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Join us in connecting the cities of the future

 
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Our mission is to improve the user experience of buildings and connect people with what they love in and around them.

District Technologies is a young startup based in London, which has already been recognised as one of the rising stars of smart cities / property tech. We provide Real Estate players with SaaS to upgrade their buildings to be ready for the smart city revolution. Our founding team has a strong track record in real estate, technology, and scaling digital products (coming from places like Uber, WeWork, The Crown Estate, Interchange and BCG Digital Ventures).
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WHO BACKS US?

We have recently closed our Angel round of funding. Here's a few of the startups our investors have supported

 
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WHO ARE OUR PARTNERS AND CLIENTS?

We also have links deep and wide to the Real Estate and Property Tech industries. Our partners include...

 
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WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN US?

Ok, here's the hard sell. Five great reasons for you to apply to District and revolutionise Real Estate with us

 
 

1. JOIN A TEAM OF WINNERS BACKED BY INDUSTRY PROS

Our team has grown businesses 10X, disrupted industries and raised millions in funding. Our investors, partners and clients have deep experience in Real Estate and believe we can win again!

2. DISRUPT THE BIGGEST INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD

The Real Estate industry is worth trillions of dollars worldwide, but often it just doesn't work for the users of buildings. Join us to disrupt it and make Real Estate work for real people.

3. DEFINE THE CULTURE, CREATE A MOVEMENT

We're early stage, so anything is possible! Be part of the team who was there when it started. We already have a (shared) office dog, Etta 🐩

4. WORK WITH WHATEVER TECH YOU WANT

We're strong believers you should use the right tool for the job, and we are a meritocracy. If you've got a better architecture, approach or tool, bring it with you!

5. BUILD FROM A ROCK-SOLID BASE

Joining an early stage start-up can be risky, but we're mitigating those risks. We are already generating revenue in month six of the business, raised an 18 month runway and continuing to grow and delight our users

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WHO ARE WE?

We are a team of passionate technologists, entrepreneurs, strategists and growth hackers. We've come from some of the most important and disruptive businesses in the world such as Uber, WeWork, Boston Consulting Group and Rocket Internet. We have a track record in real estate founding co-working spaces like Interchange in London, and advising major players such as the Crown Estate

 
 

Vanessa Butz

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CEO

 
Vanessa is passionate about shaping the future of cities to improve everyone’s work and life experience. Having studied Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford University, she wrote her masters thesis on "Understanding the DNA of Strong Entrepreneurial Hubs” and took her theory into practice by building large technology and coworking campuses (Factory Berlin and Interchange Camden, Market-Tech). Working at the intersection of cities and technology, she has now founded District. 
 

Patrick Morselli

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COO

 
Patrick believes in a future where technology is invisible and ubiquitous. Part of the early team at Uber and WeWork, he is now founder of District. Patrick is exceptionally strong at go-to-market execution to exploit global opportunities. He designed and executed expansion strategies into 50+ markets globally: first at Uber, where he led launches in Europe and Latin America, and then at WeWork, where as Head of Global Expansion he achieved 10X scale. 
 

Chris Darby

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Product & Engineering

 
Chris heads up Product & Engineering for District Technologies. He manages a team of developers and designers who build the iOS and Android apps, as well as all the backend systems. Before joining District, Chris spent 4 years with the Boston Consulting Group initially as a strategy consultant and later as Senior Venture Architect within BCG's Digital Ventures arm. Chris holds an MEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College
 

Sean Stevens

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Head of Deployment

 
Sean is in charge of Deployment at District Technologies. Buildings are the spaces where everyone spends their lives, and Sean is passionate about positively impacting the way in which people interact with the buildings around them. He wrote his thesis at Oxford University on the entrepreneurial ‘milieux’ of start-up hubs, and since then has founded Oxford’s largest student-led conference, and a school with an alumni network of over 1000 students. Sean brings his expertise in building communities to the workplace.

WHAT ROLES ARE WE HIRING FOR?

