In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the co-founder and CEO of Nimbus Maps, Simon Davis.
Without further ado…
What do you do?
I am the CEO of Nimbus® Maps, which is in effect a dedicated property search engine for real estate professionals allowing them access to information on 99% of the properties in the UK and then we have mapped it all, using Google Maps of course.
What problem does your product/service solve?
The mind-numbing process of having to find quite simply the most basic information on a property you are working on whether as a broker, buyer, seller, valuer or other professional. For every professional working in the real estate industry, you have to look for the same information, over and over again, on every property we look at, and we look at a lot, every day! It was sheer madness that you couldn’t access all this information, much of it free, from a single source. So, we created it!
What are you most excited about right now?
The massive adoption by our industry of our products, making it all worth it. We wanted to share in the intellectual property we have had created for us by some very bright minds at Warwick Uni. and our current adoption rate is over 40 companies a day which we are overjoyed about. It gives us a buzz to know so many professionals are benefitting from all our hard work.
What’s next for you?
We have some really exciting data linkages which we have managed to create through using the latest machine learning techniques from the guys at the university. This will enable our customers to instantly see relationships between properties, their owners, occupiers and their representatives, which will completely open up the industry to everyone working in it. This will be a big wake up to an industry which otherwise has been slow to adopt technology, certainly compared to other industries.
What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?
Mental health, both in the workplace and people’s personal lives. I am particularly concerned about peoples’ ability to cope with the stresses induced by being given so much information to digest on a daily, hourly basis via all the communication channels we are all tied into. The difficulty of “switching off” these days with all the electronic devices we are almost permanently connected to is a serious issue for us all, and not going away. Look at the issues affecting children being bullied through social media at all hours – there is no escape. I love technology, clearly, but I am genuinely concerned about our ability to deal with it all and the consequences this is going to have on us in the long term as we create more data.
Thanks to Simon for sharing his story. If you’d like to connect, find him on LinkedIn here.
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