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The Propcast

Jan 14, 2021

Summary: In this episode the Propcast talks to Dan Drogman from Smart Spaces, and James Pellatt from Great Portland Estate about making workspaces smarter.
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 Guests
Dan Drogman 
Dan is a software development entrepreneur who first entered the market in 2004. He is a founding partner, owner and Managing Director at D2 Interactive, a London based PropTech, Software Development Consultancy ‘where design meets technology’ set up in 2010 and now employing 37+ .Net, C# software developers and UX/UI designers working across the office, retail, residential and industrial markets. D2i Provide specialist consulting services in IoT, API Development & Integration. Notable enterprise-level projects include reservation software for Marriott; the Peer-to-Peer foreign currency exchange platform and their smart building platform Smart Spaces and loyalty programme Smart Rewards. He is a successful investor and sits on the Board as Non-Executive Director.
James Pellatt
James is Director of Workplace and Innovation at Great Portland Estates. He is passionate about making the most of available technology to make workplaces more healthy, productive and open for innovation. James is a board member for British Council for Offices, member of Research and Mentoring committees. His specialties are PropTech, disruption, innovation, workspace, development management, site acquisition and disposition, appraisals, project and construction management, planning, community, and sustainability.
Resources mentioned
LMRE website
UKPA website
Great Portland Estates 
Smart Spaces
Key Insights in this Episode
  • People need spaces that welcome them and they're excited to be in – James Pellatt
  • I think what makes the space smart is using technology to make life easier. So the smart piece is the technology working in the background to provide services to you, which are more accessible – Dan Drogman
  • We're trying to make schemes that fulfill our occupiers needs, and help users thrive by enhancing the everyday experience. And so we're trying to take away the pain points every day from that journey – James Pellatt
  • You start to create those cause and effect relationships where the building and the office within the building are working harmoniously – Dan Drogman
  • I think success to us is a satisfied occupier. That's ultimately why we're doing this – James Pellatt
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