Google’s former Senior Engineering Lead, Miguel Andrés joins the AI driven room rental marketplace

Badi, the AI-driven room rental marketplace today 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 $30 million Series B funding announcement.

Badi, the AI-driven room rental marketplace today 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 $30 million Series B funding announcement.

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.

Miguel Andrés leaves the Google HeadQuarters 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.

Revolutionising the sector using AI to match flatmates, this strategic move allows the cutting-edge app to add further expertise to its technological development. This in turn has allowed incumbent CTO, Alberto Betella to take a step back to focus further on the wider business strategy as a keyboard advisor at badi.

Regarding his incorporation into badi, Miguel commented that his vocation at a professional level has always been to apply technology to have a positive impact on daily life:

Andrés commented, “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”.

He adds, “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 monetization 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.”

The company, which started in 2015, is experiencing constant growth and has managed to reach 1.5 million users and more than 200,000 rooms listed 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 $30 million and places the company as the key player to transform the real estate sector.

During 2019, badi aims to expand the workforce to 100 people, currently there are 65, with the positions of: COO, Chief Operating Officer, General Manager for the main markets and Vice President of Growth, among others. This will see badi continue to fulfill its mission whilst also attracting international talent.

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