Neighbor Attracts the Best Tech Talent to Usher in New Wave of Growth for Silicon Slopes Startup

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The top talent from unicorn startups joins Neighbor to lead growth, engineering, and community teams.

FREMONT, CA: The neighbor is a self-storage marketplace disruptor and now has added three strategic hires to its executive team to drive a new wave of growth for the Andreesesen Horowitz-funded startup that has grown 5X in 2020.

The new executives include Head of Growth, Marcel Sanchez, who was previously the Head of Acquisitions at Mercari; the Head of Engineering Matt Smith, a former Engineering Director at Instructure; and Head of Community Allie Hurley, who was previously serving as Head of Support at Carta.

"Marcel, Matt and Allie are crucial additions to Neighbor, bringing their experience building billion-dollar marketplaces and SaaS businesses to power Neighbor's rapid growth," says Joseph Woodbury, co-founder, and CEO, Neighbor. "These are newly created roles to lead some of Neighbor's most strategic teams as we continue to expand our presence in all 50 states and into new unchartered territory in the $40B self-storage industry."

Before joining Neighbor, Marcel Sanchez led acquisition at the ecommerce marketplace, Mercari, by helping the peer-to-peer marketplace to grow by 180 percent year-over-year in the U.S. and adding above 45 million downloads throughout iOS and Android.

As an experienced engineering leader with a history of designing systems with one-of-a-kind analytics-based features at Instructure, Microsoft, and FamilySearch, Matt Smith will oversee a team that leverages customer insights to develop and roll-out data-focused features.

With many years of experience building an award-winning customer service and support organizations, recently at Carta, Allie Hurley will concentrate on expanding Neighbor's best-in-class user experience for the Neighbor's hosts and renters alike.

"These new executive hires underscore the incredible technology talent magnet Salt Lake City has become as it has established itself as a major tech hub for startups and big tech alike over the past decade," added Woodbury.

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