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New Year, New ChallengeFabriq team members pushed themselves out of their respective comfort zones. Forget Veganuary! Team Fabriq challenged itself to complete a minimum of 7,500 steps by the end of the month. Quite fitting really, with the 2020 Olympics scheduled for later in the year."And why, why would team Fabriq plunge itself into this challenge?" I hear you ask. Well, as a famous celebrity once said "because we want to" but also the challenge served the purpose of emphasising general health and well-being and simply enjoying the outdoors more, in 2020. Oh, if you recognise the last quote, then you are wise beyond your years.
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It has been quite an eventful start to the year/decade for us at Fabriq to say the least, with our fearless founder Benjamin Kott passing on the CEO baton, leaving behind an incredible legacy of a leading edge product and a laudable culture.As many of you are already aware, while Ben is moving on...he's NOT moving out! He continues to be involved in providing direction for the company on business governance and strategy as a non-exec to Fabriq’s Board of Directors. With that said, while we miss having him around during our weekly team lunches (he did promise he would stop by whenever he could for his favourite fish and chips!), he will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping how Fabriq evolves as a purpose-driven company.
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First working week of the year and my LinkedIn feed is filled with articles on 2020 trends and resolutions. They all make for a great read – special mention to Nikki Greenberg's, Paul McCorquodale's and Will Darbyshire's ones which gave me the inspiration to write this piece.While the industry acknowledge the urgency of tackling climate change and the role PropTech has in addressing it, the greatest impact we can collectively have is when mass adoption of sustainability technology happens in the property sector.
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Last Tuesday (the 26th of Nov 2019), I was invited to be part of the panel on ‘Leveraging ProptTech to get to Net Zero’ at the first Women In PropTech (WiPT) London event alongside fearless leaders in the space Sally Jones, Julie Hogarth, Alison Webb and beautifully moderated by Sarah Ratcliff.
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Spacemaps is a new module in Fabriq OS, which helps to visualise data and insights of real estate assets in new and intuitive ways for a wide range of users.
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You would be forgiven for expecting this to be a post from the CEO / founder of the business in which s/he shares insights about the challenging journey of building a business and how it, almost never, resembled what they expected… (here's what Ben had to say about it last year). Or possibly a blog about how no amount of MBA entrepreneurship courses one might take, how many books or blogs one might read, how many founder entrepreneurs one might know closely, invariably, the reality always turns out differently to the imaginary.
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The hotly anticipated GRESB results are here! I almost feel like I should have organised a fanfare, that's how important these results have become for many stakeholders in the real estate space.
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Ok, let’s start by dealing with the elephant in the room – at Fabriq, we do not have a diversity and inclusion policy. Oups, politically incorrect? Maybe, but we stand by it.
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As I start writing this, I cannot escape Sting's song 'I'm an Englishman in New York'. Less than 3 months in, I am starting to notice patterns in PropTech which I have experienced in my previous MarTech (marketing tech) and FinTech (finance tech) lives.
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No doubt July was a tumultuous month - from electing a new UK Prime Minister to hitting the highest ever recorded temperature in the UK (not that these two are related in any way). Going beyond events affecting our nation, undoubtedly the most important celebration this month is celebrating the 50th anniversary of arguably the single biggest achievement of mankind in the 20th century, the moon landing. Whilst there are so many aspects of the event which are mind-blowing, currently my thoughts are with the man who provided the vision and leadership behind this feat and his speech at Rice University which set the scene for what was to come.
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It is a particularly lovely, sunny day to be inside, staring at computer screens. Of course, it could be none other than for PyData that we do this. PyData London is an annual event for beginners, experts and industry professionals alike, where we all convene to listen and learn about the latest developments on the data science frontier.
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As more partners and clients approach us about more pro-active means to monitor the efficiency of buildings, let's look at how data from building management systems (BMS) can serve as the foundation for analysing buildings in deeper and more insightful ways.
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Businesses and organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the need to monitor and manage their water consumption, as evidenced by the growing amount of water-consumption data that are being submitted into a global sustainability-benchmarking database that Fabriq has been assembling.
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This is a continuation of a previous blog featuring a critical look on current developments in the proptech industry, sparked by a recent visit to the Future: PropTech event.If I was ever going to shoot a futuristic movie, it would probably be called something along the lines of “Rise of the Platforms” (there goes any hope I may have ever held out for a successful movie making career, I know). The trend in the proptech industry is definitely to try to cover an increasing number of use cases and data domains, and platforms are the traditional “delivery mode” for this.
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Let me just put this on record: Proptech is an exciting space. I’m saying this as someone who’s spent the past 10+ years in it, hence longer than the term proptech itself has been in existence. Previously largely used to refer to online agencies, proptech today apparently encompasses some 7,000 startups (according to CBRE’s Thomas Herr) and goes well beyond making real estate transactions more efficient.
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