of “community” has become. 
    We hear from Fatima about the mission, product and value of Sugar in the real estate industry, while Nobu explains how Agya Ventures helps businesses expand into Japan. The key takeaway from this episode is that innovation happens as a result of people taking risks.

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Companies Mentioned:
     
    Sidewalk Labs  

    Shout Outs:
    Kunal Lunawat, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Agya Ventures Aaron Farr, Analyst at Agya Ventures Elian Haddock, Analyst at Agya Ventures
    Key Insights From This Episode: 
    The largest expense for building managers and owners is apartment turnover. - Fatima Gen Z will represent over 40% of the workforce by 2024. Most of them will be renters versus home buyers. - Fatima Community is a universal need. - Nobu If we continue building a product that customers love, continue listening to the product feedback, and continue solving this large and growing problem then we can build a company that is not only relevant right now, but sustainable over the long run. - Fatima Real estate has both a local component to it and a global component to it. - Nobu  Innovation happens as a result of people taking risks. - Fatima  Real estate is the largest global asset class with a 1% technology utilisation rate. - Fatima  
    About Our Guests:
    Nobu Iguchi, Managing Partners at Agya Ventures
    Nobu Iguchi is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Agya Ventures. Before Agya Ventures, Nobu worked at Bridgewater Associates, as a senior investment professional on the micro equities team. Nobu started his career at McKinsey & Company, where he was based out of the Tokyo office, and worked on projects across the United States, Thailand and Germany. Nobu holds a BS in Chemistry from Yale College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 
     
    Agya Ventures
    Agya Ventures is a technology-focused real estate fund investing in exceptional entrepreneurs and early-stage companies.
     
    Fatima Dicko, Founder & CEO at Sugar
    Fatima Dicko is the Founder & CEO of Sugar, a resident experience platform that helps property managers build stronger communities. Before Sugar, Fatima spent 5 years at P&G as a senior engineer on a product innovation team. While at P&G, she received several patents and was 1 of 127 nominated technologists awarded the annual 'Most Transformative Product Innovation' award.

    Fatima came to the U.S. from Mali at a young age and grew up in New York City, receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and MBA from Stanford Business School. She was named as '18 Inspiring Women to Watch' by Inc Magazine, listed on the 2021 Forbes 'Next 1000' list and has been featured in major publications such as TechCrunch, Business Insider, Crunchbase, Black Enterprise and CNBC.
     
    Sugar
    Sugar is a modern resident engagement platform that turns apartment buildings into vibrant communities. Sugar allows residents to pay rent, unlock doors and earn rewards for engaging with their community. By elevating the residential experience at their properties, Sugar helps managers attract new residents, increase lease renewal rates and introduce additional revenue streams. Sugar's vision is to turn strangers into neighbours and neighbours into friends.
     
    About Our Host
    Louisa Dickins
    Louisa is the co-founder of LMRE, which has rapidly become the market-leading global PropTech recruitment platform and search consultancy with operations across North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
    To promote the industry she is so passionate about, Louisa set u

    • 29 min
    How To Digitally Enable Buildings: Automating Control Over Systems and Spaces with Mark Furness and Kally Kang-Kersey

    How To Digitally Enable Buildings: Automating Control Over Systems and Spaces with Mark Furness and Kally Kang-Kersey

    Summary: Louisa is joined by Mark Furness, Founder & CEO of essensys and Kally Kang-Kersey, Chief People Officer at essensys for the 8th episode of season 9 of The Propcast. During the course of the episode, they discuss what it means to digitally enable buildings and office spaces. Mark shares his journey from founding essensys back in 2006 to listing it on the stock exchange in 2019. Kally speaks about what people are looking for when joining a business in the post-pandemic world and how to build a successful business in a market that is constantly shifting. The discussion evolves into an overview of the major trends in the market and predictions for the future. 2019, 2020 and beyond have been a huge catalyst in terms of the change in real estate; post pandemic, people want purpose in their work and they want to be connected to the business that they're working in.

