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The Propcast

Jun 30, 2020

The Propcast
Season 1 Episode 1
Title: Acquisition and Virtual Events - Michael Beckerman and Gary Chimwa
Today's topic is on collaborations and acquisitions and looking at the future of the events space. We talk about the impact pandemic has had on real estate, how the industry has had to adapt to digital, how to get the right people at events and e-imagining real estate and what it looks like going forward.
About our hosts:
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 right place at the right 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.
About our guests
Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman is a leader in the commercial real estate tech sector. He entered the sector in 2012 after a 25-year career in commercial real estate public relations, in which he started and built Beckerman Public Relations into one of the largest firms in the country before eventually selling the agency.
Michael now serves as CEO of CRETech, the largest event, data, and content platform in the commercial real estate tech sector. He also owns other successful brands such as The News Funnel, the largest commercial real estate news aggregator and The Content Funnel, a social media and blogging platform for the commercial real estate industry.
Michael blogs at and is active on the commercial real estate
tech speaking circuit.
Gary Chimwa
Gary is founder & MD at FUTURE: PropTech. FUTURE: PropTech is the world’s number one PropTech Event. They are well established as the leading & most well attended global event dedicated to the technology innovation & digital transformation occurring in the wider Real Estate sector.
Since their launch in 2015, FUTURE: PropTech have expanded to 3 countries and have grown their database, community & attendee's to over 10,000 real estate professionals. They work with hundreds of start-ups and technology companies to connect them with established real estate companies such as asset managers, institutional investors, private equity, owners, operators, property developers, brokers, estate agents, landlords, professional services (legal, accounting, advisory), facility managers, architects, VC's, PR, media and more.
LMRE website
CREtech -
FUTURE: PropTech -
Re-imaging Real Estate Global Summit register here:
Brella app -
Value Bombs and Tweetables:
- “In the meantime, digital does offer some great alternatives for the rest of 2020. Making sure that we still keep people engaged, we still bring great content to our audience. And we still continue to focus on our vision and our mission, which is to just help the industry adapt to changing times and improve and come out bigger, better and stronger” - Gary, FUTURE: PropTech
- “Moving into the pandemic now, what's really happened is one of the impacts has been on the real estate industry, that they have to drive innovation with a greater sense of urgency” – Michael, CREtech
- “We’re seeing now more landlords, more brokerages, more asset managers come into the fold than ever before” Michael, CREtech
- “When you're constantly pitching to businesses… they never give you a full “no” when you're selling a product but now people are saying “you know what, yeah let’s take this pilot into something more serious” Louisa
- “We had great content, we had great exhibitors, and then you had an ability for people just to meet and connect… so I think it was all of that which is making sure the audience was the right audience, based on what people wanted to get out of the conference” – Michael, CREtech
- “ We've kind of gone through the cycle of technology and innovation being viewed as like a ticking box or like a nice to have thing on the side. The whole world is changing and has to change very fast now, we all know technology is going to be a part of our lives, It's quite indispensable” – Gary, FUTURE: PropTech
- “All the cities and the communities we live in, they need to be better connected and serve people and be more human centric than ever before. So that's what reimagining real estate looks like to us” – Michael, CREtech
- “There’s a point about not calling it just “PropTech”, to build environment and innovation… It's about reimagining the world of real estate in the future, and there's so many components to it. It's not just about the technology, it's not just about the deep tech that's behind it” – Louisa
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