What the experts say - 3 questions to...
First in our series of #property industry expert interviews.
At Commsmatters, we like #technology startups. We like their drive and energy and their desire to solve problems. With the current abundance of #startups working on transforming and digitalising the #property industry, we’ve decided to highlight some of them, and what better way to do so, than by asking property industry experts for their opinion! So we kick off our series of interviews with Matt Partridge, CEO of Infabode, and ask him what trends we should be looking out for and which #proptech startups have the brightest future.
First, tell us a little bit about Infabode and what you are currently up to.
Infabode is solving the problem of real estate information being spread across the web. This makes it very hard for professionals to analyse a particular sector or region.
On Infabode all of this information is in one place and through one login. We have partnered with over 450 content providers and have over 17,000 members from around the globe.
Our current focus is on improving our functionality, awareness of the platform across the globe and increasing the number of industry partners that we work with. And we're also currently crowdfunding.
What do you see as the biggest technology trend (or trends) affecting the property industry in the next 2 years?
I think the next two years will be all about collaborations and mergers, with a number of businesses also going bust. We’ve seen a massive increase in the number of property technology companies over the last few years - that’s been phase one. Phase two will see companies that are offering complimentary services partner with each other, with other proptech's being bought by their clients or competitors and undoubtedly a large number of businesses that will fail.
Finally, what 2 or 3 startups should we watch out for?
I would certainly watch out for Infabode, we’ve made a good start in our mission to replace Google as the starting point for the industry. Others that are really interesting are Coyote, who are good friends of ours and who seem to be making a strong name for themselves. I like what Nimbus Maps are doing, I think Emoov will continue to grow and Realla is another listings business that will have a bright future.