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The Propcast

Sep 15, 2020

The Propcast
Season 2, Episode 2
Title: Deals and Investments within PropTech with Mike Sroka and John Fitzpatrick
Summary: In this episode we talk to Mike Sroka of Dealpath and John Fitzpatrick of Blackstone about deals and investments within PropTech.
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 built 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 Guest
Mike Sroka
Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dealpath, the real estate industry’s leading cloud-based deal management platform. Previously, he's spent over a decade growing venture-backed software companies including Fanhood, Zynga and OneSeason. Mike started his career at Hudson Advisors, managing agent for the Lone Star Funds, and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in Economics with Finance Applications.  
John Fitzpatrick
John Fitzpatrick is a Managing Director and Global Chief Technology Officer of Blackstone Real Estate within the Technology and Innovations group. He is responsible for all aspects of technology across Blackstone Real Estate and our portfolio companies and also oversees the Blackstone Innovations investment program, which seeks to unlock value for LPs and the firm by taking stakes in targeted, early stage, technology-based investment opportunities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fitzpatrick oversaw various initiatives across the entire Technology and Innovations group. Before joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked at Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s, for seven years where he was most recently the Head of Product. He received a BS in Finance from St. John’s University and currently serves on the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Leadership Council.
LMRE website   
Dealpath website 
Blackstone website 
Insights from this Episode
  • I always think of us as kind of like pipeline through portfolio management, and really managing that lifecycle of an asset – Mike Sroka
  • Investing is a game of connecting the dots and whoever can connect the dots and tell the best picture and have an information advantage typically wins – John Fitzpatrick
  • Having centralised data that is globally accessible, has never been more important – Mike Sroka
  • Two pieces of advice: one is to really have a wholesome vision for your overall technical - Mike ecosystem… and then two, the (PropTechs) that are quite successful are truly solving a business problem, and doing it in a technical way that will allow them to scale for the future – John Fitzpatrick
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