How easily could your mobile phone be hacked? What risks are real estate companies facing in an increasingly digital era? How can you protect yourself? EG spoke to Chris Woods, director of CyberQ Group, and Vishvas Nayi, cybersecurity consultant for CyberQ Group at this year’s RICS commercial property conference to find out more.

From the rise in cyber attacks to companies’ biggest cyber security fears, listen for more.

 

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On this week's Tech Talk Radio, Emily Wright and Sam McClary meet the founders of PropCoin as they navigate the ups and downs of cryptocurrency in real estate. 

Peter Bird and Tom Cartlidge, both formerly of JLL, talk about leaving their respective corporate jobs to focus their attentions on the start-up world as PropCoin celebrates its first birthday this month. 

PiLabs backed with support from Gerald Eve, Bird and Cartlidge talk about how the company works, how it has fared over the last 12 months and reveal how PropCoin gives investors the opportunity to have "passive exposure to cryptocurrencies, whilst benefiting from the stability of an asset-backed security."

 

 

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The former CTO of New York City is paving the way for Mastercard to become a global leader in the development of future cities. 

Miguel Gamino, who is also the former CIO of San Francisco joined Mastercard in May to take on the newly created role of Head of Global Cities. He is now running the company's City Possible network which aims to bring together CIOs and city leaders to create more connected and inclusive urban environments around the world. 

 

Sixteen cities are becoming founding members of the global City Possible network including Athens, Baltimore, Dubai, Dublin, Helsinki, Honolulu, Kansas City, Melbourne, Prague, and San Diego. 

For more on what Mastercard has planned to pull these cities together and to recruit more to the programme plus how Gamino's previous roles have set him up to take up this new position, listen to Emily Wright and Sam McClary's interview with him on this edition of Tech Talk Radio.  

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If passenger drones are the future of travel, where will they land? Where will they take off from? Or travel to? All questions that Skyport Drones' founder Duncan Walker hopes to answer as he plans to build a network of "vertiports" on London's rooftops. 

With 15 rooftop's already secured for ports, which Walker hopes will eventually be used to dock drones carrying people around the city, he reveals the the complex planning required to ensure the infrastructure for this method of future travel is in place. 

In this episode of Tech Talk Radio, Emily Wright talks to Walker about everything from the safety of drone travel to how we protect our skies from a future of increased air travel and we welcome a special guest in Sam McClary's absence as EG editor Damian Wild takes to the studio for his second Tech Talk turn. 

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On this week's episode of Tech Talk Radio Emily Wright and Sam McClary speak to Robbert Heekelaar, Prologis's VP of architecture and emerging technologies about the logistics giant's foray into real and virtual lab space.

Prologis Labs officially launched earlier this month with a 1300 sq m physical space in San Leandro just outside San Francisco and a virtual lab in Amsterdam. 

"There is now a department within Prologis responsible for these physical and virtual labs," said Heekelaar. "We are using them to do experiments with or without tenants and the physical space gives us so much freedom as a test environment.

"It will be 1300 sq m for the first year and will extend if it is a success...We are going to establish a lot of different experiments with some of our vendors and it is so great we finally have an environment where we can truly put vendor solutions to the test to see whether they work or not.

"The virtual lab is necessary because some of our experiments can't be done in a warehouse - things like Blockchain where we don't need a physical space. It is the same for BIM or creating a digital twin of the warehouse. These tests don't need a physical environment so we put them in our virtual lab space. But the two are totally aligned and driven by the same team."

Heekelaar adds that if the US physical space is a success the next step could be to build one in Europe where he sees "more ideas coming than from Silicon Valley."

 

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In yet another bonus episode of TechTalk Radio, Emily Wright joins her co-host Samantha McClary in the EG studio via the medium of Skype to talk all things NYC Real Estate Tech Week. 

Reunited they talk about the benefit of there being more men (and women) in suits at the event, its inspirational speakers, the lessons learnt, Honey bears, Twitter debates and of course the US mid-terms.

More interviews from NYC Real Estate Tech Week are available on both the TechTalk Radio channel and our EG Property Podcast channel.

 

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Tech NYC’s Julie Samuels on why the next swath of tech giants will have a rough ride and how New York is best placed to produce the grittiest start-ups of the future.

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Mipim Proptech New York: District Technologies is set to open a New York office and it looking to hire a local team, founder Vanessa Butz told EG at Mipim New York.
 
In a year when the company signed a massive 200 million square ft, Butz said that the time had come to secure a presence in the States. 
 
“I think the place has to be New York,” she said. “If we were looking to cater for consumer tech then maybe the west coast would be the better choice. But for B2B, this is the right market.” 
 
For more on District’s state side growth strategy, listen to the podcast with Butz here. 
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MIPIM Proptech New York: Hiring a strong team remains difficult in proptech start-up founder Jonathan Wasserstrum said at Mipim Proptech in New York today. 
 
Speaking to EG at the event the CEO and Co-founder of SquareFoot, an online office brokerage platform, said that finding the right people to create a leading proptech company was still a hurdle. 
 
A former JLL broker himself, Wasserstrum said that while there were plenty of people with real estate backgrounds available to hire, finding tech experts remains a challenge. 
 
For more on how he is overcoming this issue and how he has grown the platform with plans to expand into new sectors, listen to the podcast here. 
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Mipim Proptech New York: The real estate sector is starting to adopt as well as accept technology, KPMG’s Nick Wright said at NYC RE Tech Week.

Speaking just over a year on following a podcast in New York (over the same novelty coffee), Wright said he was encouraged and reassured by the progress that has been made since last year’s event.

A more CEO-heavy delegate list and a focus on investment has elevated this year’s event to new heights.

For more, listen to the full podcast here.  

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