Hostmaker announced as founding member of inclusive tech alliance

UK: Hostmaker has been announced as a founding member of an alliance which is being launched to improve diversity within the tech sector.

The Inclusive Tech Alliance (ITA) has been set up in response new research by agency Inclusive Boards that will show the sector is significantly lagging behind others on diversity within senior leadership.

ITA founder and member of the Prime Minister’s race disparity advisory board, Samuel Kasumu, said: “Technology is increasingly playing an important role in driving our economy and there is a great need to ensure that everyone can fully participate in the jobs and opportunities technology brings.

“Hostmaker and other organisations will be helping to find ways to inspire the next generation, and hopefully help to improve diversity within the sector,” he added.

Hostmaker is a leading vacation rentals management company in Europe, which is aiming to unlock the potential of every home by offering an end-to-end management service, utilising hospitality expertise, smart algorithmic pricing technology and innovative interior design.

Since being founded by entrepreneur Nakul Sharma in 2014, Hostmaker has expanded its operations to nine international destinations to date. These include London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Cannes, Florence and Bangkok, and Hostmaker manages over 2,000 uniquely curated homes across these markets.

Hostmaker also collaborates with partners such as Marriott International, Airbnb, TripAdvisor and Zoopla, and has hosted over 220,000 successful stays since 2014, generating profits exceeding £50m for homeowners so far.

Nakul Sharma, founder and CEO of Hostmaker said: “Hostmaker is very proud to be a founding member of ITA. Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our truly global business; half of our senior leaders are women, including our chairwoman of the board, and half are BAME.

“Globally, 53 per cent of our 300-strong workforce are women, and our employees speak 20 languages. We strive to build a culture of transparency and openness in the technology industry and are thrilled to have partners that can facilitate this vision,” he added.

For the alliance’s official launch, more than 100 firms will gather at the House of Commons, where the 100 most influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders in the UK tech sector will also be revealed. Those placed in the top 100 include senior leaders from Facebook, LinkedIn, IBM, Twitter and financial services firm EY.

The Inclusive Tech Alliance is set to host various initiatives over the coming year, and members will be contributing to efforts to drive change at policy and implementation levels.