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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London17th December 2018
Renaissance are pleased to announce the appointment of Huw Owen as VP EMEA at Couchbase.
Couchbase is a leading enterprise transformation organisation using NoSQL database solutions. They are at the forefront of disrupting the $40B database market with a platform that revolutionises digital innovation. The solution delivers scale, performance and agility, enabling the most demanding organisations to fundamentally redesign and architect their digital architecture. Couchbase is currently used in over 20 of the Fortune 100 and has raised over $150M in funding from leading funding Venture Capitalists including Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund and Sorenson Capital.
The incoming VP EMEA, Huw Owen, joins from Tanium where he held the title RVP for Northern Europe. Earlier in his career Huw was number two in EMEA for Symantec, VP EMEA at Good Technology and ran the entire Services organisation for Lenovo in EMEA.
For more information visit www.couchbase.com
London29th November 2018
Paddle is a UK headquartered software company that provides an all-in-one commerce platform for independent software vendors. Regularly cited as one of London’s fastest growing software businesses, Paddle is backed by a syndicate that includes Notion Capital, British Growth Fund and Kindred Capital.
Adam joined Paddle from Conversocial where he spent the previous three years running global sales. His task is to continue their exceptional growth rate both by revenue and team size.
For more information please visit: www.paddle.com
Spain1st October 2018
Wallapop has appointed Rob Cassedy as their new CEO who will bring his expertise in high volume consumer technologies to help guide the company towards a new stage of growth.
Cassedy has spent the last three years as CEO of eBay Kleinanzeigen in Germany, the largest classifieds business in Europe with nearly 500 million monthly visits and 30 million active ads. Earlier in his career, he led the European expansion for eBay Inc. Prior to this he started his career in strategic consulting at Mars & Co.
“I am delighted to join Wallapop in this exciting stage of its evolution and wishing to work with a great team that has demonstrated a solid trajectory in customer-centric innovation,” Cassedy said.
Agus Gómez, who co-founded and directed Wallapop during the first six years, will assume the role of President for the company from where he will support Rob in this new stage.
“Rob and I share the same vision about the new generation of online classifieds that Wallapop is leading,” Gomez said. “Rob’s experience in managing high growth and profitability in classifieds in Europe is a great reinforcement for Wallapop and our future ambitions.”
Wallapop is the leading internet classifieds company in Spain and one of the key global players of a new pure mobile approach that is disrupting the industry. With over 40 million users and more than 100m products uploaded onto the Wallapop website they have taken the industry by storm. The company aspires to make a collaborative and more sustainable world by launching a hyper-local mobile marketplace for buying and selling second hand goods. Founded in Barcelona by Agustin Gomez in 2013, by 2015 Wallapop had expanded across the globe into countries including France, UK, Mexico, Brazil and the US where it was the top downloaded app in a matter of weeks. In 2015, Wallapop had their greatest achievement to date, receiving the TechCrunch Europe Award for best mobile application of the year. Investors include; NEA, Insight Venture Partners, Accel and Naspers.
For more information visit: http://www.wallapop.com
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VP and GM Europe
London21st September 2018
Experienced Digital Executive Olivier Van Calster is joining the fast-growing StockX to lead its European expansion. StockX, one of the fastest growing online marketplaces in the world, was founded in 2015, and launched in February 2016 out of Detroit in the U.S.
Olivier joins after a successful three-year stint with talent management platform Talmix, where he served as CEO.
His early career encompassed senior Marketing and Commercial leadership roles with FT.com and eBay before moving to Ancestry.com, where he spent five years building its international business across Europe, Australia and Canada as SVP, International. Ancestry is the world’s largest Family History Platform. Olivier is an INSEAD MBA.
Co-founded in February 2016 by CEO Josh Luber, StockX COO Greg Schwartz, and Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit-based StockX launched in February 2016. Known as the world’s first “Stock Market of Things,” StockX enables the buying and selling of high-demand consumer products, including sneakers, watches, handbags and streetwear. StockX connects buyers and sellers by the same methods as the world’s stock markets – using anonymity and standardization to provide real-time market pricing and complete transparency. All products are physically inspected and authenticated by StockX. The platform also supplies in-depth market analysis, individual portfolio tracking, historical sales and volume metrics.
Operating in a market where the sneaker resale market alone is estimated at $1bn and growing, StockX averages more than 8M unique visitors per month, more than $2M per day in total marketplace sales (GMV), and is nearing a $1bn annual GMV run rate in just over two years of operation.
