Tomer Bercoviz, chief executive of Vonder, on how he got started in the property industry. He also shares his cultural tips, the historical figure he’d most like to meet and what he’d do with a million pounds.
How did you join the property industry?
Since my teenage years, I have always been interested in real estate and architecture. I hold an MBA in financial engineering and real estate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and I feel lucky that I have been able to use my knowledge and experience of commercial property in different roles throughout my career.
What does your job entail?
My mission as the co-founder and chief executive of Vonder is to use my background in real estate, design and technology to connect people and provide a sense of home and belonging anywhere. Vonder reinvents extended stays, which cater for the unique millennial taste. Our goal is to create the biggest global community of young professionals and digital nomads.
What do you like most about the property industry?
I think that even though the property industry is probably one of the ‘old-world’ industries, there is still so much space to innovate and come up with fresh ideas.
What would you like to change about the property industry?
We at Vonder want to make accommodation and housing more achievable for renters to enjoy, especially in key urban locations where prices can naturally be a lot higher. With our unique concept, we offer our tenants minimum stress and maximum experience.
What barriers or challenges have you overcome?
I have been in plenty of situations where I have faced resistance from people, who have told me that things are not possible. However, I believe it is always possible to find solutions for any challenges.
What are you most proud of in your career?
Being a university lecturer, where I educated the younger generation who were eager to learn and acquire the necessary tools to grow and develop themselves.
What do you value in people?
Loyalty, integrity and dedication. Both in my work and personal life, I like being surrounded by problem-solvers who I can trust to make rational independent decisions. I also appreciate self-starters and autodidacts, who use their intuition and natural capabilities to guide them through life.
What advice would you give someone starting a career in the property industry?
Find the ideal business environment for you to succeed and shine in.
Be confident in yourself, but always be open to different thoughts and perspectives. I am a big advocate of being aware of the input of others, as I believe it can be the most effective way to foster collaboration and creativity within a team.