In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Malcolm Hall, the founder and CEO of Open Box.
Without further ado…
What do you do?
I am the Founder and CEO of Open Box which is a technology services company focus solely on Real Estate. My role is to provide strategic leadership to our teams in the US, UK and South Africa. I am passionate about the fact that there is always a better way of doing things so I am constantly questioning everything we do and the way in which we do it to uncover a better way of doing it.
What problem does your product/service solve?
Our Automation Engine, Rob Sparke, is unique to the industry, utilizing best of breed platforms like Blue Prism RPA to enable automation of most processes in the back office of a Real Estate company out of the box. Those that aren’t out of the box can be created very rapidly utilizing the Engine. Our Automation Engine is further enhanced by our other service lines: Custom Software; Enterprise Solutions (MRI and Argus); Helpdesk and Management Consulting.
What are you most excited about right now?
We are seeing our industry wake up to the benefits of Automation. We are a couple of years behind the likes of Financial Services, Insurance and Pharmaceutical industries, but we are seeing real engagement with this Fourth Industrial Revolution that will radically change our industry and our world. Being the leader in the space in the industry is very exciting.
What’s next for you?
I am looking forward to continuing to take Automation into the Real Estate industry. I am also privileged to mentor some other company leaders and entrepreneurs which often lead me into becoming involved as an investor, two areas that I expect to be more involved in the future.
What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?
In South Africa we have a massive challenge with income inequality. This is perpetuated by poor education which is compounded by lack of good nutrition in the early stages of childhood. I have been very involved in supporting early development programs which offer a combination of correct nutrition to infants but also education to the child-carer. Following on from this is then ensuring that there are good education opportunities in the pre-school years. There is a very large gap between the implementation of these valuable programs and getting the attention of the big funding groups (including government in some cases) which then creates sustainability. As a result too many fail. In this gap is where I believe smaller companies and individuals can add the most value and impact.
Thanks to Malcolm for sharing his story. If you’d like to connect, find him on LinkedIn here.
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