MARCH 12th, 13th and 14th, 2024

Asia Pacific PPW Conference


Listen to 25+ speakers openly discuss the key issues facing their businesses.
These speakers are C-Level Leaders from online marketplaces around the world.
Sessions involve a combination of panels, presentations and interviews.
Attendees are able to ask questions of the speakers and network with them of social events.

Companies Registered

We are expecting 150+ C-Level attendees from PropTech and property marketplaces around the world.  

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Pitch Club

The pitch club is a chance for 5 startup companies to pitch their businesses to attendees.  We run this as a competition with each company receiving feedback from a panel of judges and the winner receiving the Pitch Club Trophy.

Pitch Club Details
  • 5 startup companies pitch their businesses to the attendees
  • Each pitch is 6 minutes long
  • A panel of 3 experienced judges provide on the spot feedback about the business and the presentation
  • The best company as voted by the judges receives the BKK Pitch Club Trophy

Email if you are interested in participating in Pitch Club at the conference.


Thank you to these great companies for sponsoring the 2024 Asia-Pacific Property Portal Watch Conference in Bangkok

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2024 Agenda

Listen to presentations by and discussions with 25+ C-Level leaders from around the world.   Check back frequently for changes to the agenda as new speakers are announced.

Proptech start up day

The PropTech Start Up Day is a full-day, hands-on workshop designed to help startup companies accelerate their growth by learning tips and techniques from seasoned industry entrepreneurs and investors.

This workshop is only for those who have previously registered for the Startup Day and is not included for attendees with general admission for the conference on the 13th and 14th.  

09:30 am to 09:45 am

Kick Off

Introduction / overview of the day

09:45 am to 10:30 am

Getting the Business Strategy Right

Round Table Discussion
Simon Baker
Joe Hanna - Partner Fusion 4 Ventures
Fredrik Bergman - CEO, PropTech Farm

What problem are you trying to solve?
What does the market structure look like?
Who are the real competitors?
Making sure there is a product / market fit?
How will that product-market fit change over time?
Don’t let perfection get in the way of better
Stages of Start Up growth

10:30 am to 11:15 am

How to Create a Successful Go to Market Strategy

Mike Plichta - MD APAC, PropTech Farm

Differentiating yourself from your competitors
Understanding buyers and what they really want
Understanding a buyer’s journey
Assessing the competition
Finding the right business model and pricing strategy
Building a scalable sales strategy
Generating demand
Tracking performance

11:15 am to 11:45 am

Morning Tea Break

11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Operational Excellence – Building the Right Team

Round Table Discussion
Simon Baker
Mike Plichta - MD APAC, PropTech Farm
Laura Szabo - Carangid

What are the right KPI’s to drive the business?
How do you put in place the right team?
What are the right incentives to motivate people?
Focusing on what really matters – don’t get distracted by bright shiny lights!
Use of advisors / external resources to accelerate growth

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

Managing Growth

Round Table Discussion
Simon Baker
Gonzao del Pozo - Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures
Fredrik Bergman - CEO, PropTech Farm

How to manage growth?
Where to invest?
Expansion locally versus globally – the challenges and opportunities
When to divest / stop doing things – the innovators dilemma

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm


Round Table Discussion
Simon Baker
Gonzao del Pozo - Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures
Fredrik Bergman - CEO, PropTech Farm

Where should I incorporate a business? What to think about
The role of the Board vs advisory boards
How to keep shareholders informed
How to get the most out of shareholders
How much to share and how often
How should you think about a shareholder’s agreement (SHA)

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm


A chance to network with other attendees

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Capital Raising

Round Table Discussion
Simon Baker
Tiwa York
Joe Hanna - Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures

How should you think about capital raising
Who should you target – strategic vs financial investors
How much should you raise
What terms should be accepted  
What types of facilities should be used – SAFE vs Con Note vs direct equity

3:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Pitching the Business

Round Table Discussion
Simon Baker
Fredrik Bergman - CEO, PropTech Farm
Joe Hanna - Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures

What makes a good pitch
What should be included / excluded from a business pitch
Who should you pitch it to
Should you use external advisors
How do you build a long term relationship with potential investors

3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Afternoon Tea

Meet fellow attendees

4:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Exiting the Business

Round Table Discussion
Simon Baker
Fredrik Bergman - CEO, PropTech Farm
Joe Hanna - Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures

