Digital office broker Hubble has doubled its technology team, with an influx of data scientists, software developers and product managers as the firm prepares to roll out across the UK.
The Hubble platform lists more than 5,000 offices and says it places a business in a new office on average once every three hours. The product currently offers services across Manchester and London, the latter of which has the biggest flexible market in the world with 1,200 flexible office buildings, ahead of New York on 700. The firm is planning to roll out the product to the rest of the UK in the next 12-18 months.
The hires follow completion of a £4m Series A funding round led by JLL Spark in January, which marked the first European investment for the venture capital arm of the property and investment management giant. The funding is being used to invest further into Hubble’s technology platform, with the firm’s sights set on becoming “the Booking.com of flexible office space worldwide”.
The firm has made eight tech hires over the past four months, taking the company to a total of 43 staff. Rick Hartley has been recruited as lead designer, who brings experience from Compare the Market, The Sunday Times and EDF Energy; Alexandre Richardson joins as data scientist to build the data set internationally; Ryan Crawford has been hired as Quality Assurance lead; Nathan Bratby and Chloe Donegan join as product managers; and, Isabela Hodorog, Stella Loizou and Ollie Crook have been hired on the product engineer team.
The property advisory team has also recently been boosted by the hiring of Mark Lewarne, ex-IWG, as director of special projects, and Holly Hardy and Freddie Cousens joining from GL Hearn and Colliers International respectively.
Tom Watson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hubble, said: “Technology has already transformed the way we work and is overturning the world of commercial real estate. Our platform allows businesses to search the whole of the flexible office market by up-to-date pricing, availability, contract length and amenities.
“Such a large data infrastructure requires the right team to build and maintain – from the live information right through to the user experience. Our latest recruits will help us in our ambition to create the world’s largest platform for flexible office space, and we’re looking forward to expanding our team at all levels to achieve this.”
When Hubble was founded in 2014, Tushar Agarwal says their average client was a “5-person startup needing desks in a coworking space for a few months”. Now, with demand for flexible office space rising across the board, the firm is setting about gearing their offering increasingly towards bigger businesses of 50 people or more.
To date, Hubble has found office space for companies including Monzo Bank, Pinterest, Etsy and Jaguar Land Rover.