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The Propcast

Nov 24, 2020

Summary: In this episode The Propcast speaks to Demetrios Barnes from SmartRent, and Tyler Christiansen from Funnel about how technology is revolutionising renting.
The Propcast by Louisa Dickins, Co-Founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruiter brought to you in partnership with UK PropTech Association, The UK PropTech Association is a membership organisation to drive the digital transformation of the property industry. This show will focus on connecting the Proptechs, real estate funds and VC’s globally…and get everyone talking about innovation of the build to rent environment.
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 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
Demetrios Barnes
Demetrios is the co-founder and chief operating officer of SmartRent, where he leads his support Field Operations and Account Services teams. Prior to co-founding SmartRent, he was vice president of technology for Colony Starwood homes. Previously, Demetrios is director of property management and technology with visa pre owned rental homes, and a regional manager for several multifamily companies. Demetrios holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Arizona State University. SmartRent empowers property owners, operators and home builders to effectively manage, protect and automate daily on-site operational processes for IoT devices and from one enterprise level platform. 
Tyler Christiansen Funnel/ 
Tyler is Funnels newest CEO driving the company towards continued growth leads to revenue organization, including sales, marketing and client experience. He brings over a decade of multifamily experience to Funnel including six years of multi multifamily software sales. Prior to joining Funnel, Tyler was at Entrata, where he was responsible for running the national sales organisation. Tyler has a proven track record of success both out and try to and most and his past position as director of multifamily sales at the Rainmaker Group, a revenue management and profit optimization software company. Funnel is the industry leading marketing and leasing platform for multifamily owners and managers.
Resources mentioned
LMRE website
UKPA website
 SmartRent www.
Insights from this Episode
- You've got to make sure you integrate so tightly to that property management software. And I think continuously growing and evolving that will always just open the door as we bring in more hardware into our scope – Demetrios Barnes
- As we've seen other verticals, beginning to focus on the consumer, the customer, and realising that that focus will lead to better returns – Tyler Christiansen
- When I think of any consumer today and any vertical for any type of product, what really what sticks out to me is being able to move quickly, being able to have options, and be able to able to move on your own time – Demetrios Barnes
- I think allowing the shift to focus more towards the customer, that renter experience, and then bringing in the smart hardware into the properties has opened up just a world of possibilities – Tyler Christiansen
- We're now leveraging that technology to provide such a seamless touch free experience, just around that community or that neighborhood – Demetrios Barnes
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