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The Propcast

Apr 21, 2021

Summary: In this episode the Propcast talks to Mete Varas from ME PropTech and Helen Chen from Nomad home about exploring new territories and PropTech launching in the EMEA.
The Propcast by Louisa Dickins, Co-Founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruiter, is brought to you in partnership with CREtech and ReimTech. 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 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.
About Guests
Helen Chen
Helen Chen is the CEO and Co-founder of Nomad Homes. Nomad is a managed marketplace for users to search, transact, and finance residential real estate under one roof across Europe and the Middle East. Prior to founding Nomad, Helen was an investor and worked at Goldman Sachs, China Investment Corporation (CIC), and Blackstone Private Equity. While pursuing her MBA at Stanford, the heart of Silicon Valley, Helen developed a passion for PropTech. Against all odds, Helen left her MBA to start Nomad. A strong believer in supporting women both in tech and in the boardroom, Helen is a champion for hiring female talent at Nomad and encouraging a balanced workforce. Helen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was selected to Forbes 30 Under 30, Finance.
Mete Varas
Mete Varas is the founder of Middle East PropTech initiative, ME PropTech, which is based in Dubai. He has also founded EurAsia PropTech initiative which is based in Istanbul, the mission is to create the ecosystem, foster innovation, and share knowledge among all stakeholders in the region. Mete is one of the thought leaders and influencers and predominantly his focus is on the EMEA. Now he is a prominent entrepreneur in technology businesses, involved in numerous ventures as a founder, advisor and MED. He is a speaker at various conferences and holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial Relations and Economics from Gazi University and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Resources Referenced
LMRE website
UKPA website
Nomad Homes 
ME PropTech Initiative 
Insights From This Episode
- If you're going to build a company, you should pick a market and a region that is large and where the customers are really asking for a better solution to what they're in today Helen Chen
- (Dubai) is visionary, someday we'll call it a futuristic city. And there are lots of programs, it's really investment friendly Mete Varas
- The city and the country is incredibly progressive and that I have been welcomed by open arms into the ecosystem, both on the real estate side as well as the tech side Helen Chen on Dubai
- We always say that FinTech and PropTech are twins Mete Varas
- I think there will be a convergence of PropTech and FinTech, because buying and renting is ultimately a financial decision. I believe we'll see eventually these two sectors will converge into one Helen Chen
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