Asia Pacific Property Portal Watch Conference


The 2023 APAC Property Portal Watch Conference in Bangkok will bring together 200+ C-Level leaders from online real estate marketplaces and PropTech companies around the world to discuss the key issues facing their businesses.

Over the course of 2 days, you will hear presentations from 30+ speakers, attend social events and network with your peers from around the world.

This conference is brought to you by the OnlineMarketplaces.com team and is our 34th conference since 2009.


Listen to 30+ 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 200+ C-Level attendees from real estate marketplaces around the world.  Check out some of the companies already registered to attend the conference.

Click here for attending companies

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 min 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 Madrid Pitch Club Trophy

Email simon@onlinemarketplaces.com if you are interested in participating in Pitch Club at the conference.


Thank you to these great companies for sponsoring the 2023 Asia-Pacific Property Portal Watch Conference in Bangkok

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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.


10:00 am to 10:20 am

Kick Off

Overview of the structure of the day including discussion of why chasing the transaction is important in some markets around the world.

10:20 am to 1:20 pm

How to Build a Transaction Business (Step by Step Guide)

Step by step discussion of how to build a transaction business covering:
- Sourcing listings
- Marketing
- Managing leads
- Negotiate and close the transaction
- Cross sell
- Ongoing value capture

1:20 pm to 2:20 pm


A chance to network with other attendees

2:20 pm to 3:00 pm

Making it Happen

In depth look at what it takes to launch and operate a transaction business including organisation structure and KPI's

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Different Transaction Models

Overivew of different businesses and how they have implemented a transaction based model.

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Capital Raising

Discussion on the importance of capital raising including the challenges, how best to position the business and what are the longer term exit opportunities.

4:00 pm to 4:20 pm

Afternoon Tea

Meet fellow attendees

4:20 pm to 5:30 pm

Round Table Discussion

Q&A session with 2 seasoned CEO's who have built digital transaction businesses.

8:00 pm onwards

Drinks Sponsored

Get together with fellow attendees

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

Back to the Future of Classifieds and Marketplaces

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

Three years ago, Malcolm made some bold predictions about the future of real estate marketplaces. Malcolm revisits these predictions and provides his view on thefuture of marketplaces.

9:40 am to 10:10 am

The Last Frontier - How to Crack the $500b PropTech Market

Georg Chmiel - Executive Chairman, Juwai IQI (Malaysia)

Juwai started life as an advertising platform for Chinese buyers to quickly and simply find international properties to meet their needs.  However, through the merger with iQi, Juwai has redefined its business and identified opportunities to use PropTech to disrupt the real estate industry.

The next step is how to capture more value from the $500b global PropTech market.  This session looks at strategies on how companies can crack this incredibly valuable market.

10:10 am to 10:40 am




10:40 am to 11:20 am

Networking Break

Meet your fellow attendees

SESSION 2: from classifieds to transactions - how marketplaces are evolving

11:20 am to 11:50 am

Transaction Businesses - What Works and What Doesn't

Simon Baker - Founder of PPW Conferences and Serial Investor

Over the last 5 years, real estate marketplaces around the world have progressively moved towards the transaction.  Some have dived into buying and selling real estate, while others have focused on the secondary transactions such as mortgages.

This session looks at what has worked and what hasn’t in various markets around the world.

11:50 am to 12:20 pm

Lessons Learned in Scaling a Digital Real Estate Brokerage

Mike Kenner - CEO and Co-Founder, FazWaz (Thailand)

FazWaz has built the leading digital real estate brokerage in Thailand and is in the process of expanding into other markets in the region.  

In this session Mike Kenner, the Co-Founder of FazWaz looks at the key lessons learned over the last 5 years in building a digital real estate brokerage.

12:20 pm to 12:50 pm

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12:50 pm to 2:20 pm

Lunch Break Sponsored by IOVOX

Meet your fellow attendees

Session 3: How technology is changing real estate marketplaces

2:20 pm to 2:50 pm

Using Technology to Target the $14bn Digital Ad Spend Market in Australia

Scott Holmes - Innovation and Strategy Manager, REA Group (Australia)

Due to the fragmentation of media in Australia, getting ashare of the $13.9 billion digital ad spend is challenging.

Today we will showcase Promote by realestate.com.au which is a new self-serve advertising platform. Promote makes it easy to access our ad inventory, attracts a new category of advertisers and delivers a 100% uplift in yield from programmatic advertising.

2:50 pm to 3:15 pm

Unlocking the High Value Data from 3D Virtual Tours

Josh Callaghan - CEO, Little Hinges (Australia)

This session is a deep dive into the data assets that are created and how portals can use that to provide hyper-personalized recommendations, more accurate automated valuations, and better search/matching engine tools.

