Sep 15, 2020
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
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 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
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 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 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.
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
- Having centralised data that is globally
accessible, has never been more important – Mike
- 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
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