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Key Insights From This Episode: 
    Digitalisation and frictionless building experience are right at the heart of the real estate industry, as well as sustainability. - Mark Post pandemic, people want purpose in their work and they want to be connected to the business that they're working in. - Kally 2019, 2020 and beyond have been a huge catalyst in terms of the change in real estate. - Mark  The operation of real estate has not had huge adoption because the acceleration of digital-first type solutions and digital enablement has only really happened in the last few years. - Mark We've got to create a growth mindset in our employees. - Kally  
    About Our Guests:
    Mark Furness, Founder & CEO of essensys
    Mark Furness is the CEO of essensys, the world’s largest provider of mission-critical software and services to the flexible workspace industry. He has over 15 years of experience in building global SaaS and IT organisations. With a focus on automation and self-service, he founded essensys in 2006 to change the way space providers deliver services and meet occupier requirements in the flexible office sector. Mark is passionate about innovation, customer success and company culture. He is a determined leader and a visionary, guiding essensys to a public listing on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in May of 2019.
     
    Kally Kang-Kersey, Chief People Officer at essensys 
    Kally Kang-Kersey is a true commercial business HR leader with over 25 years’ experience driving inspirational approaches to enable organisational change and human capital management at international and globally scaled technology-led businesses. She was most recently VP, Talent & Organisational Development at Zebra Technologies, a $4bn revenue global technology business, where she led their global talent function, and previously served as HR leader for EMEA. Prior to Zebra Technologies, she held various senior HR and leadership roles at Xerox, American Express and Yellow Pages Sales Ltd (BT). 
    In this newly created role of Chief People Officer, Kally joins essensys’ Executive and Operating Board, and will lead on all HR and human capital matters across the group, including talent development, culture, employee engagement, inclusion and diversity.
     
    essensys
    essensys is a leading global technology company for commercial real estate. Our platform is designed to solve the problems faced by today’s modern landlords and flex workspace providers, providing the intelligent digital backbone that enables the real-time provisioning of digital services through intelligent network automation.
    essensys delivers a simple, secure and scalable solution that helps our customers to create digitally enabled buildings and spaces portfolio-wide, to deliver seamless experiences, and realise smart building and ESG ambitions. We simplify network management, reduce operational complexity, provide enterprise-grade security, deliver on-demand digital services and access the data and insights to drive su

    • 31 min
    What’s the Secret to Becoming a Smart Building Expert? With Matthew Marson & Michael Grant

    What’s the Secret to Becoming a Smart Building Expert? With Matthew Marson & Michael Grant

    Summary: In the 7th episode of the 9th season of The Propcast, Louisa is joined by the Co-Founders of Smart Building Bootcamp Matthew Marson and Michael Grant to chat about the secret to becoming a “Smart Building Expert”. 
    Matthew and Michael describe what is offered by Smart Building Bootcamp and how they equip their customers with the skills they need to become Smart Building Experts. By cutting through the jargon and enabling people to see through the smoke and mirrors, Smart Building Bootcamp simplifies smart technology. 
    They discuss the wide range of businesses that sign up for their courses - from real estate firms to investment banks - and why it’s so important to walk these clients through the fundamental components of smart building technology. After all, digitising a building can't happen overnight, it's a journey that requires a certain level of understanding.
    Later in the episode, they touch on what skills they are looking for in the hiring process before they wrap things up with their expectations of the smart building industry. 