3:15 pm to 3:40 pm

Chatgpt and AI – How this Impacts the Real Estate Industry

Joe Hanna - CEO, PropTech Group (Australia)

Chatgpt has helped make AI mainstream.  In this session, Joe Hanna discusses how AI has the potential to change the way the real estate industry operates.

3:40 pm to 4:05 pm

How Generative AI is Unlocking Value for Real EstateMarketplaces

Jamie McInally - CEO, Autoenhance.ai (United Kingdom)

Generative AI leverages artificial intelligence technologies to create entirely new content. In this session, Jamie McInally will be discussing the current limitations of traditional content creation methods in real estate, and how generative AI will revolutionise the way we enhance property listings, save costs and time.

4:05 pm to 4:35 pm

Networking Break Sponsored by SignifiMedia

Meet your fellow attendees


4:35 pm to 5:05 pm

Untying the Chinese Knot: Will What Worked in China Scale in Southeast Asia?

Brett Hartley Wilson - Head of International, KE.com (China)

Brett is the Head of International for KE Holdings.  Operating at Beike, it is the leading integrated online and offline platform for housing transactions and services in China.

In this session, Brett discusses how KE has built its business and whether the same approach could work throughout other SE Asian markets.  

5:05 pm to 5:30 pm

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5:30 pm to 5:55 pm

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5:55 pm to 6:00 pm

Day 2 Wrap Up

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

7:30 pm onwards

Gala Event Presented by IOVOX

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8:50 am to 9:00 am

Kick Off Day 3

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


9:00 am to 10:30 am

Round Table Break Out Groups

Facilitators to be finalised

Therewill be three breakout sessions run simultaneously. Each session will cover a different topic andwill be facilitated by a different leader.Eachdiscussion will run for 30 min and participants can move between the groups.

Thethree topics will be:
1) Capital Raising – theopportunities and challenges
2) Operational Excellence –KPI’s that matter, mortgages and insurance leads, key learnings
3) StrategicOpportunities – moving into transactions (what works / doesn’t work), iBuyersand other strategic opportunities

10:30 am to 11:00 am

Networking Break

Meet your fellow attendees


11:00 am to 11:30 am

What it Takes to Grow Leading Marketplaces in Emerging Markets

Shaun di Gregorio - Founder and CEO, Frontier Digital Ventures (Malaysia)

Frontier Digital Ventures is the leading player in owning and operating marketplaces in emerging and early stage markets.

This session discusses what it really takes to build leading marketplaces in these challenging markets.

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Trusting the Marketplace

Christophe de Rassenfosse - Chief Product Officer, Propertyfinder (UAE)

Consumer trust plays a crucial role in the success of a high inventory marketplace.

This session looks at the work Property Finder has done on this topic and how it is impacting the products it launches to the market.

12:00 pm to 12:25 pm

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12:25 pm to 1:45 pm

Lunch Break

Networking with fellow attendees


1:45 pm to 2:10 pm

True or False? 5 Assumptions About Real Estate Marketplaces in Developing Markets Debunked with Data

Edmund Keith - Editor, Online Marketplaces Group (Spain)

Online Marketplaces has developed a deep data set on property marketplaces and PropTech companies around the world.

In this session, Edmund Keith, the Editor of Online Marketplaces, explores 5 myths around marketplaces in development markets and provides data to either prove or disprove them.

2:10 pm to 2:35 pm

Opportunities in a 170m Person Market

Mark Nosworthy - CEO, bproperty.com (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh is a large market of 170 million people.  In this session, Mark Nosworthy, CEO of BProperty, will discuss how they developed a market leading property marketplace for this market.  He will discuss the business model, the challenges they face rolling it out, and the success they have had.

2:35 pm to 3:00 pm

Lessons Learned from Building a Rentals Focused Transaction Based Business

Marco Barth - COO, PropertyScout (Thailand)

Thailand is an active market for property marketplaces and, more interestingly, the rolling out of eBroker models for sales and for rentals.  One key player in the Thai market is PropertyScout.

In this session, Marco will discuss how they are approaching the digitization of the rentals transaction.

3:00 pm to 3:25 pm

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3:25 pm to 3:55 pm

Networking Break

Meet fellow attendees


3:55 pm to 4:20 pm

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12:25 pm to 12:50 pm

The Challenges of Lead Generation in an Era of Declining Attention Spans and High Marketing Costs

Steve Cachia - CEO, List Social (Australia)

Social media dominates .

4:45 pm to 5:10 pm

There a Role for Crypto and Blockchain in the Sale of Real Estate?

Simon Baker - Founder, CAV Investment Group

From FTX to NFTs and Bitcoin, crypto and blockchain is all around us and likely to play an increasingly important role in the sale and rental of real estate. This session looks at what is happening in the crypto and blockchain world withregards to sale and rental of real estate.

5:10 pm to 5:20 pm

Conference Wrap Up

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


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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