How should you think about exiting
How important is having an exit at the beginning of the journey
Is an IPO really worth it

4:45 pm to 5:30 pm

Open Questions Session

7:00 pm to 9.30 pm

Drinks Sponsored by F4V & PropTech Farm

Aire Bar
22 5 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
(Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit)

9:00 am  to 9:10 am

Kick Off Day 1

Simon Baker - Host, Founder of PPW Conference, and Serial Investor


9:10 am to 9:40 am

Emerging vs Established Markets – The Power of AI to Change the Game

Malcolm Myers - Founder & CEO, European Internet Ventures (Switzerland)

Malcolm Myers is a long-time and well-respected participant in the PropTech industry.  He has advised many of the market leaders and is uniquely placed to share his thoughts on NextGen PropTech and marketplaces.  

In this session, Malcolm will compare the levels of monetisation between leading portals in emerging markets and established markets. What are the key differences and what is driving them? He will also look at some of the non-subscriptions models and evaluate their potential to become substantial businesses, before considering how AI is likely to both compound the challenges facing portals while also opening up new opportunities.

9:40 am to 10:10 am

Why Take-Rates are Not a Good Comparison

Jonathan Turpin  - Principal , AIM Group (United Kingdom)

Property marketplaces often use take-rates as a comparison and a guide for what makes a successful business.  Sometimes this leads them to change their business model in the pursuit of a higher yield from their customers.  However, not all markets are the same and take-rates can often mislead.

In this session, industry expert Jonathan Turpin explores what comparators make most sense for real estate marketplaces.

10:10 am to 10:35 am

How Data Drives ARPA Growth

James Gray -  Director of Commerical, iovox (United Kingdom)

Companies gather an enormous amount of data on their customers and visitors from a range of different channels.  However, unless they act on this data with a clear outcome in mind, the data has no value.

In this session, James Gray,the Director of Commercial at iovox, discusses how their customers are using this data to grow ARPA.

10:35 am to 11:20 am

Networking Break sponsored by Flow

Meet your fellow attendees


11:20 am to 11:45 am

AI and PropTech Panel

Joe Hanna - Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures
Nick Sertis - MD, LoopaAutomate (Australia)

Moderator: Simon Baker
- Executive Chairman, Online Marketplaces

AI has the potential to change the PropTech industry the same as the internet revolutionised the real estate advertising industry.  

In this panel session we will discuss how AI is currently impacting the industry, who is at risk and more importantly, who may come out on top as the winner.

11:45 am to 12:10 pm

AI in Marketplaces – Beyond the Hype

Fouad Bekkar - VP Data and AI, Propertyfinder (UAE)

Propertyfinder has implemented many AI applications and is always exploring how AI can be incorporated into their marketplace.  In this session, Fouad Bekkar, the VP of Data and AI, discusses the realistic applications of AI into marketplaces.

12:10 pm to 12:35 pm

How AI Can Drive Better Matching of Buyer and Seller Needs

Henrik Olofson - CEO, PropStreet (Sweden)

Propstreet connects vetted investors with verified brokers in the marketplace for confidential commercial real estate transactions.In this session, we will explore how AI helps drive efficiencies in all parts of the process and how it has the potential to disrupt the commercial real estate industry completely.

12:35 pm to 12:55 pm

How AI Can Improve Listing Quality and Conversion Rates

Maria Solodilova - International Business Development Executive, Membrace (Mexico)

Membrace is a content validation and enrichment platform that helps boost conversion rates, increase GMV, and improve customer satisfaction through content. They combine AI with human expertise to continuously improve the speed and quality of content validation and enrichment.

In this session, Maria Solodilova will discuss how Membrace combines AI with human expertise to provide real time moderation and the value that this creates for marketplaces.

12:55 pm to 2:25 pm

Lunch Break

Opportunity to meet and network with fellow attendees


2:25 pm to 2:50 pm

Platform Driven Rentals in India

Arshad Balwa - Founder & CEO, Jugyah (India)

Jugyah is building India's first fin-tech enabled, end to end home rental marketplace.

In this session, Arshad Balwa, the CEO of Jugyah, will discuss how Jugyah is using fin-tech/insur-tech to create better, managed outcomes for tenants, landlord and brokers in India.

2:50 pm to 3:10 pm

Crumbling Cookies & Rising Giants: 1st Party Data's Role in Online Portal Transformation

Gil Sperling - Co-Founder & Co-CEO (South Africa)

As third-party cookies phase out,portals are facing an opportunity to tap into exponential revenue streams and reach billions of active users on Facebook and Instagram.

