For Property Portal Watch today represents the 5th anniversary of the launch of the site, simply the inspiration of Simon Baker to establish a platform upon which the real estate portal community globally could collaborate, learn, share and develop. His vision has become a reality and today that reality is responsible for a website that attracts over 200,000 visits per annum and an event platform that hosts 4 conferences per year with an audience of over 100 on average with the next event in Barcelona in just over a week hosting over 200 attendees.
I have been a participant in PPW almost since the start and have followed the news of the industry as well as participated in 5 of the past 8 conferences. In that time I have make significant number of contacts within the industry and benefited enormously from sharing and discussing ideas and strategies with colleagues from around the world.
I feel suitably placed to acknowledge on behalf of the many people who around the world are connected to Property Portal Watch, the vision Simon had at the time and the value he has created and shared that has brought this industry together in a truly unique manner. There will not be many industries that has such a community, one that is open, collaborative and generous with time and resources, especially when the reality is that business is today more global than ever and more competitive and as a consequence more cautious about collaborating and meeting.
The 5th anniversary is a milestone also looking to the future, for the ambition is to grow and develop this community, this business, into something of greater value for it's users, it's friends. More of this to come in the coming days. For now, lets raise a glass to celebrate and acknowledge - Property Portal Watch is 5 years old!