Today, we’re talking to Dylan Kelly, of PMS (Property Management Solution) TCAS Online, who shares the future of proptech, why da Vinci was the original genius and how to bend it like Beckham.
#1. So, what’s your favourite word?
#2. What gets you up in the morning?
My drive to buy a house during the week, and at the weekend, my drives on the golf course. Three to four hours of walking and talking with Mick and Jay – doesn’t get better than that.
#3. What do you truly, honestly think of social media?
Dangerous. Powerful. Informative. Did I say dangerous???
#4. Kindles or books?
Neither – I struggle to finish a book in its entirety – I tend to glean from the synopsis instead. YouTube on the other hand; love it!!
#5. Bet you still ace it. What do you think is the biggest challenge to your industry right now?
In proptech? Probably the consolidation of sectors. Student accommodation operators are going into PRS and vice versa so our challenge is to accommodate that into one technology platform.
#6. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
David Beckham. I still wouldn’t mind, actually.
#7. What led you to your current career?
I studied computer science which was a good way of getting into tech. Oh, and being a chancer! That helps me talk my way into things usually
#8. Can you use your favourite word in a sentence?
I want to travel.
#9. Now can you make it rhyme?
I want to travel with my mate called Pavel…
Now, if only I had a mate called Pavel.
#10. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Study harder. Learn a language when I was young. Finish a book that isn’t from the Mr Men collection.
#11. What’s the best thing anyone’s ever done for you?
When I was younger, Adidas Predator boots (aka David Beckham’s favourite) were the must-have Xmas present – you couldn’t get them for love or money. Don’t know where Santa got them but he managed to get me a pair.
#12. Tell us, what’s been your ‘career-defining’ moment?
Still a young pup but to date… getting through my review period at TCAS Online.
#13. Review time soon eh? If you won a big award of some kind, who would you thank?
My mum and dad. Have to give them a shout. And not least for buying me those Predators.
#14. Can you give us a timesaver of the day?
I lie in bed in the morning and check my emails before leaving for work. Always prepared – Barry (TCAS Online’s CEO) , are you listening???
#15. Where do you see your industry in 24 months?
Probably further consolidation in terms of the number of operators in the market. Plus more money coming into the UK from the Middle East and the US.
#16. Where were you 24 months ago?
I took a month off and did some travelling around the States. Started in San Francisco, ended up in Vegas.
#17. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. What’s an interesting fact about your company?
We’re boring Irish techies! No, that’s not fair. We’re a tight-knit team managing huge projects in the accommodation sector. Oh, and we don’t like Guinness. And we’re not leprechauns.
#18. If you could have a 24-minute Skype chat with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Leonardo da Vinci. An absolute genius. He had it all.
#19. Genius. What’s one word you’d want people to describe you with?
#20. Would you mind taking a selfie for us?
Here you go.
#21. What’s your favourite Twitter handle or social media campaign?
#22. What’s one quote that defines your work ethic?
Can I give you three?
“Work, save, travel, repeat”
“Get in, get out, don’t look back” Del Boy
“ A wrong decision is better than indecision” Tony Soprano.
#23. Bada Bing. What’s been the best part of your day?
Talking to you.
#24. That never gets boring. Finally, anything to plug?