Join Flow’s Co-Founder and Co-CEO Gil Sperling to discover how 1st party data is the secret to success! Find out how to win in a cookieless world, explore the importance of off-site ads, particularly on social media platforms where people spend most of their time, and explore the pivotal role of AI in this landscape and how AI plays a role in this and learn how any portal can turn itself into a data giant.

3:10 pm to 3:35 pm

Platforms, Creators and Warriors

Georg Chmiel - Executive Chairman, Juwai IQI (Malaysia)

In today's dynamic digital landscape, social media has become the #1 lead generator across many industries, replacing traditional classifieds businesses. TikTok Commerce now exceeding 10% of eCommerce in Malaysia, Facebook & Instagram being the largest lead generator for the developer segment in ASEAN.

This session delves into the transformative potential of social commerce, with a focus on two prominent examples: Juwai IQI (the leading ASEAN proptech player) and Xamble (a leading influencer (creator) platform).

3:35 pm to 4:20 pm

Networking Break Sponsored by LoopaAutomate

Meet your fellow attendees


4:20 pm to 4:50 pm

Building the Market Leader in India

Dhruv Agarwala - CEO, REA India (India)

REA India brings together, Maakan, and PropTiger to create a powerful player in the Indian PropTech market.  In this session, Dhruv Agarwala, the CEO of REA India, discusses the challenges of running REA India,the opportunities in the Indian market and the potential impact of AI.

4:50 pm to 5:15 pm

Challenges and Opportunities in SE Asia

Mark Nosworthy - CEO, Digital Classifieds Group (SE Asia)

Over the last 12 months, the Digital Classifieds Group has rapidly transformed.  They acquired bProperty in Bangladesh and more recently, Lamudi (Philippines and Indonesia)from the Dubizzle Group.

In this session, CEO Mark Nosworthy will discuss the opportunities they see in SE Asia, the approach they are taking and challenges is running a multi-country business.

5:15 pm to 5:40 pm

Customer Driven Business Models and How AI Creates Opportunity

Alexander Nagorny - CPO, Kolesa Group (Kazakhstan)

The Kolesa Group works with customers at every part of the journey from starting the search through to completion of the transaction.  They are now the market leader by taking this holistic approach to working with customers.

In this session, Chief Product Officer Alexander Nagorny discusses how they have implemented this end-to-end customer centric approach, how AI has the power to increase the quality of services, and all these technologies can create a virtual real estate agency.

5:40 pm to 5:50 pm

Day 1 Wrap Up

Simon Baker - Host, Founder of PPW Conference, and Serial Investor

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Gala Event Sponsored by iovox

Red Square
25th floor of Novotel Bangkok, 27 Sukhumvit 4 Alley, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Tailandia

8:50 am to 9:00 am

Kick Off Day 2

Simon Baker - Host, Founder of PPW Conference, and Serial Investor


9:00 am  to 9:25 am

From Search to Tell – The Future of Matching Buyer and Renters with the Right Property

Simon Baker - Founder, Online Marketplaces / Property Portal Watch

Simon Baker is the founder of the PPW Conferences, and a long-time advisor and investor in proptech and property marketplaces.

Over the last 25 years, Simon has seen it all and, in this session, shares his thoughts on the future of matching buyers and renters with the right property and, how AI has the potential to change the game completely.

9:25 am to 9:50 am

How AI Can Help SEO

Mike van der Heijden - CEO, Portal.Ventures (Australia)

SEO has been the mainstay of traffic generation for PropTech and property marketplaces for decades.  However, the rise of AI has the potential to both positively and negatively impact SEO.

In this session, Mike van der Heijden, the CEO of SEO search specialist, Portal.Ventures, discusses how AI can help your SEO and what plans Google has for AI.

9:50 am to 10:15 am

Our Journey to the AI (Powered) Marketplace

Nils Koerber - Managing Director, Ringer South Africa (South Africa)

AI has the potential to change the way people interact with listings.  The team at Ringier is actively working on an AI powered marketplace.  

In this session, Nils Koerber, discusses how Ringier is building AI powered marketplaces and the results they are having.

