Madrid9th January 2019
Spotahome is the first platform designed for direct booking of accommodation of 30 days or more, taking away one of the biggest headaches for people planning to move abroad and making/finding a new home secure, transparent, fast and easy. Spotahome operates in 10 European cities (Milan, Rome, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Valencia, Lisbon, Brussels, Madrid), with a headcount of more than 270 people, most of who work in its headquarters in Madrid.
The company has raised significant investment, notable from US giant Kleiner Perkins and some of Europe’s leading ‘Founder / Investor’ venture capital firms including Nordic Makers, Samaipata Ventures, and Arthur Kostens, one of the Founders at Booking.com and currently one of Europe’s most successful growth stage investors.
Cleo joined Spotahome to oversee the overall performance and efficiency of the business, she joined after four successful years at Uber as Head of Regional Operations EMEA.
For more information please visit: www.spotahome.com
London9th January 2019
Vic Darvey has joined AIM listed Purplebricks as Chief Operating Officer, starting in January 2019. Purplebricks announced that “Vic brings a proven record of technology delivery and leadership of cutting-edge data-led, customer-focused, commercial innovation”.
Before arriving at Purplebricks, Darvey has spent 20 years’ as a digital leader specialising in consumer brands. His most recent role has been a five year stint at price comparison giant MoneySupermarket Group where he was Managing Director of its three key businesses MoneySuperMarket, TravelSupermarket and MoneySavingExpert, which Martin Lewis sold to the company for £87 million during Darvey’s time there.
Before that he held senior roles at online travel company LastMinute.com, starting out his career building a tech firm that is the power behind the websites of many leading travel firms including Expedia, Opodo, Thomas Cook, TUI and Kuoni.
Purple Bricks is an online real estate agent that helps its clients to sell, buy, and let their properties. Their mission is to be the world’s most innovative, caring and modern real estate agency that has their people and customers at the very heart of everything they do.
Founded in 2014 by two highly experienced industry professionals, Michael and Kenny Bruce, Purple Bricks has since seen phenomenal growth. The Bruce brothers invested all of their money into building technology, employing an infrastructure, creating TV adverts and a brand in addition to the recruitment and training of Local Property Experts for launch. They then attracted further outside investment to scale quickly post launch. The company now operates in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Purple Bricks successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange in December 2015. Since then the Company has expanded its market share considerably, launched into the £3.3bn Australian estate agent market in September 2016 and more recently into the US in September 2017 and Canada in 2018.
For further details: www.purplebricks.co.uk
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