October 28, 2020

Hot & Hiring: 🇬🇧 London's 🇬🇧 Top 10 Tech Startups

Despite all, London’s startup scene lives on, and thrives.

Each week, we'll be shining a light on the hottest startups around the world hiring makers. Sign up to get the next 🔥 & hiring in your inbox. This week, London. According to Startup Genome's recent report, London’s life sciences sector (Medtech), with its 350 companies, is experiencing steady growth along with its stalwart sister Fintech. With such a great framework, it’s no wonder we’re still seeing phenomenal technological innovation and growth in our home town. 👏🏽

That being said, it’s become increasingly hard to choose among the best to work for, or see who's currently hiring those maker jobs, which is exactly what we're doing with our new sh*t hot & hiring series. 

To help make it as easy as possible for you to spot the best London tech companies to work for, this series breaks down each company by the following criteria:

⚖️ Why you should give a sh*t (a.k.a values)
🕸️ Sector
😗 Size
💰 Funding
🧀 Leadership
🔗 Link to live maker roles 

Here are our 10 curated top tech startups that are hiring, in London this October. Fill ya boots. 


Fluidly combines financial data and machine learning to automate cashflow forecasting for businesses, helping business owners sleep better at night by helping them get cash in the bank when they need it. Wired included them in their Top 100 European startups, as one of the ‘Hot 10’ in the Fintech50, as well as winning the 2020 Xero Practice App of the Year award.

Why you should give a sh*t
Fluidly’s values are “we care, we are straightforward, we step up, we find the right solution and we are together”. Team members have described it as a “"Interesting and challenging environment full of nice, intelligent people".

Sector: Fintech
Size: 50 ppl
Funding: Total of $15.5m, Octopus, Nyca and Anthemis, Grant from Capability and Innovation Fund
Leadership: Caroline Plumb, Johnnie Ball, Shafali Gupta, Michael Hancock, John Sheekey

Fluidly are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ

City Pantry

City Pantry set out to improve the catering options available to companies in London. Their VP is ‘making working lives better through great food’, whether your teams are in the office or working from home.  Its marketplace connects local caterers to businesses that need quality food delivered to their offices or to cover events, meetings and regular team meals. 

Why you should give a sh*t:
What stood out about their Employer Value Prop was that they promise that when working at City Panty “you’ll own your day-to-day”, you’ll grow, you’ll be pushed hard and you’ll learn from everyone”. 

Sector: Food marketplace
Size: 100 ppl
Funding: Acquired by Just East for £16 million in July 2019
: Alex Jones, Mike Strange

City Pantry are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ

Grakn Labs

Grakn is an intelligent database that handles a higher-order of data complexity through knowledge engineering. Their technology helps organisations in various industries, including Life Sciences, Defence & Security, Financial Services and Robotics, to build intelligent systems that will change the world. In 2017, they were awarded Product of the Year by the University of Cambridge.

Why you should give a sh*t:
They’re looking to build a team of individuals who are not just the best and brightest in what they do, but also driven by a strong sense of purpose and compassion for the world. Grakn are ready to scale, so a good time to get on board and make a real impact.

Sector: Software
22 ppl
Total of £6.3m, Animatrix Capital
Haikal Pribadi, Tomás Sabat 

Grakn Labs are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ


Online fraud, they say, is as high as £11bn per annum, with payment fraud increasing by 53% per year. Shieldpay aims to eliminate payment fraud so that everyone, everywhere, can transact with each other with total confidence.

Why you should give a sh*t:
Their team "is filled with ambitious, curious and entrepreneurial people and they hire and nurture inquisitive, creative minds” With a number of maker jobs available and a steep trajectory, now may be the time to take a look at Shieldpay.  

Sector: Fintech
Size: 50 ppl
Funding:  Total of $15.5m, Force Over Mass Capital and Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars - London are the most recent investors.
Leadership: Peter Janes , Simon Masters, Christopher Young 

Shieldpay are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ


Medtech startup Thriva provides the UK's most convenient, at home finger prick blood test. Having recently launched its Predicted Results service, it can now provide anyone with a 95% accurate benchmark on their blood results, without having to do a test. The service is available for free, accessible to all and takes less than five minutes to complete.

