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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Fifth Wall Ventures, one of Fast Company magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies’, is perhaps the leading investor in technology for the built environment. Based in Los Angeles they have invited me to address their Limited Partners conference in April on the subject of #SpaceAsAService.
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!
24th April : At the IWFM Conference: Gain insight, inspiration and skills I will be talking about ‘Work and the workplace in an age of exponential technology: the past is a poor guide to the future.‘
Helsinki, May 2019 - details to follow.
Recent talks include:
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'.
The evening before flying to Warsaw I took part in a top notch panel at CMS discussing Artificial Intelligence. Along with Will Hutton I battled to keep up with a room full of super talented women. A veritable brains trust was on show. I learnt a lot.
I gave a talk at the Chairman's Dinner the evening before the ULI UK Annual Conference 2018 opens. All about 'Turner, Picasso, AI.... and real estate'.
At the conference itself I was on a panel with Despina Katsikakis (International Partner and Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield), Henrie Koetter (Chief Investment Officer, ECE) and Clare Thomas (Partner, CMS) discussing 'New Occupier Models: Adapting to change and the blurring of lines.'
Together with Dror Poleg I did a ''Disrupting Real Estate' double header at The Office Group's excellent Henry Wood House in May. Here is my talk.
The World's Number One PropTech Event!
I gave a talk on AI and Real Estate at this excellent event with 1,600 delegates.
'British & Irish GRI is a get together of senior international and local real estate investors, developers and lenders. The collegial discussions enable you to interact and engage - much like an after-dinner conversation in your own living room. Identify like-minded peers, build relationships, and continue the conversation afterwards.'
I acted as a 'Provocateur' for this session 'RE as a Service & Lifestyle - The new flexible future?' on May 3rd, 2018.
Click the link to see what they were: Real Estate as a Service: Are flexible short term leases the new future? 16 Provocations!
I gave a talk on 'The Real Estate Transformation Omelette' at the BCA Conference in London on the 15th May. Below is a quick vox pop I did afterwards:
Invesco Client Conference - Keynote Speech - Frankfurt, 23rd May
Probably my longest distance talk, I had an excellent Skype for Business session with the executive board of Investa, one of Australia’s largest, most recognised commercial office real estate companies. With a particular focus on #SpaceAsAService we concentrated on the role of the Landlord in the new worl of real estate.
I gave a presentation to leading property management company MJ Mapp encapsulating the new business models developing within the real estate sector, from the technological drivers through to the changing nature of demand and on to the impact that will have on supply.
I presented a talk on 'Ten Signals of Fundamental Change in Real Estate' to a small group of real estate specialists and fund managers at the Aviva Investors HQ in the city of London. Beyond the 10 Signals it covered the impact of technology on the real estate market in the widest sense.
I spent a couple of hours with an excellent team at Woods Bagot, the global design and consulting company given my interactive presentation on 'The Future of Build to Rent - What does No 1 look like'. It covers the potential for this nascent real estate asset class that is growing dramatically. The No 1 of the Future only looks very slightly like the No 1 today.
I was delighted to be invited to be part of an illustrious panel at the IREI VIP Conference in Copenhagen in February. The topic was the impact of AI on the commercial real estate industry.
g15 represents London’s largest housing associations, providing homes for one in ten Londoners and one quarter of all new building in the capital. We are working to solve the housing crisis by delivering good quality, affordable homes of all types.
They kindly asked me to address all their CEO members to discuss the impact of technology on the real estate sector.
I was invited by ORM Digital Strategy to give the keynote talk at their 'People, Property, #PropTech' event in London in October 2017. The talk was built around the five steps businesses need to take to get those three P's working effectively together.
I gave a talk on 'Space as a Service' at the inaugural Nordic Proptech Summit in Stockholm in October 2017. Held at the exceptional new 'Epicenter', a 30,000 square metre building dedicated to working with 'Scale Up' businesses it was part of an exceptionally stimulating and inspiring day.
As a guest of the SCSI I made five presentations as part of their Survey Innovation and Technology Roadshow in September 2017. We travelled to Meath, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick and Galway talking to Society members about technology, geomatics, mapping, residential and commercial agency and more.
I presented on '10 Signals of Fundamental Change in Real Estate, and 5 Steps to making the most of it'. Overall we had several hundred attendees and much good feedback; there is so much movement in this area at the moment and a real thirst for guidance, advice and information.
I gave a presentation on 'New Business Models for Commercial Real Estate & Retail' as part of the Bayfield Training course on Shopping Centre Investment in the City of London.
I talked to the MSc Entrepreneurship class on how technology will impact the Retail Property market.
Talking to the MSc Real Estate class we worked through how every company needs a Digital Strategy to makes the most of the opportunities and avoid the threats of new technologies.
"I just wanted to say thank you for coming to speak to our MSc students. The student feedback was very positive.
The topic, "Its 2016, you need a digital strategy" was a perfect fit with our course ethos of trying to make the students think differently and your punchy 20 point challenge approach kept them engaged throughout.
I was delighted by the students' questions and discussions but sorry that this meant that we ran out of time towards the end! I hope that we can discuss your return visit soon.
PhD, MSc,Dip(Est Man) FRICS, FRTPI, MCMI, MBIFM.
Talking to the Senior Management of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, we discussed the 5 Megatrends impacting on their market, and what to expect in the next 3-5 years.
Presenting to the entire Capita Real Estate division my talk was entitled 'Real Estate 2023: the Office is Dead'.
As part of a panel, we discussed how the workplace is likely to change over the next five years: is technology driving the changes, or responding to them.
I regularly talk to select member groups of FedCRE on all matters relating to technology and real estate.