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About

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.

  • Top 20 #PropTech influencer according to the Lendinvest rankings and number 16 in Onalytica's Global #PropTech rankings.

  • 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)