Savannah de Savary: New York City

What do you do? 
I’m the Founder and CEO of IndustryHub, a Manhattan based real estate tech startup – beta launched in January.

IndustryHub enables developers, property managers and all other commercial real estate players to discover the professionals behind the real estate projects they admire and to use industry peer endorsements to expand their networks of skill, innovation and excellence.

What else should we know about you?
It was actually whilst working as a Development Associate at a large NYC based real estate company that I experienced first hand the technological gap that exists in terms of how developers gain insight into projects and consultants. It was out of my frustration with the antiquated tools at our disposal that the idea for IndustryHub was born.

What’s your historical London and New York connection? 
Born and bred in the UK, I moved to NYC after graduating from Oxford in 2013. I’m very lucky that with IndustryHub launching in both the US and London there are increasing opportunities to visit my family and friends back in London.

Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
My experience in New York as a Londoner has been defined by the cosmopolitan nature of the city. Without the comfort of childhood friends close at hand you become interwoven in a fantastic community of ex-pats from all over the globe. Most surprising has been the incredibly close Londoner friends I’ve made, who I’d likely never have met if we weren’t in New York. 

How can New York and London better engage with each other? 
Short of how wonderful it would be for transatlantic travel if Concorde were to come out of retirement, I think they engage perfectly. They’re intrinsically linked as two of the greatest cultural and financial cities in the world. 

Favorite NYC secret spot:
I don’t know how much of a secret it is but my favorite spot has to be Nitehawk, the old school cinema in Williamsburg where they serve you delicious brunches and dinners whilst you watch your film. Honestly nowhere I’d rather be on a rainy Sunday!

Favourite London secret spot:
The pub round the corner from the parents flat would have to win – for me, you can’t beat some home comfort food.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
For now, New York is exactly where I want to be as it is a global hub for real estate technology innovation.
Eventually, I’d love to live in the English countryside as I’m a country bumpkin at heart. 

In flight entertainment: 
What’s playing in your headphones right now?
Oh Wonder – They’re playing in NYC later this month which I’m very excited about.

And what are you currently reading?
I’ve just started Angel Investing by David Rose. He’s not only a successful investor but also an innovator in his own right, so definitely worth a read!

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