Specialising in ‘Space As a Service’, AI and Innovation, I speak about how technology is redefining how we work, shop and live, and the opportunities and threats of a changing world. How do you maximise your upside whilst minimising your downside.
Topics I engage with:
#SpaceAsAService - I coined this term in 2014 and have ‘evangelised’ for it since then. In a world moving from Products to Services, and from Ownership to Access, where we are becoming used to everything being available on-demand, is it any wonder that we are demanding that real estate follows suit? And that has huge implications.
#PropTech - I am No 7 in Duke Long’s Top 10 Most Influential Online Commercial Real Estate People 2018, No 3 in Lendinvest's PropTech Power List 2017, a Member of the Leadership Board of CRETech and a Mentor at MetaProp RE200. As such I often talk exclusively to Boards and senior leaders in corporates about #PropTech; what matters, what does not, impacts and incentives and who to work with.
AI in Real Estate. A not much mentioned topic within real estate AI will probably be the most important technology of the next 10 years. It is going to reshape the entire business world, upend value chains, change the nature of the work we do, and destroy and create a vast number of jobs. In doing so it will fundamentally change the nature of demand for real estate.
Innovation: something much easier to say than do. Mostly we talk about it right until the moment someone else innovates away our profit margins, or even businesses. But there are clear steps you can take to catalyse innovation within your organisation. Even inspiration can come from process. No process = no innovation.
New Business Models. Our customers are changing, and so are our competitors. Free can be surprisingly valuable. Technology can upend value chains. Data, networks and ecosystems can transform efficiency, and effectiveness. The past is no longer much of a guide to the future. Understanding the new dynamic of markets is vital.
The Future of Property Management. Having written property management software for 10+ years, I am acutely aware of the issues facing even the best players in this sector. It is hard to break out of a low margin, cost cutting, undifferentiated marketplace. All property managers face the same dilemma. BUT, in a world where the operator of an asset is becoming more important, and in a way hitherto unknown, there are amazing opportunities opening up to go from ‘Zero to Hero’.
Exponential Humans: In a world of Exponential Technology we need to become Exponential Humans. When the machines are doing everything that is structured, repeatable or predictable, what is it that we humans will be doing? How do we ensure that we create a future where we use technology to augment ourselves, and avoid one where the machines rule over us. Are we heading towards a dystopia or a utopia?
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The European Public Real Estate Association, is a non-profit association representing Europe's publicly listed property companies. I will be delivering a keynote talk at their annual conference, in Madrid on the 10th-12th of September. Broad ranging, I will be covering the impact of technology on the nature of demand across all real estate asset classes. And therefore valuation!
Recent talks include …
I gave a talk at the Inrev Young Professionals Conference 2019 in Lisbon, July the 4th - ‘The Age of the Consumer - How the customer is finally revolutionising real estate‘.
A Dynamic World requires Dynamic Corporate Real Estate
As technology advances at ever increasing speed, business is becoming much more dynamic. Certainties are giving way to perpetual fluidity; change is a constant. Corporate Real Estate is changing as well. #SpaceAsAService is becoming the new normal. Putting the human at the center of corporate real estate strategy is the starting point.
DREAM REIT are one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with ~800 employees and approximately $16 billion of assets under management in North America and Europe. I had the pleasure of speaking to all their senior management team about the future of real estate, and the impact of technology on the built world. In Amsterdam.
Helsinki, 9th May 2019 - The KTI/MSCI Nordic Property Seminar.
I gave a talk about ‘Real Estate ‘as a Service’ – the importance of Data’.
24th April : At the IWFM Conference: Gain insight, inspiration and skills I talked about ‘Work and the workplace in an age of exponential technology: the past is a poor guide to the future.‘
Sometimes you need to be careful where you stand, and what images you use:)
In April I had the great pleasure of presenting at the Fifth Wall Ventures Limited Partners Conference. Fifth Wall are one of Fast Company magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies’, and perhaps the leading investor in technology for the built environment.
On the 6th March I gave a talk on ‘AI and Commercial Real Estate’ at the Budapest PropTech Conference, jointly organised by Property Forum Events and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
February 21st: I am delighted to be on an illustrious panel discussing ‘AI, Big Data & Real Estate‘ at the 2019 Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Europe, in Amsterdam.
February the 7th: A first time in Vilnius, I was talking about ‘People, Property, PropTech 2025 - Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why?‘ - excellent event in an interesting city.
At the RICS Commercial Property Conference 2018 in London, I spoke about ‘The Impact of Technology on Commercial Real Estate’, in particular the many areas where artificial intelligence is sure to make an impact over the coming years.
FUTURE:PropTech Vienna is well established as the leading & most well attended global event dedicated to the technology innovation & digital transformation occurring in the wider Real Estate sector.
I gave the opening keynote at this invitation-only event for tech leaders in the UK's premier property and real estate companies with the vision to innovate their business.
I had the great pleasure of presenting at Rubenstein Partners annual investors conference in New York. My 45 minute talk looked at ‘The New World of CRE #SpaceAsAService‘ with a particular focus on what the office of the future (as in tomorrow onwards) needed in terms of features, products and above all services. Critically how was the changing nature of CRE going to impact on valuations. The 100+ attendees, each representing significant funding institutions, was a fantastic audience to interact with. All quite fascinating.
I gave the opening keynote presentation at this excellent conference in Amsterdam on the 1st November.
Private Equity Real Estate is the leading industry magazine with a readership of over 35,000. Their editorially led conferences are well known for the very high calibre of participant which meant a large room full of senior, and very smart, people. My talk, ‘The Real Estate Business of the Future‘ looked at how new technologies, particularly AI, will impact on the demand for real estate, across all sectors, and what investors need to know to profit from these changes.
Helsinki - 24th October.
I spoke about AI, the 4th Industrial Revolution and New Business Models for Real Estate.
Future Facilities and Workspace | 2018 | Finland | Management Events
Helsinki 25th October 2018 - I talked about the impact of AI on the Workplace. It was a notable event as it had a HUGE screen.
I was invited to attend a meeting of the Board of Antilooppi Management Oy. one of the leading Developers in Finland. I presented a complete overview of the changing nature of demand in real estate and the ways in which technology is impacting all asset classes, especially the office sector.
Workplace Trends: People, Place, Performance
Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London
17 October 2018
I had the pleasure of presenting to this very distinguished audience of Workplace Consultants, Academics and Scientists on ‘The impact of AI on the workplace‘.
EurobuildCEE 9th Conference Office Market for Poland
Where is the office market heading? How to find your way around the maze of novelties without losing sight of the basics of this business? The experts and guests of the 9th Office Market for Poland Conference will be discussing these and many other issues.
I’ll be talking about ‘To what extent is technology poised to replace human work? Are office workers really going to be replaced by artificial intelligence from data centres?’
HB Reavis Talks - Budapest 2nd October
'FlexOffice 2018 brings together two organizations for one landmark event. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the Global Workspace Association (GWA), are bringing together a dynamic group of owners, operators and developers of office space to explore a diverse range of topics on cutting-edge office trends and technologies.'
Austin, Texas 12-14th September 2018
On June the 20th I presented at the Human Centered Places conference ran by Colliers International in Warsaw, Poland. A fascinating day looking at the crossover of skills required to thrive in a world that is increasingly technologically advanced.
I gave a summary of all the discussions at the end of the event and a presentation on 'AI, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Human Centered Places'.
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