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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 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

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    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,

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    ESG & Diversity In Real Estate: What Are The Key Action Areas For Investors? With Jonathan Hannam & Joanna Marsh

    ESG & Diversity In Real Estate: What Are The Key Action Areas For Investors? With Jonathan Hannam & Joanna Marsh

    Summary: 
    On the the 3rd episode of Season 9 of The Propcast, Louisa is joined by Jonathan Hannam, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Taronga Ventures and Joanna Marsh, GM Innovation & Advanced Analytics at Investa Property Group. They chat about their journeys towards a built environment and innovation space, with a focus on what can be done to bridge the gap between technologists and real estate institutions and corporates. 
    The discussion zeroes in on how companies can improve diversity and ultimately speed up transformation as well as ESG technologies in the industry. The key understanding from this episode is that there is an incredible opportunity to be in between the real estate world and the emerging technology companies. 
    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews Companies Mentioned:
    SPACECUBE Taronga Ventures  Shout Outs:
    William Cosby, Ex Omnia  Key Insights From This Episode: 
    There is this incredible opportunity to be in between the real estate world and the emerging technology companies. - Jonathan There is a much greater focus on using ESG to actually deliver real outcomes. - Jonathan Historically in real estate, the industry has been extremely opaque. - Joanna For the last 12 months, every investor and every discussion has been about ESG. - Jonathan One of the trends in real estate has been the move from the point solutions to something that is more of a holistic ecosystem as well as the blending of the technologies together. - Joanna We build better products and better businesses with diverse thoughts. - Joanna Globally, the real estate sector isn't greatly diverse especially at the senior leadership level. - Jonathan We tell founders that, “Your business will be more attractive to us from a capital perspective, if you can demonstrate that you've got diversity of leadership.” - Jonathan In 2019, 2.8% of funding went to women-led startups and in 2020, that fell to 2.3%. - Louisa  Keywords: Technology, ESG, Diversity, Real Estate, Proptech 
    About Our Guests:
    Jonathan Hannam, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Taronga Ventures 
    Jonathan is a global citizen, having held senior executive and board roles across Asia and Europe in real estate, venture capital, technology, and infrastructure-related investments. In 2015, Jonathan jointly founded Taronga Ventures, Asia’s leading technology and innovation investor focused on the real estate sector and the wider built environment. His vision is to bridge the gap between real estate institutions and corporates, and the emerging technology companies that are now targeting the real estate sector. Through Taronga Ventures, Jonathan’s focus is on real estate technology (RealTech) investments that drive real and measurable impact across ESG, including carbon reduction, renewable energy, sustainability, and health & safety. Prior to Taronga Ventures, Jonathan has also held executive roles at Mirvac, as a Director at AREIM in Sweden and as the Portfolio Manager Asia for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) during a period when ADIA completed more than 40 transactions across Asia. 
    In other roles, Jonathan has lived and worked in China, the Philippines and Singapore with Savills, and was also the Managing Director South East Asia based in Singapore for ING Real Estate. Jonathan attended the INSEAD AMP course in Singapore & Abu Dhabi in 2015-2016. He holds an MBA from the University of South Australia, a Bachelor of Planning & Design and a Bachelor of Town & Regional Planning from the University of Melbourne. He also completed postgraduate studies at Tsinghua University and is fluent in Mandarin and Swedish. 
    About Taronga Ventures 
    Taronga Ventures is Asia’s leading technology and innovation investor focused on the real estate sector and the wider built environment. The group consists of the RealTech Ventures Fund, the RealTechX innovation program and Taronga Advisory and has offices in Sing

    • 42 min
    Digital Transformation & Diversification: How Real Estate Is Recalibrating After The Pandemic

    Digital Transformation & Diversification: How Real Estate Is Recalibrating After The Pandemic

    Summary: On the 2nd Episode of Season 9, Louisa is joined by Laura Smith, Managing Director at Berkadia and Neda Fields, Director of Product Management at Berkadia to chat about digital transformation within real estate. They discussed how Berkadia went about their own transformation for internal product development and the use of external technologies. They also touched on how to attract a diverse workforce; a key issue during the Great Rehiring that’s sweeping the post-pandemic market. During the global Covid outbreak, while everyone else was downsizing, Berkadia’s adoption of industry-leading technologies helped them to double their workforce.

