Stephen is a Partner with the proptech connection. He has extensive experience working with emerging PropTech companies having evaluated 400+ deals for investment, interviewed 100+ founders and has worked with a number of PropTech companies in succesfully securing funding, customers or entering new markets.
Stephen was formerly the Investment Director of the Taronga PropTech Venture Capital Fund and also led their SME PropTech advisory business. He was also formerly the Chief Operating Officer of a Real Estate Funds Management business and has held senior Strategy, M&A and Finance roles at listed REIT, Mirvac.
Originally from the UK, Stephen was an Investment Manager for the Sigma Capital CleanTech Venture Capital funds leading the origination and investment in emerging CleanTech companies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. He holds a Masters from the University of Edinburgh in Economics and Law.
Ivo Van Breukelen
Ivo is a Partner with the proptech connection, residing in Chicago, USA. He has an extensive international network with emerging PropTech, Tech Buyers, Investors and other stakeholders in the value chain of Real Estate.
Originally from the Netherlands, he has been involved in a variety of different industries, covering all major developed and developing regions. Ivo has hosted guest lectures, the most recent at Harvard, about green infrastructure and the impact on the built environment.
He is fascinated about the revolution that is taking place in the PropTech, SmartCity and Blockchain space with respect to the real estate domain. He holds a Masters from Tilburg University in International Business.
Head of Technology Buyers
Paul is the Head of Technology Buyers at the proptech connection. He has over a decade of experience managing software businesses, and in recent years has focused on the proptech sector. This has placed him at the centre of understanding the technology needs of large real estate technology buyers and this is where he helps our clients.
He is also currently Head of Business Development APAC at Equiem, a market leader in tenant experience solutions, and prior to that he was CEO of strata management software provider PropertyIQ following its acquisition by Macquarie Bank. Paul also previously led the expansion of Aussie talent marketplace Expert360 into the USA, and was one of the core team at Intuit which launched and grew the Quickbooks cloud accounting platform in new international markets including Australia, the UK and India.
Although currently based in Australia, Paul was based for a numbers years in Silicon Valley. It was here he worked as a management consultant with the strategy firm Bain & Company in San Francisco, advising large enterprises, technology clients and private equity funds on organic/inorganic growth strategies and operational improvement initiatives. Earlier in his career he worked as a turbine development engineer in Switzerland, and was also previously an Infantry Officer in the Australian Army.
Paul holds an MBA from the University of California Berkeley, and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science degrees from Monash University.
Chris is an advisor to the proptech connection . He recently led the KPMG Australia Proptech Advisory practice and whilst at KPMG, he led the delivery of the global 2019 PropTech Strategy.
Having co-founded a PropTech company in 2016 (a visualisation and digital twin technology solution for Portfolio Owners), Chris understands the challenges facing emerging PropTech technologies. Coupled with his screening of 150+ PropTech founders and working with a number of these in building out strategies, shaping propositions and leading their fundraising process, Chris is well placed to help the next wave of emerging PropTech technologies.
He also has collaborated with the largest REITS and market incumbents to deliver technology based products and services and has held roles with large asset owners, such as the Macquarie Group.
He holds a bachelors degree in Business (Marketing) and Law from the University of Technology, Sydney.