Zoopla, the UK’s Most Comprehensive Property Website, Welcomes Dave Wascha as Chief Product and Technology Officer
London, England — August 1, 2019 Renovata & Company is pleased to announce the placement of Dave Wascha as chief product and technology officer of Zoopla, a property website that provides data to help homeowners manage the full lifecycle of property purchase and ownership. In his new role, Wascha will be responsible for all product management and development as the company expands its business into new areas.
Zoopla’s automated valuation model provides instant estimates for every home in the UK, in addition to many other consumer-friendly tools—from listings history to local information to help a prospective buyer. The company operates a multi-brand, multichannel approach across the property lifecycle that also provides unique cross-sell opportunities. Their websites and mobile apps attract more than 50 million visits per month, with a highly engaged audience and more than 25,000 businesses who leverage Zoopla’s products and data to reach their own target audiences.
Zoopla’s vision to be the consumer champion in the real estate space creates a unique opportunity to help each of the 28 million households in the UK throughout their property journey, by providing them with the most relevant data, insight and services from home-related partners.
In 2018, Silver Lake Partners purchased Zoopla for nearly $3B. Silver Lake Partners saw the opportunity to acquire an innovative and well-established player, with distinct assets that stretch across the whole value chain for the consumer and agent, and a clear opportunity to be become the top player in the market.
“Dave will take ownership of the company’s product teams and manage the full product lifecycle from idea generation to technical development to the launch of innovative products on Zoopla’s property platform,” says Lisa Morgan, Renovata & Company principal. “He has extensive experience introducing and integrating products to meet customer requirements.”
Prior to joining Zoopla, Wascha was product advisor at Kindred Capital VC. Before that, he served as chief product officer at PhotoBox Group; and as global product and technology director, digital products for Travelex, a global specialist provider of foreign exchange. He was also chief product and technology officer for Moo.com, an online print business; and he spent 11 years at Microsoft in various product management roles. He began his career as a developer at Microsoft.
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