Having successfully launched our MVP we are now looking to build a high performing engineering team to strengthen our core and expand the feature set to better connect people with the buildings and products & services they love around them. We are already generating revenue in month of the business and we’re continuing to grow by engaging the top Real Estate clients worldwide and delighting our users.

As we are a young start up and a small team, agility, scalability and strategic thinking are key. We expect our engineers to find the right tool to solve the job pragmatically and effectively. Our future product roadmap focuses on challenging hardware integrations, IoT, location-based services and a number of improvements to our core features. We want to hire the smartest people around, and we’re ready to reward them with generous stock and benefits, and with the opportunity to change the world around them.

 

Lead Software Engineer

Job Description

As Lead Software Engineer, you will be tasked with managing the technical development of all products in the District family (currently an iOS and Android app, a webapp for 3rd parties to respond to real-time customer requests, and a PHP CMS to manage content in the iOS & Android apps). You will have a 'test first' approach,  foster a culture of agile product building and apprenticeship, and be able to prioritise technical debt and new feature requirements. You will be supported in your role by the Head of Product & Engineering who will help you hire, coach and manage your team.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, test, deploy and maintain awesome product features

  • Manage individual and team priorities and deadlines

  • Coach and educate team members, including cross discipline

  • Advocate for judicious use of technology and automation within District

  • Support the team in deciding the prioritization of new features and hardware integrations

  • Keep the platform scalable and lean; our future lies in integrating a wide array of systems and stakeholders into one simple and user-centric UI

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Expertise with one or more general purpose programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Java, Go, Python or Objective C)

  • Knowledge of PHP and JavaScript / ECMAScript 2015

  • Industry experience with the following: web applications, iOS / Android native applications, database administration, Unix/Linux systems, AWS or other cloud infrastructure, distributed or parallel systems, networking, machine learning and/or security software development

  • Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically

Compensation is competitive with and a generous options plan.

 

Front End / Mobile Software Engineer

Job Description

As Front End / Mobile Software Engineer you will be tasked with maintaining and enhancing our customer facing app (currently an iOS and Android app built with React Native). You will need to balance code maintenance and new feature requests in our existing React Native apps, and deciding if and when we should migrate to fully native apps. From time to time you will be expected to use your expertise to define features and estimate work. You will be supported in your role by the Lead Software Engineer who will coach you and help you prioritise work.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, test, deploy and maintain awesome product features

  • Manage individual priorities and estimate effort required for work

  • Advocate for judicious use of technology and automation within District

  • Test and build for scalability; our future lies in integrating a wide array of systems and stakeholders into one simple and user-centric UI

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Expertise with one or more general purpose programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Java, Go, Python or Objective C)

  • Knowledge of JavaScript / ECMAScript 2015 and experience with React Native

  • Experience with either iOS native or Android native development

  • Industry experience with at least 2 of the following: web applications, Unix/Linux systems, AWS or other cloud infrastructure, distributed or parallel systems, networking, and/or security software development

  • Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically

Compensation is competitive with and a generous options plan.

 

Backend / DevOps Software Engineer

Job Description

As Backend / DevOps Software Engineer you will be tasked with maintaining and enhancing the services which support all our applications (currently a Symfony 2/PHP 7 application). You will need to move our software architecture to from a single service in to a scalable microservice platform, and build out a Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment pipeline. From time to time you will be expected to use your expertise to define features and estimate work. You will be supported in your role by the Lead Software Engineer who will coach you and help you prioritise work.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, test, deploy and maintain awesome product features

  • Manage individual priorities and estimate effort required for work

  • Advocate for judicious use of technology and automation within District

  • Test and build for scalability; our future lies in integrating a wide array of systems and stakeholders into one simple and user-centric UI

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Expertise with one or more general purpose programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Java, Go, Python or Objective C)

  • Experience with PHP and one other web backend language (e.g. Java, Go, Python or Ruby on Rails)

  • Experience with AWS or deployment to other cloud environment 

  • Industry experience with at least 2 of the following: web applications, Unix/Linux systems, AWS or other cloud infrastructure, distributed or parallel systems, networking, and/or security software development

  • Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically

Compensation is competitive with and a generous options plan.