    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews redIQ 
    Companies Mentioned:
    Dwight Capital (Love Funding) Arbinger Institute Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Jefferies Financial Group redIQ
    Shout Outs:
    Eric Flohr
    Key Insights From This Episode: 
    During the pandemic while everyone else was downsizing, we were recalibrating and employee staff sizes had almost doubled. - Laura Job candidates are asking about the culture, what does the business contribute to the community, are there different programs, different intentions, what is the whole progression and what do they offer? - Louisa It is important to have different backgrounds to contribute to innovations. - Neda  Diversity is not just about gender. - Neda Bring your YOU to work. Be yourself, and have that freedom to express yourself as yourself so that you feel comfortable sharing your ideas and contributing to the innovation. - Neda  Give people flexibility, especially if we've learned nothing else from COVID, we all have to learn to embrace change and be flexible with whatever comes our way. - Laura Business is not usual, there's no more normal. Noone knows what the new normal is. - Laura The real estate industry has been an industry that has been reluctant to technology innovation. - Neda
    Keywords: Technology, PropTech, Women, Data, Digital Transformation

    About Our Guests:
    Neda Fields
    Neda Fields leads cross-functional efforts and teams in the development of data insight and visualisation tools for real estate market research. Berkadia's Data and Analytics tools synthesise property fundamentals, demographics and market intelligence to optimise the evaluation of real estate investments. Neda was selected as one of Real Estate Forum's CRE Tech Influencers in 2021.
    Neda began her career with KPMG in the Information Risk Management practice where she advised numerous clients on their Information Technology internal control frameworks. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University.

    Laura Smith
    As Managing Director, Laura Smith is responsible for loan origination of market-rate multifamily, affordable and healthcare properties nationwide. Over the course of her career, she has underwritten approximately $6 billion in FHA, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Wall street conduit transactions. She has originated and closed more than 120 transactions totaling nearly $1 billion.
    Laura holds a bachelor's degree in political science from West Chester University and in German from the University of Marburg, Germany. In 1992, she received her Masters of Business Administration from American University with a concentration in real estate finance.

    Berkadia
    Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, is a leader in the commercial real estate industry, offering a robust suite of services to our multifamily and commercial property clients. Powered by deep relationships and industry-changing technology, our people sell, finance, and service commercial real estate, providing support for the entire life cycle of our clients’ assets. Our unique ownership structure allows us to put our clients’ interests first and create a marketplace that delivers a superior experience

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    • 39 min
    How Is The Fast-Growing Proptech Market Disrupting The European Property Finance Sector? With Michael Bristow And Faisal Butt

    How Is The Fast-Growing Proptech Market Disrupting The European Property Finance Sector? With Michael Bristow And Faisal Butt

    On the first episode of season 9 of Propcast, Louisa is joined by Michael Bristow, CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdProperty and Faisal Butt, Founder & CEO of Pi Labs. During the episode, they discuss how Pi Labs started, as well as how the PropTech market has changed and grown. Michael shares his journey from investor to founder, and chats about his specialist property development lending platform, CrowdProperty. With their 'property finance by property people' proposition, CrowdProperty and Pi Labs are disrupting property finance for small and medium sized developers who have previously struggled to access the financing they need.
    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews Companies Mentioned:
    Spire Ventures OfficeRnD PropTech1 Fifth Wall GREENPASS Okibo  Lantech  Key Insights From This Episode: 
     
    We're disrupting property finance for small and medium sized developers, where historically financial services underserved them. - Michael  
    If you're a B2B SaaS business, it doesn't matter where you are because you can build a globally scalable business. - Faisal  If you can prove one market, you can arguably have the ability to scale in many markets. - Michael Australia has many duopolistic markets which typically drive less aggressive competition between players. - Michael Since there was such a dearth of liquidity for PropTech before, I find that there is more coming in now, but I don’t think there is too much. I believe that the market needs to mature and that funding is needed at different stages. - Faisal Retention is what you need to focus on. When you have someone great in your team, you need to look after them because if not, they will go elsewhere. - Michael Keywords: Europe, Technology, Venture Capital, Finance, PropTech, FinTech
    About Our Guests:
    Mike Bristow
    Mike Bristow is the CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdProperty, the UK's leading specialist property development online lending platform. With a background in strategy consultancy advising major corporates and private equity funds on corporate strategy and M&A, Mike has been investing in property since 2002, investing in high potential proptech businesses since 2014 and sits on the Investment Committee of Pi Labs, Europe’s first and most prolific venture capital fund investing exclusively in early stage ventures in the proptech vertical, in which he is also an LP.
    Mike has an MBA from London Business School, is a founding board member of the Innovate Finance 36H Group alongside other leading fintech lending platforms and was named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the Midlands Business Awards 2020.
    About CrowdProperty
    CrowdProperty is the UK's leading specialist property development online lending platform – a fintech/proptech lending innovator, exceptionally efficiently matching the demand (quality property professionals undertaking quality property projects) and supply (major global financial institutions and private investors) of capital for value-creating property projects. CrowdProperty has built the best SME property development lender in the market, changing the game with a distinct 'property finance by property people' proposition, unlocking the potential of small and medium sized developers to build more homes and drive spend in the UK economy on labour, materials and services.
     Small and medium sized property developers and property professionals have been poorly and inefficiently served by traditional funding sources for decades. Actual property development and investment experience lies at the heart of CrowdProperty meaning a hands-on, expertise-led partnership, underpinned by technology for efficiency and deep asset class expertise for effectiveness of lending, increasing the likelihood of success of our customer’s projects. CrowdProperty funds property professionals undertaking any sort of property project, structuring the perfect funding product and doing so with greater speed, ease,

