I have been a software development and technology strategist in commercial real estate since 1995. Now, I consult and work with real estate boards on Transformation, Technology and Innovation. A well known speaker in property, I am a globally recognised expert on PropTech, and #SpaceAsAService. (excuse the immodesty).
Pre-Internet: 19th Century UK & European Art Dealer
1988-1995: Property Developer (Residential apartments/mixed use Commercial)
Mosaic Netscape 0.9 (the first web browser), released on October 13, 1994
Founded Estates Today January 1995
Designed, coded, hosted and managed multiple commercial real estate industry websites (including pan European operations of King Sturge for 10 years)
1999: Founded Cityoffices.net (still running) - primary research into prime office developments across UK
2000: Founded Businessparks.net (sold) - primary research into leading UK schemes
Launched British Council for Offices (BCO) Research Portal + Awards entry website - (designed, coded, hosted for 10+ years)
2001: Co-founded Vicinitee with Broadgate Estates (Property Management arm of British Land plc):
Product managed, coded and maintained five core property management modules: Helpdesk, Permits to Work, Visitor Management, Resource Manager & Licence for Alterations.
Launched Building Community module providing Local Travel, Whats On and Offers to office occupiers.
Vicinitee customers include Land Securities, Argent, Oxford Properties, The Shard, The Heron Tower, The Gherkin, Grosvenor, Hammerson
Vicinitee grew to serve 400+ Properties, 7,000 Occupiers, 15,000 + FM Users, 720,000+ System Users
2006, sold 50% share of Vicinitee to British Land
2007 founded Glasnost21.co.uk - Software as a Service suite of productivity tools including Contacts, Project & Image Management and Pipeline, a business development tracking tool.
Since 2014 written a monthly column on Technology & Property in the Estates Gazette.
2017: Left Vicinitee to concentrate on wider Tech/Real Estate initiatives.
2017: No 1 Non-US CRE Blog & Person to follow on Twitter - Duke Long's annual Top 100 Lists.
No 3 - Lendinvest PropTech Power List 2017
2018 - CRETech, Member, Leadership Board
2018 - MetaProp NY, Mentor RE200
2018 - No 52 Global #CRE and #TECH Power 100 (dukelong.com)
No 7 in Duke Long’s Top 10 Most Influential Online Commercial Real Estate People 2018
Founded PropAI - in partnership with OFTNAI (Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience & Artificial Intelligence)