StockX is backed by leading Silicon Valley-based VCs including GV and Battery Ventures, as well as noted celebrity investors such as Eminem, Mark Wahlberg, famed DJ Steve Aoki, model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, streetwear designer Don C, Salesforce Founder Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, Ted Leonsis, AOL’s Tim Armstrong, Scooter Braun and Ron Conway.
For more information visit: www.stockx.com
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UK20th September 2018
Renaissance led the search for a VP Engineering to join this highly regarded build-your-own computer success story. Key to the search was to find a tech leader with experience spanning hardware and software as well as a background in growth stage businesses.
Mal Minhas joins from Amazon where he led the Amazon Video Distribution Software Engineering team. Mal has also held technology leadership roles at Vertu, Adobe and Apple, he has an MSc in Computer Science from Imperial College London. Founded in 2013, Learn-to-code start-up Kano, whose products aim to turn kids into digital makers is a new kind of computer company. Their mission is to make it simple and fun for anyone, anywhere to make and play with technology. Their first kit, which broke records on Kickstarter, gives young people the chance to build and code their own computer, with simple steps, powerful projects and creative tools.
Kano closed a $28M Series B last year — and has raised some $44.5M in total. Investors include Index Ventures and Breyer Capital.
For further information visit www.kano.me
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London18th September 2018
Peter has a distinguished career in technology leadership in the hospitality sector and has won several awards whilst building out the technology capability at Soho House during its international expansion. Peter is ideally suited to lead all things technology related at TOG as they embark on their own international growth journey following investment from Blackstone.
TOG is home to one of the most creative, exciting and forward-thinking working communities in the UK. They have pioneered the concept of the shared workspace in Britain. In June 2017 Blackstone (a global leader in Real Estate investing) acquired a majority interest in the business, beginning a new era for TOG. As a result there is a huge amount of excitement about what the future holds in terms of opening new locations and defining innovative ways of addressing how people wish to work.
For further information visit www.theofficegroup.co.uk
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London10th September 2018
Eve Sleep has announced the appointment of James Sturrock as its new Chief Executive, replacing Co-Founder and Chief Executive Jas Bagniewski, who resigned two months ago. Eve Sleep is a pioneer of luxury sleep solutions, promising the perfect start to every day thanks to a guaranteed great night’s sleep. They starting trading in 2015 and have since grown the team to over 100, with offices across Europe and North America.
Sturrock, who was previously Managing Director of online gifts and card retailer Moonpig, steps into his new role at the online bedding this September. During his leadership at Moonpig, he delivered four consecutive years of double-digit revenue and EBITDA growth, expanded the product offering and led the successful rebranding of the business in 2017. Prior to Moonpig, Sturrock was part of Direct Line Group and formerly Direct Line Insurance where he held a number of senior divisional and marketing roles across the company before becoming General Manager of the Commercial Direct Division within the Direct Line Group in 2012.
Alongside Sturrock’s appointment, Nikki Crumpton has independently been appointed to Eve Sleep’s Board as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect, replacing Peter Hepworth who has decided to step down from his role.
“Today’s appointments are a major coup for Eve and a strong endorsement of our business and its growth potential,” Chairman Paul Pindar said. “I am delighted that such a high calibre Chief Executive in James is joining the business. His proven experience in leading and developing online companies will be essential in driving Eve forward to seize the substantial market opportunity ahead.”
Sturrock added: “I am excited to be joining the business at this point in its journey. Eve is a brand-leader with an outstanding product range, operating within an exciting and developing market place with a real opportunity ahead. I look forward to building on the strong foundations in place and taking the business on to achieve its potential.”
For more information visit: www.evemattress.co.uk
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Worldwide Sales Vice President
San Francisco4th September 2018
Moovit is the world’s largest urban mobility data and analytics company and the #1 transit app with over 2500 cities logged into their system, across 83 countries, and can be used in 44 languages. More than 100 cities and global events, including Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.
About Frank Kopas
Frank Kopas was the General Manager of Americas at Aconex acquired by Oracle for $1.2B, he was responsible for revenue growth and executing the go-to-market strategy in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America and globally for all Americas-based key accounts. During his stay, he led a growing sales and services team across 13 offices. P&L management with a focus on exceeding bookings, revenue and profitability goals, are some of his abilities. Frank also has experience working at iPhrase Technologies, Banter systems, Xoriant, Brio Technology, and HP.
Frank holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
For more information visit www.moovit.com
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