10:15 am to 10:55 am

Networking Break sponsored by Coralytics

Meet fellow attendees. Coffee and Tea provided in foyer


10:55 am to 11:15 am

Finding Capital for PropTech Companies – Tips and Techniques

Fredrik Bergman - CEO, PropTech Farm (Sweden)
Joe Hanna - Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures (Australia)

There has been a decrease in the amount of funds being invested into the PropTech sector.  In this session, seasoned investors share tips and techniques for proptech companies to raise new capital.

11:15 am to 12:35 pm

Pitch Club Presented by iovox

Gonzalo del Pozo
- Partner, Fusion 4 Ventures (Spain)
Mike Pichta - MD APAC, PropTech Farm (Sweden)
Simon Baker - Host

Watch 5 innovative companies pitch their business for funding.  Selected from a range of applicants, these businesses have interesting stories, strong potential, and capable management teams.

Format: Each company will present for 6 min on their business followed by a 5 min Q&A session from the judges.

12:35 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch Break sponsored by Membrace

Opportunity to meet and network with fellow attendees


2:00 pm to 2:25 pm

How Domain is Building a Next Gen Marketplace

Sev Thomassian - Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer, Domain Group (Australia)

Domain is the #2 player in the Australian market.  It is listed on the ASX with a market cap of AUD 2bn. In this session, Sev Thomassian will discuss how Domain has evolved from a traditional property portal to building a Next Gen Property Marketplace.

2:25 pm to 2:50 pm

What Do Real Estate Portals all have in Common?

Edmund Keith - Head of Content, Online Marketplaces (Spain)

Ed has been collecting data on the real estate portal industry for four years. The presentation uses everything from website features to CEO profiles to profitability to answer the question of what real estate portals all have in common.

2:50 pm to 3:10 pm

Sales Intelligence Made Simple

Omar Dahroug - MD & Co-Founder, ProperBird (Germany)

Discover how cutting-edge data analysis transforms property portals, enhancing efficiency and revenue by spotlighting the critical role of your core product: the listings business. This session offers actionable insights, guiding you to focus on and leverage your listings to their full potential.

3:10 pm to 3:35 pm

Transaction Businesses and Portals Working Together – What Works and What Doesn’t

Mike Kenner - Co-Founder, FazWaz (Thailand)

For years we were talking about getting closer to the transaction.  Now we have the data as many emerging country portals have made the transition from an advertising engine to a combined advertising/transaction business.

In this session, we will explore what works and doesn’t work when a transaction business and a portal business combine forces to take on a market.

3:35 pm to 4:15 pm

Networking Break sponsored by ProperBird

Meet fellow attendees. Coffee and Tea provided in foyer


4:15 pm to 4:40 pm

Driving Transparency to Improve Supply of New Homes to Market in Australia

Mike Bird - Co-Founder, (Australia)

Australia is one of the fastest countries per capita in the world, but has been plagued by ongoing quality issues for new apartment developments. These issues have created uncertainty for consumers and have contributed to ongoing under supply of new housing. Mike’s presentation outlines the opportunities property portals have to leverage their audience and data to solve important industry challenges while creating competitive advantage.

4:40 pm to 5:05 pm

Innovative Business Models for the Thai Market

Mario Peng - Co-Founder & CEO, PropertyScout (Thailand)

PropertyScout is a leading for sale and rental platform in the Thai market.  At the core of their growth has been a focus on experimentation and innovation in all aspects of the business model. In this session, CEO Mario Peng will discuss how PropertyScout is building their business, the challenges they face and how an innovation mindset is accelerating growth.

5:05 pm to 5:35 pm

Conference Learnings

Jonathan Turpin - Principal, AIM Group (UK)
Malcolm Myers, CEO, European Internet Ventures (Switzerland)
Simon Baker, Founder of OMP Conferences and Serial Investor

Throughout the conference there have been a range of learnings from operational through long term strategic opportunities.  This panel session brings together these learnings and discusses the next 3-5 years.

5:35 pm to 5:50 pm

Day 2 Wrap Up

Simon Baker - Host, Founder of PPW Conference, and Serial Investor

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Good Bye Drinks
Flash Back Rooftop
7 Sukhumvit 20 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, KhlongToei, Bangkok 10110

Sponsored by: Membrace, Flow, Portal Ventures & PropTech Farm


The Asia Pacific Property Portal Watch Conference is again being held at the Carlton Hotel, Bangkok

Carlton Hotel Bangkok

491 Sukhumvit Road,
Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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