Hi. We're a team of entrepreneurs building a new consumer service with a social mission to liberate UK citizens from £10bn of wastage, dysfunction and corporate villainy.

This is not about toothpicks.

Modern life gives us more choice than we want or need.

This compels us to rely on big data systems. But those systems aren't designed to make us happy, they've been engineered to maximise profit. And in response, being human, we take the path of least resistance: we pick the one marked 'recommended.'

Or we just leave it until tomorrow: I'll deal with it tomorrow.

Entire industries thrive by sustaining this pattern—at our expense.

It wouldn't matter if we were only talking toothpicks. But what about the important and expensive stuff: the electricity we use, the water we drink, the houses we live in. What is the price of distraction in the face of complexity and far too much choice?

This is about technology serving people.

What if someone deployed tech to help me instead of exploiting me by hacking my attention, my wallet and my inertia.

What if there were a service to manage this stuff for me competently. One I actually trusted, that could save time and money. Wouldn't life feel...lighter?

You had me at toothpicks.
A jar of toothpicks

Search for something you don't care about on your favourite retail site and try making an informed decision without relying on their recommendation system.

Who, us?

We're a serious founding & engineering team committed to building a service that makes peoples' lives better, and fostering an environment that allows everyone in the company to do their best work.

Greg Marsh

Co-founder & CEO

Formerly a venture capital investor with Index Ventures in London, in 2009 Greg founded pioneering luxury accommodation marketplace onefinestay, which he led from inception through to acquisition by Accor Hotels in 2016 in a deal worth more than $200m. Greg has since taught at Harvard Business School, and served on the boards of several organisations including Amnesty International. He studied at Cambridge and HBS where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Scholar.

He once got locked in the toilet at the Élysée Palace.

Glen Walker

Co-founder & COO

After stints at BNEF and McKinsey, Glen worked with Greg at onefinestay in a variety of senior roles before going on to co-found Trouva, the successful online homewares marketplace, where he was Chief Operating Officer and latterly Chief Growth Officer. Glen has an MA and MEng from Cambridge University.

He enjoys losing himself atop mountains—which is handy because he likes climbing them, and has a terrible sense of direction.

Jon Rudoe

Co-founder & CCO

Jon has recently worked in revenue/growth roles at several start-ups in the direct to consumer subscription space. He was formerly Digital & Technology Director at Sainsbury’s where he scaled Online from £700m to £1.3bn in 2½ years, and launched several new businesses including Chop Chop and SmartShop. Prior to that he led the team that built the customer proposition at Ocado during the early scale-up phase. Jon started his career at Bain and technology investment firm, Smedvig. He has an MA from Cambridge and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Both his father & grandfather were statisticians. What are the chances?

Lydia Howland

Head of Service Design

After an eleven year stint as a design and innovation consultant at IDEO, Lydia joined Greg and Glen at onefinestay as Head of Service Product Development. She went on to work with a number of London-based start-ups and digital organisations, including Klevio, Tails and GDS, before becoming Head of User Research at Deliveroo. Lydia studied English Literature and Critical Theory at Cardiff University; to wit, she knows how to use a semicolon.

She was once locked inside a McDonalds in Blackpool with Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and 12 Secret Service agents.

Jacob Hammond

Product Design Lead

Before joining Project Vault, Jacob was heading up Product & Design at Mo, a B2B startup in the employee engagement space. He brings previous experience from FinTech startup Tandem, the innovation lab at Just, as well as Disney and Carphone Warehouse. Jacob began solving design problems for people and businesses while studying at University of Kent, where he co-founded a web & product design company and worked with local landlords, nightclubs and Kent’s biggest arts charity. He graduated with first class honours and was awarded best final year project.

He uploaded but couldn’t monetize a video with 70 million views on YouTube. He needs to let it go.

Lee Staples

Senior Engineer

Lee started his career as a software engineer in the high-performance computation team at JPMorgan Chase. He traded corporate life for the challenge of the startup world when he joined flatfair, a PropTech business, where he worked on a range of projects and technologies as a senior product engineer. Lee holds an MMathPhys from the University of Warwick.

He once had lunch with an astronaut. It was out of this world.

Ben Weir

Business Analyst

Ben joined Project Vault from the healthcare startup Qured where he worked across the product and operations teams to design, build and scale diagnostic services for the covid-19 pandemic. He specialised in process design & honing operational efficiency while working at Jaguar Land Rover after gaining a first class BA & MEng from Cambridge.

He once went tubing and was struck by lightning. He wouldn’t go twice.

Bekki May

Content & Community Manager

Bekki started her career in the fashion industry, where she spent six years forecasting sales and planning for brands like Urban Outfitters and ASOS. Her interest in personal finance and social media led her to create her own financial education platform, then her first financial marketing role at a budgeting app named Emma. She was responsible for creating financial content and building an engaged online community.

Bekki once took a Llama for a walk around the Atacama desert.

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We’re in this to make people’s lives simpler and fairer. We find purpose in that.

We also know that creating something from nothing is neither easy nor glamorous. It demands stamina, tenacity and grit – it’s not for everyone. But that’s not to say it can't be rewarding.

Who we're hiring and why
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