Today's guest is Jonathan Hannam, the co-founder and managing director of Taronga Group and managing partner of Taronga Ventures. We talk about his career and background, PropTech / RealTech themes and opportunities in the Asia Pacfic, and advice for emerging companies and startups in the industry.
Originally from Australia, Jonathan found himself in Beijing in the early 1990's and built a 20+ year real estate career across major global markets, including Sweden, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, China and Australia.
Show Notes here: https://bordersless.com/business/proptech-asia-jonathan-hannam/
About Taronga Group
Taronga is an investment house that brings together institutional real estate investment with technology and innovation to create a unique eco-system for global institutional, corporate and ultra-high net worth investors. Taronga Ventures invests into emerging real estate and built world innovation and technology opportunities through the Real Tech Ventures Fund. Find out more about Taronga Group here: https://tarongagroup.com/
1:10 - Motivation for moving to Beijing, China. Life studying at the prestigious Tsinghua University in the early 1990's.
4:30 - Working for the first real estate agency in China, learning Chinese and moving to Singapore.
8:30 - Moving from agency to investment management and working as the Head of Real Estate, Asia for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).
10:00 - Moving to Sweden, then back to Australia.
13:00 - Advice for those looking to move to Asia for their careers.
15:00 - On Taronga Group and opportunities in real estate technology.
20:50 - PropTech vs RealTech, challenges for emerging startups/companies, wellbeing of founders.
24:15 - Real estate companies in Asia investing in innovation and technology.
27:15 - Thoughts on expats transitioning back to Australia.
29:00 - Thoughts on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how Taronga is managing the situation.
31:30 - Short-term behaviour of Aussie companies expanding or investing abroad, opportunities in the Asian century.
33:50 - Final thoughts and advice.