Passionate about travelling and discovering new things, we love using technology to help tourists travel smarter and have the best experience whilst away and exploring new places. We do this from our office in London…where there is always something new to be discovered!

Tony Sandler

Founder & CEO

A passionate traveller, Tony loves to explore new places at any opportunity. With a background of approximately 10 years in sales, marketing and advertising, Tony has worked for both UK and global advertisers such as Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Nestlé and SEAT – both on the advertising agency side and as a marketer.

Having been born and brought up in London, as well as living in South Africa, Tony recently spent 2 ½ years living, working and studying in Barcelona (which, by his own admission, was not so bad!), where he gained an MBA from IESE Business School.

Stef Butlin

Back-End Developer

With a masters in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University, Stef has spent the last 20 years working in various technical roles at large companies such as Qualcomm, as well as being CTO of various startups such as Taptu, an award-winning mobile search company, and Testpad, which he founded himself.

When he has the time, he loves to get away with his family & go exploring in the mountains.

Renia Diamantopoulou

Data Analyst

Originally from Greece, Renia lived in Utrecht whilst studying Space Research and Astronomy and then moved to London to work on her PhD in Astrophysics at UCL. She has an active interest in coding and new technologies.

In her spare time you will find her with a cup of coffee walking the streets of London, travelling or planning her next trip. She also enjoys watching movies, making jewellery and playing PC games.

Dimitar Chakarov

iOS Developer

Dimitar enjoys meeting new people and listening to their stories. He has spent the last ten years developing software for web and mobile. When he’s not coding, he likes to spend time with his family, play games and read. His current goal is to map the streets of London to those in Ankh-Morpork and who knows – one day he could stumble upon CMOT Dibbler…

Lucy McKeone

Marketing

Having graduated from Oxford after studying History and English, Lucy has recently moved back to London. She spends her spare time wandering the city, and finding great places to eat. Drawn to social media marketing, having worked as her university Raise and Give online press officer, she loves creating original engaging digital content, and thinks every tweet can be improved with a pun. A keen traveller she has to arrive at the airport four hours early just in case, but often finds that with the holiday excitement the time flies by!

Brian Harniman

Advisor

With many years experience working at various successful e-commerce companies, including innovative travel ones, Brian has much useful advice to give to travel startups. Having started as one of Priceline.com’s earliest employees, he rose through the ranks to become the vice-president of marketing and business development over-seeing many of their purchases as well as their marketing as they grew rapidly. Feeling the entrepreneurial bug bite, Brian then left to work with various startup projects including Openlist, the web’s premier vertical search and discovery engine, and “Where I’ve been”, an innovative social media tool that went strongly viral on Facebook. Brian then worked as global EVP for sales and distribution at the fast-growing travel site Kayak before leaving to start his own travel business, Intravel. He currently advises various startups and loves to get away with his family whenever he can.

Adam Martin

CTO

Adam’s been programming and running tech teams for almost 20 years – in Digital Publishing, Video Games, and Online/SaaS startups. He ran a mobile dev studio for 5 years, shipping over 30 apps on iOS and Android. He’s spoken at industry and tech conferences around the world, and co-authored books and whitepapers on development and programming practice. As a seasoned traveller, Adam always knows where his towel is.

Ricardo Vinagre

Mobile Developer

Having lived and worked in 3 countries, and as a fluent speaker in 5 different languages, Ricardo very much enjoys the new experiences that travel gives him. A senior developer with a background working in financial services, he stepped out to pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavours, turning his attention to Android and iOS development. Just as comfortable exploring far-away nature or sipping a coffee watching the world go by in a city café, he tries to get away whenever he can.

Aftab Arab

Lead Designer

Aftab has extensive design experience having worked as a Lead Designer at busuu.com. He built up the design team, redesigned the website and created their apps for Android and iOS (UI and UX) that got featured by both Apple and Google.

Before that he was at Lastminute.com for 2 years working on Lastminute.com, Travelocity and Zuji. He redesigned their hotels and flights products on mobile and web.

In his spare time, he likes to work his magic in the kitchen and travel the world.

Leeroy Ding

iOS Developer

In his quest for a new life, Leeroy moved across the continent and dipped himself in a culture totally new to him. He enjoys listening to people, getting new ideas as well as fixing things than weren’t broken. Apart from exploring the city, his spare time also includes sending little green people into space, playing gwent and discuss peace with Nuclear Ghandi. And at least he’s (always) got chicken.

Oliver Schoen

Advisor

Originally from Germany but having lived in Spain too, Oliver has a multi-national background and a passion for travel. After an early career in consulting and achieving his MBA, Oliver decided to follow an entrepreneurial path. As the founder and CEO of mycitymate.com, he developed industry leading technology and was one of the early leaders in the mobile travel space, achieving more than 1 million downloads of their mobile app by 2008 and white labelling their solution for big travel brands including a leading global travel guide publisher. Oliver now consults and lectures on strategy and loves to get away with his family at any opportunity.

John Tomany

Advisor

In a 30 year career, John has experience of working in senior roles with a number of multi-national business including Philips, BICC and BT plc, including as BT’s Head of Partnerships and Head of Commercial Development for BT Internet & Multimedia Services. Over the past 12 years, John has been pursuing his more entrepreneurial passions and has run and mentored various start-ups acting as a consultant and director for a number internet businesses in the UK, USA, France and Israel. Armed with an engineering background, a BA(Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Masters in International Business from London Business School, John has a passion for travel and has worked and travelled throughout Europe, Asia, South Africa and North America.

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