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Companies Mentioned:
    WSP Accenture AirRated
    Shout Outs:
    Olga Turner Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Director Co-Founder and Managing Director Ekkist Charlotte Laing, Head of Marketing at Metrikus and Co-founder at Smart Building Bootcamp Brad Koerner, VP Product & Innovation MgtVP Product & Innovation Mgt at LUXTECH LED Modules
    Key Insights From This Episode: 
    Before you invest in digitising your estate, you need to educate yourself. - Michael Digitising your building can't happen overnight, it's a journey. - Matthew Hiring managers should think of their teams as a patchwork that is tied together with all those different experiences, rather than looking for a herd of unicorns, cause you won't find them. - Michael  If we're going to stop the world from warming up, if we're going to reduce energy costs and we're going to improve indoor air quality, you need to make buildings smarter. - Michael People want their buildings to be smart and they want their buildings to react immediately. - Michael Customers are looking for different services, some want indoor air quality, some want energy and water monitoring and some want occupancy and capacity monitoring. - Matthew Since COVID, I have seen the 3 Cs; compliance, coerce and collaboration. First, it was making sure the air quality was suitable, then it was how can we get people back into the office and finally it has been about collaboration. - Matthew  To get people back to the office, the obvious answer is to deploy the right smart building technology in order to prove and adapt to all the things that are going on. - Matthew
    About Our Guests:
    Matthew Marson, Co-Founder of Smart Building Bootcamp
    Matthew Marson is the Global Technology Sector Director at a large consultancy firm and the co-founder of the recently launched Smart Building Bootcamp.
    Having founded WSP’s Smart Places practice and grown Accenture’s offering in this field, Matthew now leads a €100m business across a range of asset types and geographies.
    Marson was named as the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Young Engineer of the Year 2022 and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Young Visionary 2016 for his work in creating The World’s Most Connected Building. He now sits on the Institution’s Strategy Committee. 
    As a recognised thought leader, Matthew is a keynote speaker at international industry events related to emerging technology, net-zero design and places at the building and city scales. He was an author in the Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Technologies and a published writer in a variety of journals, earning a doctorate in Smart Buildings.
    He has recently launched Smart Building Bootcamp in an effort to share his knowledge and bring smart technology leaders together, to educate the real estate industry on how they can benefit f

    • 48 min
    How Are Appraisals and Floorplans Going Completely Digital? With Jeff Allen & Nikki Rinkus

    How Are Appraisals and Floorplans Going Completely Digital? With Jeff Allen & Nikki Rinkus

    Summary: Louisa is joined by Jeff Allen, President of CubiCasa and Nikki Rinkus, Field Staff Appraiser at Clario Appraisal Network for the 6th episode of season 9 of The Propcast. The discussion kicks off with a description of CubiCasa’s product, what it provides, and how it speeds up floorplan and appraisal processes. Louisa, Jeff, and Nikki chat about the trend of tech adoption and digitization in the industry and how CubiCasa has a strong foothold in 142 different countries. Jeff explains how their company differentiates itself from competitors and describes the PropTech scene in Finland. One of the main takeaways in this episode is that technology isn't eliminating any jobs, it's creating more efficiencies. 


    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Companies Mentioned:
    JRL Property Group CBRE  Apprao bowery
    Shout Outs:
    Jarmo Lumpus, Director Global Business Development at CubiCasa
    Key Insights From This Episode: 
    You can go completely digital, I walk into an appraisal inspection with just my phone, no pad of paper, just the phone and it does everything. - Nikki Technology isn't eliminating any jobs, it's creating more efficiencies. - Jeff Appraisers are naturally a sceptical bunch, we want to check and double-check everything so we are slow to adopt new technology. - Nikki PropTech touches something universal and is important to everybody in the world. - Jeff
    About Our Guests:
    Jeff Allen, President of CubiCasa
     
    Jeff Allen serves as President of CubiCasa where he leads the company’s overall strategy to digitize property data collection and unlock actionable data insights for homeowners and mortgage professionals alike. In addition, Jeff serves as Executive Vice President, Innovation Labs for Clear Capital, the real estate valuation technology company that acquired CubiCasa in 2021. In this capacity, Jeff spearheads Clear Capital’s in-house innovation hub, which focuses on the research, testing, and development of new products and solutions. Jeff has held a wide range of leadership roles throughout his career, including Vice President of Operations at CoreLogic, Chief Operating Officer at Rels, Director of Research Services at 10k Researching and Marketing, as well as Research Manager at Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®. 
     
    About CubiCasa
    CubiCasa is a PropTech company focused on providing value for real estate professionals through the digitization of properties. Headquartered in Oulu, Finland, CubiCasa is the global market leader in mobile indoor scanning and is known for its fast and easy-to-use floor plan app on the App Store and Google Play Store. CubiCasa's technology is used in 144 different countries and has helped create over 1 million floor plans to date. CubiCasa provides technology for the real estate, appraisal, and mortgage industries and is on a mission to digitise real estate.
     