Why you should give a sh*t:
Some things to pique your interest are a comprehensive benefits package, a set of values that speak to humility, caring and hard work as well as good glassdoor juju. 

Sector: Medtech
Size: 60 ppl
Funding: Total of £11.5m Target Global, Guinness Asset Management, Pembroke VCT
Leadership: Hamish Grierson, Gabriela Matias, Eliot Brooks, Vishal Shah, Tom Livesey 

Thriva are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ


Think: habit tracking and money management app, all wrapped up in an extremely intelligent chatbot. Cleo sits above your bank accounts and uses AI to analyse your spending and provide actionable insights. Launched in 2016, Cleo is a fast-growing start-up, backed by the founders of Skype, Transferwise and Zoopla.

Why you should give a sh*t:
Strong and approachable employer value proposition and tone of voice that heralds “0 bean bags”. Their values are “Make a difference, iterate with data, make good vibes”.They’re hiring, big time. 

Sector: Fintech
Size: 90 ppl
Funding: Total of $13.3m, Triplepoint Capital, Balderton Capital, Local Globe
Leadership: Barnaby Hussey-Yeo, Sven Poppelman, Thish Nadesan

Cleo are hiring makers now - see roles live on JSJ


JustPark is the Parking App helping over 4 million drivers enjoy easier parking. Their app helps drivers find parking in seconds, with 1.4 million spaces to choose from, providing real-time information on price, availability, restrictions and directions. JustPark’s mission is to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport: a world where everyone has easy access to a parking space, chargepoint, scooter, bike or shared car.

Why you should give a sh*t:
Their values are “Take ownership, cultivate your communities, follow your curiosity” and judging by their open roles, they’re fully in growth phase. 

Sector: App
Size: 100 ppl
Funding:  Total of £15.8m, Crowdcube, Index Ventures
Leadership: Anthony Eskinazi, Lewis Tasker, Chris Griffiths

JustPark are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ


With a mission including ending overdraft fees and eradicating payday loans, social-impact charity-backed Wagestream, is aiming to bring financial security and stability to the lives of working people by challenging the negative effects of the monthly pay cycle.

Why you should give a sh*t:
Their values are “force for good, raise your hands, egos suck, & impossible isn’t a word”. This VC backed fintech-on-a-mission has been described as “going places ethically”, on their glassdoor. 

Sector: Fintech
Size: 85 ppl
Funding:  Total of $79.3m, Northzone, Balderton Capital
Leadership: Peter Briffett, Evelyn Mackinnon, Portman Wills

WageStream are hiring makers now - see roles JSJ


Home rental platform Residently believes renting should be as rewarding as owning. That's why they’re developing an effortless experience that makes residents feel at home from day one.

Why you should give a sh*t:
Working environment is described as energetic and autonomous with no bureaucracy, no red tape and definitely no issues with getting your ideas heard. 

Sector: Proptech
Size: 60 ppl
Funding: Total of £9.5m, A/O Proptech, Felix Capital, LocalGlobe
Leadership: Sam Phillips, Abbie Pugh, Shareq Husain

Residently are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ


Tide is the leading provider of UK SME business accounts and one of the fastest growing FinTechs in the UK. Nominated as one of linkedin’s top ten startups in the UK, they’re used by over 200,000 businesses, have over 3% market share, and have raised over £120m in funding.

Why you should give a sh*t:
They’ve highlighted the following on their careers page; “diversity & inclusion, work hard, play even harder, and development and progression”. Notable on benefits is ‘paid volunteering leave’. Add that to the high volume of roles, it could be a good time to check them out.

Sector: Fintech
Size: 500 ppl
Funding: Total of $114.8m, Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group
Leadership: Guy Duncan, Oliver Prill, Laurence Krieger, Gergana Srebkova-Kiranova

Tide are hiring makers now - see roles on JSJ


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