About

District Technologies is headquartered in London and has been recognised as one of the rising stars of smart cities / property tech. We believe that every building should have its own identity and USP.

We are transitioning building technology into the 21st Century, ready for the smart city revolution.

Who are we?

We are a diverse team of passionate technologists, entrepreneurs, growth hackers and real estate experts – we used to work at Uber, WeWork, The Crown Estate, Interchange, BCG Digital Ventures, Savills and PwC. We are continually challenging our product to ensure it is the best and most technologically advanced on the market.

Vanessa Butz

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

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.

Hannah Prideaux

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Hannah has 12 years of real estate experience in both the corporate and PropTech worlds. She started her career at Savills where she qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and continued in the advisory space at PwC, before moving into PropTech. She has a strong real estate network and enjoys helping landlords and companies upgrade their building technology and engage with their users.

James Goldthorpe

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

James studied BA Property Development & Planning at UWE Bristol and wrote his dissertation on the feasibility of developers to pursue commercial carbon neutral developments. During university he worked for Apple, which is where his interest in technology and the built environment stemmed from.

Dan McKenzie

SOFTWARE LEAD

Dan is responsible for the development of District. With an eye to the future and passion for integrating everyday life with technology, Dan draws on valuable experience honed through a global platform he founded in 2012 – connecting adults through online gaming. He holds a BSc in Music Technology from De Montfort University.

Pavel Racu

BACKEND DEVELOPER

Pavel has worked as a C++ developer for Renault and Natixis Bank, but his true passion is Java. As part of the backed development team he is responsible for delivering the best user experience possible. He is passionate about Linux, Java and coffee!

Rafael Fernandes

BACKEND DEVELOPER

Rafael is a backend developer; he prefers to develop in Java and Python but isn’t scared of going out of his comfort zone and learning new skills. He enjoys developing his knowledge and learning new skills to support his team to develop the best product for District and its users.

Pete Hallett

CTO

Pete is an enthusiastic open source technologist with a track record in delivering products across a number of platforms and industries. His passions lay in building expert “can do” teams that can turn complexity into simplicity to deliver user centric products and stakeholders business value. Pete has founded and scaled start-ups developing class-leading user centered products specialising in mobile, data, IoT, access control and mapping. Most recently he has focused on what a future city needs from a GovTech perspective, bringing the users closer to the physical assets of a city by meeting user needs with well organised data, technology and experiences.

Patrick Morselli

CO-FOUNDER

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.

Justin Haylock

LEAD DEVELOPER

Justin has over 20 years experience in web, mobile and desktop development, for a range of industries. He’s spent the last 5 years working for government in consultancy and development roles, managing teams and projects, and designing new innovative technology solutions to help people.

Jed Stanton

DEPLOYMENT MANAGER

Jed studied Biochemistry at the University of Leeds and has a Graduate Diploma in Law. He is an analytical guru and enjoys building relationships with District’s clients. He loves travelling and spent several months exploring China and Japan after graduating.

Diogo Mota

FRONTEND DEVELOPER

Diogo is a frontend developer, but he’s not scared of the backend. He is always looking to improve and learn new skills and his goal is to become a full stack developer. He is excited about technology and its integration with everyday life, as well as an enthusiastic motorcycle rider.

Claudiu Danaila

UI / UX DESIGNER

Claudiu is a multidisciplinary designer who loves the web, beauty and all things that are enjoyable to use. He strives to create the best possible visual experiences by solving common problems through design. In his approach, simplicity is what he values the most.

Vanessa Butz

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

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.

Pete Hallett

CTO

Pete is an enthusiastic open source technologist with a track record in delivering products across a number of platforms and industries. His passions lay in building expert “can do” teams that can turn complexity into simplicity to deliver user centric products and stakeholders business value. Pete has founded and scaled start-ups developing class-leading user centered products specialising in mobile, data, IoT, access control and mapping. Most recently he has focused on what a future city needs from a GovTech perspective, bringing the users closer to the physical assets of a city by meeting user needs with well organised data, technology and experiences.

Hannah Prideaux

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Hannah has 12 years of real estate experience in both the corporate and PropTech worlds. She started her career at Savills where she qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and continued in the advisory space at PwC, before moving into PropTech. She has a strong real estate network and enjoys helping landlords and companies upgrade their building technology and engage with their users.

Patrick Morselli

CO-FOUNDER

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.

James Goldthorpe

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

James studied BA Property Development & Planning at UWE Bristol and wrote his dissertation on the feasibility of developers to pursue commercial carbon neutral developments. During university he worked for Apple, which is where his interest in technology and the built environment stemmed from.

Justin Haylock

LEAD DEVELOPER

Justin has over 20 years experience in web, mobile and desktop development, for a range of industries. He’s spent the last 5 years working for government in consultancy and development roles, managing teams and projects, and designing new innovative technology solutions to help people.

Dan McKenzie

SOFTWARE LEAD

Dan is responsible for the development of District. With an eye to the future and passion for integrating everyday life with technology, Dan draws on valuable experience honed through a global platform he founded in 2012 – connecting adults through online gaming. He holds a BSc in Music Technology from De Montfort University.

Jed Stanton

DEPLOYMENT MANAGER

Jed studied Biochemistry at the University of Leeds and has a Graduate Diploma in Law. He is an analytical guru and enjoys building relationships with District’s clients. He loves travelling and spent several months exploring China and Japan after graduating.

Pavel Racu

BACKEND JAVA DEVELOPER

Pavel has worked as a C++ developer for Renault and Natixis Bank, but his true passion is Java. As part of the backed development team he is responsible for delivering the best user experience possible. He is passionate about Linux, Java and coffee!

Diogo Moto

FRONTEND DEVELOPER

Diogo is a frontend developer, but he’s not scared of the backend. He is always looking to improve and learn new skills and his goal is to become a full stack developer. He is excited about technology and its integration with everyday life, as well as an enthusiastic motorcycle rider.

Rafael Fernandes

BACKEND DEVELOPER

Rafael is a backend developer; he prefers to develop in Java and Python but isn’t scared of going out of his comfort zone and learning new skills. He enjoys developing his knowledge and learning new skills to support his team to develop the best product for District and its users.

Claudiu Danaila

UI / UX DESIGNER

Claudiu is a multidisciplinary designer who loves the web, beauty and all things that are enjoyable to use. He strives to create the best possible visual experiences by solving common problems through design. In his approach, simplicity is what he values the most.

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