Embedded Systems Engineer

Job Description

As Embedded Systems Engineer you will be tasked with building out integrations between our services and various building systems including access control, HVAC, lighting and other IoT devices. You will be responsible for technical integrations with multiple vendors and platforms, sometimes where APIs are not well documented. From time to time you will be expected to use your expertise to define features and estimate work. You will be supported in your role by the Lead Software Engineer who will coach you and help you prioritise work.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, test, deploy and maintain awesome product features

  • Manage individual priorities and estimate effort required for work

  • Advocate for judicious use of technology and automation within District

  • Test and build for scalability; our future lies in integrating a wide array of systems and stakeholders into one simple and user-centric UI

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • Expertise with one or more general purpose programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Java, Go, Python or Objective C)

  • Experience with embedded systems and standards (e.g. BACnet, CANBUS, RS485, RS232 or similar)

  • Experience with low-level / assembler programming (e.g. ARM, AVR or similar)

  • Experience building digital & analogue I/O (e.g. with Raspberry PIs, Arduino or similar industrial systems)

  • Industry experience with at least 2 of the following: web applications, Unix/Linux systems, AWS or other cloud infrastructure, distributed or parallel systems, networking, and/or security software development

  • Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically

Compensation is competitive with and a generous options plan.


Business Development Director

Job Description

As a Business Development Director, you will be in charge of leveraging and growing your network to set up meetings with the best landlords, real estate players or other sales channels that you will find over time to pitch and then close leads, driving the entire sales and negotiation process independently. As a business development director you will be in charge of sales, growing a sales team over time, developing partnerships and marketing initiatives to drive more sales.

It’s an exciting role, in which you’ll thrive if you like real estate, smart cities technologies (IoT, AI, connected hardware, etc.) and working together with sophisticated players from a variety of industries and backgrounds (real estate owners, property managers, hardware companies, tenants, etc.). To be successful, it takes an process-oriented analytical mindset, outgoing personable character traits for networking, a desire to close deals and win in a competitive market, leadership skills and personal growth willingness.

In addition, you will get the opportunity to work with true rock stars from technology, real estate, and consulting world, bringing their minds together to solve problems fast and smart.

This is a great opportunity for an entrepreneurial and ambitious real estate professional to stay in real estate but leave the traditional side of the table and join a fast growing smart cities startup in London.

Responsibilities

  • Source clients, typically landlords, property managers, tenants or others owning and managing the entire sales process;

  • Drive the pitching and negotiation process;

  • Interface with several stakeholders in District’s team and within the clients’ organizations;

  • Close the sale and transfer ownership of the account to the product team for deployment;

  • Build relationships and prospects through networking at events and conferences in London and abroad;

  • Create reports to provide insights for internal use as well as for all potential clients as marketing;

  • Build a sales team over time;

  • Build partnerships with other technology companies that provide synergies for sales;

  • Drive efficiency in the sales process, by accelerating the sales cycle and improving the tools used for presentation and pitching.

Minimum qualifications and experience

You are going to be very independent and really own this role with a large degree of freedom in how you manage your operations and team. We are happy to support you with our experience in highly operational companies (Uber, WeWork) but it will be ultimately your call.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial personality. Ideally, you have:

  • 1-3 years in real estate sales experience

  • Keen interest in real estate development

  • You love selling and are fast, swift and efficient

  • 1-3 years tech experience or sales experience in another market is a plus

  • Familiarity with the real estate market and transactions in London

  • You’re very independent and you can hit the ground running with little direction and supervision

  • You are able to interface in a clear and productive way with different functions, such as technology and marketing

  • Demonstrated research, analytical and presentation skills

  • Ability to manage and maintain databases in Excel and to create reports in word or illustrator.

Compensation is competitive with and a generous options plan.


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