Greg Materdomini spaceOS

Euro office apps target US with Convene, Knotel hires

spaceOS and essensys have become the latest well-funded European workspace management platforms to put significant resource into a North American sales and marketing drive.

spaceOS, with bases in Berlin, Dublin, London, Warsaw earlier this year raised €2.5m from Austrian commercial real estate group Immofinanz.

The firm was founded in 2016 in New York´s New Lab space by founder and serial entrepreneur Marley Fabisiewicz but has been developed since in Europe.

Greg Materdomini becomes the first full-time hire in the US and will head the sales operation out of New York. The former head of enterprise business development at coworking operator Convene, will lead spaceOS’ US expansion and revenue growth strategies, as the firm continues to scale its workspace operating system across 17 countries.

Materdomini has 20 years’ experience in technology, real estate and hospitality, as well as an MBA in marketing analytics and strategy. He has helped scale multiple startups and will add significant further experience to the spaceOS leadership team.

He said: “Over the past eight months in particular, the importance of technology in creating safe, flexible and human-centric workspaces has become abundantly clear. The opportunity to join the leading workspace operating system provider and scale spaceOS’ presence across the US, was something I could not pass up. I’m delighted to be part of a company truly shaping the future of workspace, and I’m looking forward to the immense opportunities that lie ahead.”

Jeremy Bernard Essensys

Jeremy Bernard, CEO North America at essensys

essensys, the global provider of software and technology to the flexible workspace industry, has appointed Jeremy Bernard as CEO of its North American business. He will be based in New York.

Bernard joins the London-listed group’s operating board and reports to Mark Furness, the group’s founder and CEO.

The incoming regional CEO will, the company said, “spearhead the scaleup of essensys’ North American business, bringing extensive and unique experience in delivering flexible office solutions, managing real estate portfolios and scaling property technology businesses.

Bernard most recently served as the global head of real estate for Knotel, one of the world’s largest flexible office providers.

Mark Furness, CEO of essensys, said: “Jeremy’s deep experience of real estate, technology and the flexible workspace sector will prove invaluable as we look to build on our existing success in the North American market.”

Bernard said: “It is an exciting time for the flexible workspace sector. Today’s occupiers expect agile and flexible real estate products that can meet their constantly changing needs. As the market opportunity grows, providers are faced with the challenges of delivering seamless and comprehensive space-as-a-service solutions quickly and effectively. Software and technology are critical components of rolling out and managing these solutions. I share the ambition essensys has to solve real problems in the industry and am excited to lead the business in the region. I look forward to leveraging my knowledge of real estate, tech and the flexible workspace industry to help our customers and our business be more successful.”

Bernard has been granted £618,000 worth of share options, exercisable after a year.

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