The SmartRE Team
Our team is comprised of experienced computer science and business leaders who have been in sectors such as local search, semiconductors, supercomputing, blockchain, and finance.
Hail from Leading Tech Companies
We come from leading companies as Sun Microsystems Laboratories (now Oracle), Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Brocade, Ele.me, Ernst & Young, among others.
We Define a New Era of Real Estate
We know our approach will usher in a new era for the real estate market. We are excited about the future and hope you will join us.
Derek is the Senior Vice President at a leading global multibillion USD casualty specialty insurance company serving clients around the world. He has over 20 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industries of casualty property. His deep knowledge of the sector, on both the buy and market place sides, allows for nuanced customization that is unsurpassed. He has a B.S. from Fairfield University and an E-MBA from UC Berkeley.
Tuan is a seasoned 20+ year hands-on executive with financial planning & analysis, business support, and management consulting experience working for startups through to multi-billion dollar software, cloud and Fortune 500 companies. He is the Senior Finance Director for SAP where he leads financial operations for the Analytics and database SaaS and software division. Previously, he was a Business Controller for Juniper Networks where he managed the high-end router division. He has a B.A. from UC Berkeley.
Peter is a technology executive and activist who builds organizations and movements and finds value in self-organizing, distributed systems that work from the bottom-up to effect change. His sensibilities for how technology can empower people reaches back to his early days at Apple, where he headed up Enterprise Markets that he grew to US$1 billion under Steve Jobs. Peter has since led technology-based change initiatives for The White House, The United Nations and The World Economic Forum. He is Chairman, Board-of-Advisors, of Swytch.io, a company that tracks and verifies efforts to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions. Peter is also founder and Chairman of the Maker City project. His research on the Maker City project produced the best selling book–Maker City: A Practical Guide to Reinventing Our Cities.
Lloyd has over 15 years of entrepreneurial, operational, management, sales, and consulting experience. With deep experience in three startup companies in three different markets, his responsibilities have spanned the spectrum from management to sales to engineering. The last startup, SMIC, based in Silicon Valley and China, went public on the New York Stock Exchange at a market capitalization of over US$8 billion with his own accounts generating over US$150 million in sales in less than two years. He has a peer-reviewed paper in ACM MobiCom (with over 275 citations) and a chapter in an IEEE technical book. He has a M.S. in computer science from UCLA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley.
Matt is a Columbia Business School MBA who has run acquisition marketing teams for two Fortune 500 companies. At Pitney Bowes, Matt spent 10 years using multiple channels to acquire over 40,000 customers per year via online and offline marketing (generating over $1B in lifetime revenue and $225 million in lifetime EBIT). He assisted in the creation of multiple new products that further increased PB’s bottom line and helped move them into new markets. At Wolters Kluwer, Matt instituted impactful digital marketing that dramatically increased online orders and improved their online presence from a Social, Content, and Nurturing perspective. Matt is a decorated digital and direct response professional with the good fortune of working with dozens of wonderful industry partners to create award winning (Direct Marketing Association) campaigns and direct projects that won internal and external recognition.
Kent directs the City Science (formerly Changing Places) group at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on developing urban interventions that enable more entrepreneurial, livable, high-performance districts in cities. To that end, his projects include advanced simulation and augmented reality for urban design, transformable micro-housing for millennials, mobility-on-demand systems that create alternatives to private automobiles, and Urban Living Lab deployments in Hamburg, Andorra, Taipei, and Boston.
Larson and researchers from his group received the “10-Year Impact Award” from UbiComp 2014. This is a “test of time” award for work that, with the benefit of hindsight, has had the greatest impact over the previous decade.
Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with design work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, The New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. The New York Times Review of Books selected his book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks (2000) as one of that year’s ten best books in architecture.
Sung-Ju Lee, Ph.D.
S.J. is the Endowed Chair Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He previously was a Distinguished Mobility Architect and Principal Research Scientist at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories for 15 years. His research areas include mesh and decentralized networks and security. He has 45 patents granted and over 110 peer-reviewed research and conference papers. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.
David is the Head of the Transaction Advisory Group in KPMG Tax Corporation Japan. He specializes in transaction based tax advisory work, with areas of expertise in real estate, healthcare and renewable energy. David has provided assistance to a large number of foreign investors, real estate clients, renewable energy funds and investors, hospital groups investing in Japan and Asia. His work includes structuring of investments and advice on setting up foreign funds, due diligence on potential acquisitions, securitization and financing advice, tax compliance and assistance in tax audits and negotiations with the tax authorities. David also sits on the real estate international steering committee and is the Head of Infrastructure for KPMG Tax in Asia.
Paul has over 12 years of experience in the residential real estate development and investment sector. He is the Director of GLC Enterprises, a real estate holding and investment company in Southern California where he is a founding member. He has a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College and a M.B.A. from UC Irvine.
H.L. has a strong entrepreneurial streak with USD millions raised in the mainland market. He was an early employee at Ele.me, the leading delivery app in China that was bought by Alibaba for over US$9 billion, and founder of a dating app. Previously he was in engineering at Peugeot Citroen in Europe and China. An extremely high achiever, he is a master of growth hacking, especially in the Asia market. Recognized twice in the People’s Daily as a top overseas entrepreneur returnee. He has a B.A. from Shanghai JiaoTong University.
Ted has over 20+ years of experience in cross-border investments in real estate, technology, healthcare, and banking. He was previously the CEO of a Singapore based investment holding company. He is a former Senior Executive at Leucadia National Corporation (now Jefferies Financial Group), a Fortune 500 investment holding company. Prior to Leucadia, he was the Financial Controller for global sports brand Salomon & Taylor Made Co., Ltd. (acquired by Adidas), where he was responsible for the IPO of the Japan Subsidiary. Ted began his career at Nikko Securities where he focused on structured financing and cross-border M&A in collaboration with the Blackstone Group. Ted is an advisor and board member to listed and private Asian, European, and US companies. He has an A.M. from Harvard University.
Frank is an experienced software specialist with 20+ years of hands-on coding, consulting, and management, of various applications including web frameworks, mobile apps, factory automation, chip firmware, and embedded devices. He is currently leading a systems integration program to develop the next generation of in-vehicle infotainment and connected services for one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers. Previous successfully exited startups include SMIC and Centrality Communications. He received his B.A. in computer science from UT Austin.