Badi, the AI-driven room rental marketplace has announced its latest senior hire.
Miguel Andrés, formerly Google’s senior engineer lead joins the company as the new chief technology officer with the aim of continuing to transform the property sector following the company’s recent $30m Series B funding announcement.
Badi is an end-to-end platform that connects landlords with potential tenants through the use of AI. The company allows anyone to publish, find and book a room from anywhere in the world.
New hire opens the Silicon Valley door
With this new hire, Badi not only opens the door to attract talent from one of the world’s great technology hubs, Silicon Valley, but also integrates one of the engineers responsible for strategic development areas at Google, San Francisco.
Andrés leaves the Google HQ where he was the global leader of Google Pay’s public transport service (with launches in the US and the United Kingdom, among other countries). Previously he was in charge of the engineering team that led the launch of Google Pay in Japan and several projects related to security at Google.
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The strategic move demonstrates the importance of technological development for Badi, which aims to become the world’s largest and most innovative real estate marketplace.
Andrés commented that his vocation at a professional level has always been to apply technology to have a positive impact on daily life:
“I have spent my entire career looking for opportunities to improve the quality of life of people through technology and with Badi I have found a company that, on the one hand, helps people in a significant way and, on the other, presents many very interesting technological challenges.”
“Badi’s hyper-growth generates all kinds of technological challenges, including scaling up the platform to absorb our explosive growth, improve the payment platform to support our monetisation strategy and tackle the most advanced anti-fraud techniques. The platform is on track to become the marketplace of the largest real estate sector in the world and I am very excited to join the incredible Badi team to face these challenges.”
A little history
The company, which started in 2015, has managed to reach 1.5 million users and more than 200,000 rooms listings in four years, in addition to being present in major European capitals, such as London, Paris , Madrid, Barcelona and Rome. This year also saw the announcement of a successful Series B round of $30m.
Currently employing 65 people, Badi aims to expand the workforce to 100, with the positions of: chief operating officer, general manager and vice president of growth for the main markets.