We started day 3 slightly later after a stereotypical Brits Abroad night at Fleur with the Coyote and Infabode teams. I wore my lucky moon suit which is a great conversation starter and makes me easy to spot.
This day of the conference was less busy but still a great day to solidify our relationships with our new friends at Cherre, Smart Pixel and Built Ventures. We then headed up to a co-living networking drinks with Jonathan Mills. Co living is a growing vertical of that we are developing under our LMRE Living Brand back in London.
Co living is a concept I am slowly getting my head around and people view it differently. Open Door defines it as a modern form of housing where residents share living space and a set of interests, values, and/or intentions. It's a new take on an old idea, imagined by a millennial generation that values things like openness and collaboration, social networking, and the sharing economy.
Its far more advanced out here, with a stronger take up but we can see increasing amount of investment in this space as it spreads across Europe with Quarters/Medici Living and Common leading the way.
We then headed off to the Standard Hotel and met Chloe Willis, Chief Technology Officer at SI ONE/ Co-Chair Women in PropTech UK for a few cocktails along with some of the other London PropTech crew before calling it a night in prep for Thursdays day of meetings.
Thursday morning, we met an old friend Sam Lawson from the VC Circle as we picked his brains about the NYC VC space and then headed off to see the one and only Michael Beckerman for lunch. It was such a treat and wonderful to finally meet the man himself.
Michael Beckerman is a leader in the commercial real estate tech sector and CEO of CRETech, the largest event, data and content platform in the commercial real estate tech sector.
Worth checking out his website and attending some of the events he speaks at! Michael’s blog page: www.cretech.com/michael-beckerman/
Then I headed off to catch up with Andrew Ackerman at Dreamit Ventures where I bumped into Gaia again there. Dreamit's UrbanTech Accelerator, sees over 2000 start-ups each year and selecting fewer than 15 to work with and ultimately invest in.
Despite being extremely busy, it has not gone unnoticed the time people take to meet and speak to us about the market and all the advice is extremely appreciated. Any introductions and favours we can do back in Europe on salary benchmarking or general questions please get in touch whenever.
Now an early night for me before Steve Nsons from AnySizeDeals first ever PropTech Career Fair at the Williamsburg Hotel.