    • 32 min
    What Is Impact Investing And How Will It Affect The Future Of Our Built Environment?

    What Is Impact Investing And How Will It Affect The Future Of Our Built Environment?

    Summary: For the 10th and final episode of Propcast season 8, Louisa is joined by Greg Smithies, Partner and Co-Head of Climate Tech at Fifth Wall and Jonathan Schulhof, co-founder and CEO of FootPrint Coalition Ventures. They talk through their roles and what their funds are doing within the climate and sustainable technology space. They explain the growth and trends that they have seen in the market at the macro and micro level. Finally, they speak about what the future looks like and what we can personally do to reduce our carbon footprint. The key insight from this episode is the simplest thing you can do for the planet is to switch your thermostat down. 
    Resources:
    LMRE Global Recruitment and Search Consultancy LMRE YouTube Interviews Companies Mentioned:
     
    Battery Ventures Coldwatt, acquired by Flextronics  Kleiner Perkins GE Conoco Turntide Motors Carbon Cure  Sidewalk Labs  Zero Acre Sealed  
     
    Shout Outs:
    Rob Soni, Executive Chairman, Founder, CEO & Investor Krishna Srinivasan, Founding Partner at LiveOak Venture Partners, Chairman of the Board at DISCO, Chairman of the Board at The Miracle Foundation Stephen M. Ross, Owner of The Related Companies Jeff Blau, CEO at Related Companies  Harvey Spievak, Executive Chairman and Managing Partner, Equinox Group Robert Downey Jr. Key Insights From This Episode: 
     
    Looking at climate tech today, the vast majority of them require some level of industrial tech. - Greg    
    The technologies we're investing in on the climate side are good for the planet, cheaper for the consumer and have higher returns. - Greg We might be in the golden age of climate and impact investing. - Greg We've had a washout of cleantech, 1.0 companies that weren't sustainable without subsidy. - John It is a travesty for the planet that for the last 20 years, the world's best and brightest went through, and spent all of their time doing ad click-through optimization. - Greg When you look at a problem that no one's looked at in the last 200 years, you can come up with some solutions that are cheaper, better and faster. - Greg  People are really looking and examining the food supply and thinking about how we can scale in a way that's compatible with the planet. - John 70% of the world's natural gas is burnt inside buildings for either powering them or heating them. - Greg Keywords: Climate Tech, Sustainable Tech, Future, Climate Change, Sustainability 
    About Our Guests:
    Greg Smithies, Partner and Co-Head of Climate Tech at Fifth Wall.
    Greg is a Partner at Fifth Wall, where he co-leads the Climate Technology Investment team. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Greg was a Partner at BMW i Ventures where he led the Sustainability investing practice, investing in companies such as Prometheus Fuels, and PureCycle (NASDAQ: ROCH). Before joining BMW i Ventures, Greg led Finance & Operations for both The Boring Company and Neuralink simultaneously.
    Greg started his investment career at Battery Ventures where he covered early-stage enterprise technology startups, as well as industrial technology buyouts. Successful exits from his work there include Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), and IST (acquired by Scott Brand).
    Greg was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and currently lives in Oakland, CA. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he received a BS in Economics and a BS in Computer Science.
    Founded in 2016, Fifth Wall, a Certified B Corporation, is the largest venture capital firm focused on technology-driven innovation for the global real estate industry. With approximately $3.0 billion in commitments and capital under management, Fifth Wall connects many of the world's largest owners and operators of real estate with the entrepreneurs who are redefining the future of the Built World. Fifth Wall is backed by a global mix of more than 90 strategic investors from more than 15 countries.
    Jonathan Schulhof is co-

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

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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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