Beer heads Stilke start-up in Austria, Switzerland

13 Feb 2017

Allthings Technologies, a Basel-based proptech start-up, named Robert Beer, an ex-Xing manager, as managing director of its operations in Austria and Switzerland.

He’ll presumably report to Allthings founder and CEO Stefan Zanetti. Allthings is backed by (among others) Marc Stilke, ImmobilienScout24’s former CEO (LinkedIn). Stilke is an Allthings advisor and shareholder.

Allthings is an app-based platform that bundles digital services for property owners and managers, and tenants of residential and commercial real estate.

Tenants and landlords can use the app, for instance, to communicate about repairs and maintenance via tickets. Apartment tenants can connect with neighbors, and book parking spaces with property managers.

Using “smart” devices, tenants and property owners can measure energy use in apartment and offices; and property managers can track parking space patterns.

Robert Beer, MD of Allthings in Austria and Switzerland (photo from his LinkedIn page with thanks)

In a news release (here in German), Allthings said, Beer will “play a major role in our cross-national digital communication and networking activities”, in addition to his country responsibilities.

The 48-year-old Swiss native became a shareholder of Allthings, the announcement stated.

Allthings launched early in 2013 as a platform operated by the firm Qipp. In September 2016, Qipp changed its name to Allthings as part of an international expansion strategy.

It currently operates in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

The app also allows property managers to integrate access to external services, such as local events and shopping information, moving services, and public transportation schedules. It is sold on a package basis to commercial users.

Beer’s experience to date matches well with the demands of Allthings – and it hints at the company’s ambitions. He has a background in classifieds, serving as Xing’s country manager for Austria and Switzerland until 2015, after which time he joined the Swiss jobs site MarkenJobs.ch.

This suggests Allthings might position itself in future to become a classifieds vendor, and perhaps widen its services beyond the real estate vertical.

And at least one prominent classifieds player sees potential in the start-up: Stilke, former head of ImmobilienScout24, was one of several investors in Allthing’s most recent funding round in May 2016. Then, the start-up raised just more than CHF 2 million ($2 million U.S.).

Before joining Xing in 2010, Beer was general manager at Cityguide AG, a company that develops app-based city guides and sells digital ad products to local businesses. He also worked for Ticketcorner.ch, a Swiss event tickets site.

Allthings’ competitors in the German-speaking region include Casavi, Myservice.immo and Animus.

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Kate Rodriguez

Kate Rodriguez covers the German market for AIM Group. She is a freelance business writer with an extensive background in public policy, business consulting and marketing. Originally from the U.S., Kate is now based in Munich.