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The Propcast

Sep 17, 2020

The Propcast
Season 2, Episode 3
Title: The Importance of Real Estate Data with L.D. Salmanson and Thomas Walle
Summary: In this episode we talk to L.D. Salmanson from Cherre, and Thomas Walle from Unacast about the importance of real estate data.
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 Guests
L.D. Salmanson
L.D. has extensive experience founding, advising and investing and leading private technology companies. L.D’s latest venture is Cherre, which is the leader in real estate data and insight. Cherre connects decision makers to accurate property and market information, and helps them make faster, smarter decisions. By providing a unique single source of truth, Cherre empowers customers to evaluate opportunities and trends faster and more accurately, by saving millions of dollars in manual data collection and analytics costs. Prior to founding Cherre, L.D. served as an executive director of Oppenheimer’s private shares group, and after Openheimmer acquired GreenCrest Capital, a firm he co-founded to enable pre IPO transactions and some of the largest private technology companies in the world, including Facebook, Twitter and Uber. Prior to that, L.D. served as the principal of Knight Capital's group private equity fund and previously as a captain in the Israeli army, which I'd love to hear a little bit more about as well later on in the show. L.D. holds an MBA in finance and is a Joseph Wharton Merit Scholar. He also holds a BA, LLB and LLM in finance and international law.
Thomas Walle 
Thomas is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unacast, the leading human mobility data company who empower companies globally to make smarter decisions and build better products by understanding how people move around on our planet. Unacast serves data-hungry clients in multiple verticals such as retail, martech, research, real estate, and city planning. Unacast has been awarded multiple awards for its tech platform, products, and it’s Nordic-based culture. Prior to Unacast, he was a part of the early team at the music streaming service TIDAL, which was acquired by Jay Z in 2014, where he led business development and partnerships globally.Thomas shares his opinion on tech and startups regularly as a member of Forbes Technology Council and has been profiled by Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, The New York Times and Wired. He is also an LP in Nordic Web, a seed-stage fund investing in the growing Nordic Startup scene.
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Insights from this Episode
- What we’ve seen over last few years is the emergence of a lot of really interesting data sets that just didn't exist a few years ago or weren't packaged in a way that was usable… Firms are more and more looking to combine those datasets to have something that's a lot more meaningful for whatever end use cases they have today – L.D.
- In order to cater to the real estate vertical, the data needs to be as you started with, it needs to be clean, it needs to be easily accessible - Thomas
- Data is being put front and centre where it should be. It means that people are able to make a lot more informed decisions – L.D. 
- In a case like COVID, where the mobility patterns of people that changed overnight, it has an extremely powerful data set to help them understand what's happening in their neighbourhood, in their city, and help them make better decisions – Thomas
- Our focus is on understanding how people move around on the planet, mobility data, that's where we are experts - Thomas
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