On this week's Tech Talk Radio Emily Wright is joined by guest co-host EG publisher Damian Wild to talk all things offices in a sparser than usual space as the studio prepares to go on the road. 

Then Smart Spaces CEO Dan Drogman makes his TTR debut as he joins the podcast to talk about the growth of the IoT platform and what it means for office space in and around London and beyond. 

Tune in to find out about his future plans as well as why he recently drove from one side of London to the other with a robot in the boot of his car. 

In this week's episode of Tech Talk Radio, reporter Lucy Alderson heads up north to talk to WiredScore Home director Henry Pethybridge and WiredScore director of business development Tom McClellan about the company's launch in Leeds. 

The pair talk about why WiredScore has landed in Leeds, and reveal that the digital connectivity rating company has also launched in Australia too. 

What better way to celebrate WiredScore's sixth anniversary this week than with a Tech Talk Radio episode! 

It's Lucy Alderson's first attempt to take the podcasting reins in this week's Tech Talk Radio, but as sod's law has it, she's come down with the lurg. So co-host Emily Wright offers a helping hand in introducing this week's guest, Search Acumen managing director Andrew Lloyd.

Lloyd talks about how being a perfectionist has helped shape his career, the challenges of collecting data from both the public and private sectors, and things take a futuristic turn while discussing what the future of data collection could look like.

The discussion turns to the ethics of data collection, and what information real estate should, or shouldn't be, gathering.

On this week's Tech Talk Radio, co-hosts Emily Wright and Samantha McClary are joined by Great Portland Estate's director of workplace and innovation James Pellatt and Laura Mack-Titelius, urban innovation manager for Bosch.

From the new building app which launched in Bosch's London Connectory at GPE's 160 Old Street last week to taking the pain out of commuting, the duo talked all things seamless connectivity. 

Tune in to hear more about how collaboration between developer and occupier can be harnessed in the pursuit of better buildings and how a traditional real estate company is evolving to not only create spaces of the future, but to consider how these spaces will fit into a wider, smarter world. 

On this week's Tech Talk Radio podcast co-hosts Emily Wright and Sam McClary are finally reunited and another duo joins the episode as we catch up with JLL Spark co-CEOs Mihir Shah and Yishai Lerner. 

This is the pair's second turn on Tech Talk Radio after first appearing on the podcast 18 months ago to talk about the launch of JLL's tech and innovation investment arm. Now, nearly two years on and following the launch of a $100m global venture fund. JLL Spark has made a number of significant investments in companies including Hubble and Orbital Witness. 

On this episode two Silicon Valley veterans, who were early investors in Uber, reveal their tech friends doubted they would last the course in real estate and discuss how they plan to deploy their next tranche of capital. 

It's that time of year. As we say goodbye to summer the inevitable back to school feeling creeps in. 

 

But there is nothing like a fresh start and we have decided to mark September with a special episode of Tech Talk Radio. After something of a summer hiatus we are back this week with a podcast where we have not one, not two, but three guests. 

 

First up Samantha McClary interviews Goldacre's investment MD Fionnuala Hogan about tech, innovation and how she felt when she scooped the coveted Bridging the Gap gong at the EG Awards in July. Then Emily Wright sits down with UKPA managing director Sammy Pahal after a chance meeting on the Northern line to talk about the association's new launch and all things collaboration. And finally EG tech reporter Lucy Alderson meets JLL's digital innovation lead Anindya Biswas to find out more about the company's facilities management tool. 

 

Triple trouble this week from us here at EG - enjoy. 

 

When founder and chief executive of Netherlands-based Edge Technologies and OVG Real Estate heard a speech by Al Gore some 20 years ago, he was inspired to implement change.

He decided to transform his “Trump-like” real estate business into something Gore would be proud of and embarked on an epic change management mission – starting with taking everyone’s BMWs away.

Now his company has become synonymous with some of the smartest, most sustainable buildings in the world, including The Edge and Edge Olympic, both in Amsterdam.

Last month it was announced that Edge Technologies was making its London debut with a £50m acquisition of 60 St Thomas Street on the South Bank.

On this week’s Tech Talk Radio, Emily Wright travels to Amsterdam to meet with van Oostrom and find out more about his plans for London, sustainable development and how to instil change in a traditional sector.

And back in the EG studio Samantha McClary,  finds out about in office air quality and the impact it has not just on our quality of work but on the value of our buildings. Chairman of cleantech firm 720 Degrees Tomas Novotny and tech investor Dominic Wilson explain.

Micheal Phillips is President of Jamestown LP, a 35-year-old investment manager based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He spoke to EG at Mipim Proptech in Paris about how he has pivoted to grow the business by focussing on investing in spaces that can be turned into innovation hubs.
 
Some of the firm’s most iconic projects include Chelsea Market in New York which was sold to Google last year as part of a $5bn package, Industry City in Boston and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. 
 
Now Jamestown is also turning its attention to European markets including Germany and Amsterdam. 
 
Phillips spoke to EG about the strategy he put in place to steer a traditional, 35-year real estate investment business into the world of the innovation economy and reveals why Jamestown is exploring the launch or its own fund to run as a pilot in the US.
MIPIM Proptech Paris: It's every tech firm’s dream. You build up the business, you embed yourself in the market and then one of the biggest real estate asset managers in the world not only wants to acquire you, but does so for over $1bn. 
 
This is what happened to alternative investment management software provider eFront in May when BlackRock paid $1.3bn to acquire the Paris-based firm. EG spoke to eFront’s senior product manager Davide Manstretta at MIPIM Proptech in Paris to find out what’s next in the wake of the acquisition, to learn more about the development and the future of the technology behind eFront and to find out what BlackRock’s purchase could mean for the wider real estate sector. 

The tech buzz in real estate has “far from died down,” according to CBRE’s global chief digital and technology officer. If anything, things are kicking up a notch as property companies the world over start to focus their attentions on delivering tech solutions rather than just talk about them.

This is just one of the points covered by Chandra Dhandapani in this week’s Tech Talk Radio with Emily Wright and Sam McClary as she also addresses the reason behind the influx of major tech players from Silicon Valley and beyond into the real estate sector and talks about the growing power of data.

Now three years into her role at CBRE, Dallas-based Dhandapani also reveals her thoughts on the perceived gap between digital transformation in companies and sectors in the UK compared to the US and explains why she firmly believes that now has never been a more exciting time for property.

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