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The Propcast

Aug 4, 2021

Summary: In this episode The Propcast talks to Julian Brockhurst and Isaac Coonan, from PropTech Brisbane and Aprao, about Brisbane as a PropTech hub, tips for start-ups planning to launch in Australia and who is leading the way in Australia’s PropTech space 


Key Insights From This Episode

  • What we're wanting to do with PropTech Brisbane is to bring visibility, transparency and amplification to the emerging PropTech sector here in Brisbane – Isaac Coonan
  • I think if we can use space and buildings which we live, work and play in, in a more efficient manner, build them in a more efficient manner, then that's going to go a long way to solving those (sustainability) issues – Julian Brockhurst
  • Brisbane actually has the industry decision makers right here in our city – Isaac Coonan
  • If you look at commercial, there's a case to be made at the moment that ESG can really reduce the cost of operation, but then in some cases increase the revenue, which is giving you better margins – Julian Brockhurst
  • This is a relationship game. But not just real estate, not just PropTech, but the business economy is built on relationships – Isaac Coonan


About Our Guests

Isaac Coonan  

Isaac has extensive experience in building some of the countries leading innovation and tech communities with a particular focus and passion for the property technology cluster. Isaac is currently the Senior Industry Development Manager for Brisbane Economic Development Agency, leading the city of Brisbane's PropTech strategy along with being a global advisor to Second Century Ventures and their accelerator program, REACH. Isaac started PropTech Brisbane in efforts to demonstrate the diversity in talent within the Brisbane property technology cluster and to act as a centralised point of promotion, amplification and education for the sector.


Julian Brockhurst 

Julian is focused on the intersection of real estate, technology and ESG with the goal of creating a grander built environment. Through PropTech Brisbane and initiatives guiding some of the most promising PropTech scale-up companies across APAC, Julian promotes how to create a place of the future throughout the design, build and operational property lifecycle stages. Julian has a deep background of 10+ years expanding businesses and building networks across international markets such as the UK, US, and Australia. Naturally inquisitive and a lifelong learner, his goal is to combine domain experience and expertise within the property sector to help drive innovation.


About Our Host

Louisa Dickins  

Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).

About LMRE 

LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the place at the time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.


Resources Mentioned

LMRE website 

PropTech Brisbane 

Aprao website 


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