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Take it away: Best conference quotes of 2018

The proptech industry is growing exponentially, Chris Stephenson of Concrete VC highlighted this at our Trend Talk in London: “Fintech came earlier but proptech has steeper trajectory, taking two years to go from $2bn to $13bn Venture Capital investment – it took fintech 4 years.’

Alongside this, we’ve seen the amount of people attending events go up with more panels and insightful content than ever before. Here’s a list of our top 10 quotes from our own events and those we’ve attended.

1. “Anybody who says blockchain has no value will be wiped out,” Aaron Block, MetaProp NYC, in an interview with PlaceTech’s Paul Unger at MIPIM PropTech Europe


2. “The future of office buildings will be in hospitality,” Juliette Morgan, head of campus at British Land, at MIPIM UK

Juliette Morgan Panel Mipim Uk

From left: Matt Yeoman, director at Buckley Grey Yeoman; Juliette Morgan, head of campus at British Land; Jacob Loftus, ceo of General Prospects; and Nicky Wightman, director of global occupier trends at Savills

3. “I have never seen an industry where everything is so separate, and people don’t talk to each other. It’s time to start talking about what we’re actually doing,” Darryll Colthrust, director of innovation at Palmer Capital, at PlaceTech Trend Talk London

Darryll Colthrust

4. “If you’re a property company not engaging with tech, you’re not going to survive,” Chris Stephenson, venture partner at specialist proptech fund Concrete VC, at PlaceTech Trend Talk London

Chris Stephenson Concrete At PTTL

5. “Experiences at work are more important than salary for many millennials…and there’s a new breed of landlord emerging, one that’s providing a much broader value proposition than just rent,” Adam Malik, head of business development at Equiem, at PlaceTech Trend Talk London

Adam Malik At PTTL

6. “Society is already in the iPhone age, the built environment is in the Walkman phase,” Roger Tan, managing director of arch-tech company UNSense, at PlaceTech Trend Talk Amsterdam

Roger Tan, UNSense

7. “Evolve or die. That’s the temperament at our company. There isn’t a way to protect from disruption – that’s the point,” Chris Marlin, president of Lennar International, at MIPIM PropTech New York

Chris Marlin Lennar International

From left: Chris Marlin from Lennar International, Scott Rechler of RXR, Ric Clark of Brookfield Property, and Chantal Clavier of Heidrick & Struggles

8. “We need to humanise the workplace or people will feel alienated,” Ann Clarke, joint managing director of Claremont Group Interiors, at DAC Beachcroft’s Future of the Workplace in partnership with Place North West

Ann Clark Workplace

9. “Retail used to be about location, location, location. It’s now about data, data, data,” Jeremy Hinds, head of retail planning at Savills, at Place North West’s Future of Retail

Jeremy On Panel At Future Of Retail

From left: Clive Hall, PlaceDashboard, Matthew Thompson, Colliers International, Seamus Lennon, IBI Group, Jeremy Hinds, Savills

10. “AI will make technology become a frictionless element of life that we will no longer notice like water and electricity,” Rand Hindi, CEO of AI company Snips, at MIPIM PropTech Europe

Rand Hindi Mipim Proptech Europe

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