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The Plum Guide

The Plum Guide is building a marketplace of the world’s best holiday homes. We are the Michelin Guide of the sharing economy. Our ambition is to revolutionise the travel market at large.

  • Founded 2015
  • 16-50 Employees
  • 6-15 Engineers
  • Travel

About The Plum Guide

About Us

The Plum Guide is building an online marketplace of the world’s best holiday homes. You can think of us as the Michelin Guide of the sharing economy.

We are taking a systematic and obsessive approach to testing every single home on the planet, and accepting only the top 1%. We do so by putting every home through The Plum Test: a gruelling hospitality exam, which uses a mix of algorithms and physical visits by hospitality experts.

Customers love it because we remove the hit and miss nature of Airbnb, HomeAway, and the like. Hosts love it because we recognise their craftsmanship with a badge that drives incremental bookings. Our ambition is to revolutionise the travel market and sharing economy at large.

Our Journey

The co-founders started the business in late 2015. We build our platform from scratch in 3 months and launched in February 2016. Fast forward to now, we went from 4 co-founders to a team of 25 and with average sales growth of
30% month on month, breaking the £3m mark on bookings. Beyond that we are looking to grow to £800m GBV in the
next 4 years. This involves Plum having homes in multiple mega cities.

Our seed funding closed October 2016 from an all-star cast including Local Globe (TransferWise, Songkick, and Citymapper), Alex Chesterman (Founder of Zoopla), William Reeve (Founder of Love Film), Alex Saint and Troy Collins (Founders of Secret Escapes), Jason Goodman (Founder of Albion).

We closed our Series A round of funding (£5.7m) in November 2017 with Octopus Ventures and BGF Ventures, and now are setting our sights on taking Plum global. The first city we are opening is Paris.

Technology

In our view, most digital products work well or look good. It seems like never both and it’s our ambition to change that. We are building a business that brings world-leading technical excellence alongside incredible visual creatives and brand builders to be globally successful.

The nature of our business throws up really interesting technical challenges on a daily basis. As we grow and scale our platform around the world, those challenges become even more complex and interesting.

We need people who are excited by this prospect. We need people who get a kick out of solving hard problems across the stack from cloud, database, middleware, server, client to browser.

We are looking for all-round outstanding characters.

Interview Process

  1. Short Telephone Interview (30 mins)
  2. Face to Face Interview to learn about The Plum Guide, our ambitions and the role. Includes code review and problem-solving.
  3. A second shorter on-site interview where you'll meet the tech team, Founders

This is our typical interview process, but is subject to change where necessary.

Night out with the team
The Plum Guide - Night out with the team
Our office space near Old Street, London
The Plum Guide - Our office space near Old Street, London
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Tech Stack
  • C#
  • .NET
  • MVC
  • Core 2.0
  • Web API
  • EF
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • AWS
  • Azure
  • SQL
  • NoSql
  • Redis
  • Elastic
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Grunt
  • Webpack
  • Bitbucket
  • Git
  • Jira
  • Slack

Perks
  • Be surrounded by smart people
  • Be part of a close-knit and growing tech team that are going places
  • Work on a stack that you can call your own with latest software and tools
  • Lots of learning! Over the next months and years you will have worked on a variety of projects and technologies that pushed boundaries
  • Own stuff. A lot of stuff. You will have tons of responsibility and own your “projects”
  • You inevitably will become one of the most sought-after developers in London
  • Competitive salary and generous options scheme: our ambitions are huge and we hope it pays out for all
  • Be part of a transparent and open culture

Investors
  • Octopus Ventures
  • BGF Ventures
  • Local Globe
  • Alex Chesterman (Founder of Zoopla)
  • William Reeve (Founder of Love Film)
  • Alex Saint and Troy Collins (Founders of Secret Escapes)
  • Jason Goodman (Founder of Albion) and many more


Investors
  • Octopus Ventures
  • BGF Ventures
  • Local Globe
  • Alex Chesterman (Founder of Zoopla)
  • William Reeve (Founder of Love Film)
  • Alex Saint and Troy Collins (Founders of Secret Escapes)
  • Jason Goodman (Founder of Albion) and many more