    Nikki Rinkus:
    Nikki Rinkus has been appraising real estate in the Chicagoland market for 30 years and also holds her sales broker license. Over those 30 years, she has experienced unprecedented technological shifts in both arenas and has always been an early adapter. Some of her most interesting side jobs over the years include international courier and DJ. 
     
    About Clario Appraisal Network
    Clario Appraisal Network is a full-service residential real estate appraisal firm. Composed of highly-experienced appraisers, we provide the highest quality services across the nation. We specialise in real estate valuations for the mortgage lending and financial services industries.
     
    About Our Host
    Louisa Dickins
    Louisa is the co-founder of LMRE, which has rapidly become the market leading global PropTech recruitment platform and search consultancy with operations across North America, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
    To promote the industry she is so passionate about, Louisa set up the Global podcast ‘The Propcast’ wher

    • 28 min
    How Are Building Management Platforms Changing The Way We Live? With Jessica Beck & Marcela Sapone

    How Are Building Management Platforms Changing The Way We Live? With Jessica Beck & Marcela Sapone

    Summary: Louisa is joined by Jessica Beck, Co-Founder and COO of Alfred and Marcela Sapone, CEO and Co-Founder of Alfred for the 5th episode of season 9. During this episode, they discuss how building management platforms are changing the way we live. Taking a deeper dive into how Alfred came about and in which city it all began, they also touch on what the product is, what trends they are seeing, and why Alfred acquired a property management company. They wrap up this riveting chat by talking about their journey as female founders and what is next for Alfred. The value bomb from this episode is, “Once you build an asset, you need someone to manage that asset.”


    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Companies Mentioned:
    The Peloton Brookfield Properties Hines Related  RXR  Jamestown Greystar 
    Shout Outs:
     
    John Fagan, Co-founder & CEO at doorkee  

    Key Insights From This Episode: 
    The people who were able to make it all work had one thing in common: they got really comfortable with asking for help as well as comfortable with the idea of a team backing them up. - Marcela  ​Once you build an asset, you need someone to manage that asset. - Marcela   Real estate has been very resistant towards tech enablement. - Marcela My advice to founders would be; it does take time but if you build a relationship and you go building by building, one building to ten buildings, you not only build a great relationship, but you actually get to build a great product and you get to learn and work with your customers to bring something to market. - Jessica We learned that in this space, there's so much fragmentation; there's fragmentation on the technology side, on the services side and on the operator side. - Jessica
    About Our Guests:
    Jessica Beck, Co-Founder and COO at Alfred 
    Jessica Beck is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Alfred. Beck leads Alfred’s day-to-day operations and under her direction, Alfred has grown to be a leader in hospitality, successfully rolling out a national resident experience and building management platform with hundreds of thousands of units managed. 
    In an effort to expand Alfred’s footprint, Beck has negotiated and developed partnerships with some of the country’s largest real estate developers, expanding Alfred to 44 major cities across the country. 
    Along with Alfred’s Co-Founder, Marcela Sapone, Beck supports founders who want to live more consciously through WHITESPACE Ventures, a seed investment firm focused on design-led tech for better business. 
    From SXSW to the Sante Fe Institute’s Annual Business Network & Board of Trustees Symposium, Jess speaks regularly on entrepreneurship and building scalable solutions in the sharing economy. Beck holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Williams College, where she was captain of the women’s rugby team and graduated cum laude.


    Marcela Sapone, Co-Founder and CEO of Alfred 
    Marcela Sapone is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alfred. Sapone launched Alfred with a mission to make help a universal utility in every home. Since 2014, under Sapone’s leadership, Alfred has expanded to serve more than 135,000 residents in 44 cities across the United States and Canada, and has been named as Fast Company's Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2018, 2019, and 2020. 
    As one of the first leaders in the sharing economy to advocate for fair compensation of service workers, Sapone adopted the company-wide policy of hiring all Alfred staff as W2 employees. Sapone has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor and the White House under the administration of President Barack Obama, as well as The Brookings Institute and The Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities and Financial Security Program, to advance these efforts of economic security for the future of employment. Along with Alfred’s Co-Founder, Jess Beck, Sapone supports founders who wa

