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Getting to know… Proptech Influencers

Getting to know… Proptech Influencers

The tech team had an eventful few days at MIPIM last week, meeting some incredible innovators in the sector. Yet one question we were asked by everyone was “how can we engage with influencers?”.

With the boom of social media, every industry has developed influencers, and proptech is no exception. We’ve picked some of our favourite influencers who are shedding light on the top trends in the industry and have become our go-to twitter feeds for all things #proptech:

James Dearsley – 7,041 Twitter Followers

Having started out at Foxtons, James’ love of proptech has developed over the last 15 years and he’s quickly become known as the original proptech blogger. Running his regular Sunday PropTech Review, James offers insight on the breaking news of the week and interviews the leaders of the industry on his PropTech Consult Podcast, which he hosts alongside Eddie Holmes, the next contender on our list.

Eddie Holmes – 1,673 Twitter Followers  

The founder and chairman of the UK Proptech Association (UKPA), Eddie has played a huge role in developing proptech in the UK. Alongside establishing the UKPA, which supports companies developing in the sphere, he has provided companies with advice and support through PropTech Consult and specialist recruitment firm, Hyre. From investment to hiring the right person, Eddie has been key to helping some of the biggest companies in the UK develop and grow.

Dan Hughes – 10.3K Twitter Followers

As the proptech lead at RICS, Dan has unparalleled insight on the future of property technology, which he shares on his own twitter feed and in the RICS news updates. Most of his day is spent addressing the impact of data and technology, so if you’re looking for trends in the built environment, he should be your first port of call.

Henry Pryor – 25K Twitter Followers

LSL Property Commentator of the Year, Henry has become synonymous with going against the trends, being one of the first to suggest we had witnessed the top of the housing market back in 2007. Since then, he has gone on to become the media’s go-to expert on property, using his experiences at Savills and The London Office to comment on the market and provide analysis of the breaking news.

Ishaan Malhi – 9,762 Twitter Followers

The founder of Trussle, the online mortgage broker who have created a hassle-free way to get a mortgage online, Ishaan experienced first-hand the struggles that came with getting a mortgage. Having tackled this issue by creating Trussle, he continues to shed light on issues within the property industry and is not afraid to share his views on Twitter.

Christian Faes – 8,973 Twitter Followers

A leader in the property finance arena, Christian set up LendInvest with partner Ian Thomas to streamline the process of getting finance to buy, build or renovate property. As someone who is passionate about supporting start-ups, he set up The PropTech Meet-Up to allow start-up founders to share their story and exchange knowledge on the industry and has been an early investor in the likes of Seedrs, Plentific and The Memo.

If you like our list, or would like to discuss the best way of engaging with these leading figures in the industry, Send us an email or tweet us at @pha_technology.

Spotlight on… MIPIM

The days of the trusted estate agents have gone, with robo-advisors, online platforms and big data taking over the property market. This year, to celebrate all of the recent innovation within the property sector, we wanted to shed some light on the leaders in the field who will be attending MIPIM this week.

From real estate professionals to tech experts, this year’s conference will showcase all the exciting innovations that are set to take place over the next 12 months.

We’ve picked out our top 6 companies who we believe are the ones to watch out for at MIPIM this year.

If you like the sound of our choices and want to talk about taking your PR outreach to the next level, drop us a line by commenting below or sending us an email. We’ll be heading to MIPIM and would love to meet you!

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Tackling the tenant/landlord relationship from behind the scenes, Engage are the latest company looking to streamline the rental experience through their cutting edge self-service communications, payments and lifestyle portal. Designed for housing associations, landlords and even letting agencies, the platform can perform a range of services, including guiding tenants through their pre-tenancy agreements and providing tenants with information about their new neighbourhood.


Access to data is key to fully understand the property market and Datscha have recognised this creating a system that collects, aggregates and then presents public and proprietary real estate information, saving professionals hours spent on research. Originally founded in Sweden, the company launched in the UK last year, having previously worked with the UK land registry.

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Tackling some of the toughest challenges faced by corporations, Honeywell creates and maintains technology which addresses the global macro trends, including energy efficiency, safety and security and building automation. Utilising the powers of connectivity, Honeywell works with corporations to improve how buildings operate and the experiences they offer to occupants.


With the rise of connected homes, comes the rise of smart buildings and the need for advance management systems. This is where OpenSensors comes in, aggregating data from a variety of sensors to help businesses make the most of their workspace, recognising that space is your most valuable asset.  The company, which refers to itself as the largest IoT open data community in the world, works closely with hardware partners to deploy, maintain and monitor sensors which can provide a wealth of information on the space.

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With 80 percent of global internet traffic set to be driven by video content by 2019, Showhouz have recognised the need for professional videos to help boost house sales. The company, which creates and shares quality video tours, recognised the best way to increase enquiries and sales is through efficient marketing content.

IP Exchange

Recognising the struggles that operators face when looking after flexible workspaces, IP Exchange have created a business centre model which looks after your internet, IT, telephone and communications requirements, so you can sit back and know that the technology is being looked after.