Innovators and Disrupters Series: ‘The Future of Retail’ featuring Appear Here
In this session of the ULI UK Young Leaders ‘Innovators and Disrupters’ series Ross Bailey and Peter Lennon will discuss the future of retail: leasing trends, next generation brands, real estate as media and how to future proof retail assets.
Ross Bailey is the CEO & Founder of Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for short-term retail space. Based on the concept that renting commercial property should be as easy as booking a hotel room, Appear Here’s mission is to make retail space accessible to everyone. Hailed one of ‘the most disruptive companies of 2014’, by The Financial Times and chosen as one of Wired’s ‘100 Hottest Start Ups’, Appear Here has become the go-to destination to make innovative and creative retail ideas happen. Ross has been recently listed as one of the Evening Standard’s most influential Londoners and Business Insider’s 50 coolest people in tech.
Peter Lennon is Head of Landlord Partnerships at Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for shot-term retail space. Appear Here is used by thousands of brands and landlords every month to seamlessly connect great ideas to vacant spaces. Hailed as a “Digital game changer for the high street” by The Guardian, Appear Here has received investment from the previous backers of Hailo, Pinterest, Spotify and Trivago.
Prior to joining Appear Here, Peter was a Managing Director with The Blackstone Group, where he worked for 8 years. At Blackstone Peter was involved in the sourcing and execution of equity and debt investments across a variety of property types in the US and Europe. Prior to joining Blackstone Peter was an Analyst in Bank of America’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group based in San Francisco. A silicon valley native, Peter received a B.S. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.