    • 41 min
    How Can Technology Revolutionise The Construction Industry? With Timothy Cocaro And Simon Curtis

    How Can Technology Revolutionise The Construction Industry? With Timothy Cocaro And Simon Curtis

    Summary: On the 4th episode of season 9, Louisa is joined by Timothy Cocaro, CEO and Founder of canibuild and Simon Curtis, Chief Operating Officer at G.J. Gardner Homes. They discuss the story behind canibuild and how its product is revolutionising compliance, design and sales in the construction world. Simon shares how G.J. Gardner Homes is using canibuild’s product. They chat about what major trends can be seen in the ConTech industry and what is upcoming for canibuild. The key insight in this episode is that in ConTech, the one thing you don't want to do is to lose the human touch by detaching from your customer. Instead, you need to bring the customer along on the journey. 

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews
    Companies Mentioned:
    Procore OpenSpace Bridgit Trimble HazardCo Open Data Australia Digital Twinning
    Shout Outs:
    Shuvajeet Nag, Co-Founder of canibuild Deepankur Malhotra, Co-Founder of canibuild Stella Cocaro, Co-Founder of canibuild
    Key Insights From This Episode: 
    With ConTech, the one thing you don't want to do is detach from your customer. - Simon Clients are reaching a point where they're seeing construction similar to buying something on Amazon. They want answers quickly and they want transparency. - Timothy Customers have a huge thirst for knowledge. - Simon
    Keywords:
    Construction, ConTech, technology, built environment

    About Our Guests:
    Timothy Cocaro, CEO/Founder of canibuild
    Timothy Cocaro possesses the unlikely mix of being both a builder by trade and a holder of a computer science degree. 
    Timothy's tenure as Founder and CEO of Australia’s leading Granny Flat company, provided the necessary insight to see and, more importantly, understand the pain points of the construction industry.  
    This led Timothy to put his degree in computer science to use by creating a modern solution, that genuinely aligns with the needs of the construction industry. 
    In 2019, Timothy hung up his hard hat when he became Founder and CEO of canibuild, a world-first, hypergrowth Prop Tech that is transforming the construction landscape.  
    canibuild was developed to be the solution to the many root problems in the construction industry with its AI engine allowing home, pool, granny flat & other builders to instantly check site feasibility, site costs, generate site plans & produce quotes with just a click. 
    canibuild has gained unprecedented traction across the construction industry since its inception, with thousands of searches on the platform every day. canibuild has re-energised the industry by providing its subscribers the ability to be hyper-efficient at a time when the market is booming. 
    canibuild 
    canibuild allows builders to replace the need for physical site visits, drafting, surveying, estimating and instead optimising this complex series of high friction steps into an instant point of transaction. canibuild clients can now go from seeing a project site virtually with a client to contract instantly. This not only allows builders to be more efficient but also covers a much wider area geographically which is a game-changer in an industry that is so fragmented.
    Simon Curtis, Chief Operating Officer at G.J. Gardner Homes
    Simon Curtis is the Chief Operating Officer of G.J. Gardner Homes NSW/ACT and WA and is responsible for the brand's operation in these states. Leading a Head Office team, Simon’s primary responsibilities are:
    To advise and support franchise partners within all areas of their business  To work with the State Marketing Manager on State and Local Area marketing activities To drive franchise growth of GJ Gardner Homes in NSW/ACT and WA  To provide training to the group in all areas of their business  To ensure the group continues to have the support, tools and resources necessary for growth With more than 20 years of experience at some of Australia’s largest property companies under his belt,

    • 33 min

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FrankFurman ,

Best Proptech podcast

Louisa is a great interviewer and I always learn a lot. I’ve recommended it to anyone interested in proptech.

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Love Lou

Great podcast! Lou does a wonderful job making her guests feel welcome. Lots of expert information!

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Great Podcast!

I loved listening to the latest podcast with Tyler Christiansen and Demetrios Barnes. It was both informative and fun to listen to. It was clear that both guests were experts in their field and the insights provided were valuable to anyone in the property management space.

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