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The Propcast

Jan 19, 2021

Summary: In this episode the Propcast talks to Scott Sidman of Building Engines about innovating building operations and how to reduce cost through technology.
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 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 Our Guest
Scott Sidman 
Scott serves as Executive Vice President, Business & Corporate Development, driving strategic growth through partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and their successful integration. He collaborates with all departments and customers on opportunities for market expansion while enhancing product value. Scott’s led sales, marketing and strategy in his career at Building Engines and writes and speaks regularly about the promise and future of technology for CRE. Scott began his career in the hospitality industry, learning about world-class customer service in management roles at Four Seasons and Intercontinental hotels. He then embarked on a diverse entrepreneurial path that included co-founding a real estate services firm, and a trade consulting business in Brazil. His start in technology was leading business development for Cedona Technologies, a company providing early hosted document and media archiving tools for consumer brands and distributors. Scott earned his B.S. from Cornell University.
Resources mentioned
LMRE website
UKPA website
Building Engines website 
Insights From This Episode
  • I'd say it's not the product, it's actually the mindset of the customers that leads to adoption Scott Sidman 
  • There wasn't accountability, revenue wasn't tracked appropriately, and certainly no data, to inform business decisions. So those are the things we set out trying to improve – Scott Sidman
  • It is aligning people and skill sets with where you're at as a company, and where you need to get to next – Scott Sidman
  • Change management is a key component of adoption – Scott Sidman
  • Ease of use has always been an important thing for us, but more than ever customers are asking how quickly can I get up and running? How fast can I get our people using this without a tremendous amount of training and hand holding? So we wanted to make that even better than ever – Scott Sidman
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