Renting in London has long been a stressful and unpleasant experience for young people. People are craving more meaningful connections and are experiencing a lack of community in urban environments.
The system is equally as painful for landlords who roll the dice with the people that stay in their properties. It was when Phil Laney worked with thousands of tenants and landlords across London that he felt how painful it was on both sides.
Lyvly was born out of a desire to make renting and living with people a joy and to build a community that exists beyond the home.
Lyvly is designed with the experience of its members and landlords in mind. We work with a range of homes and apartments across zones 1-3. Our community transcends the spaces we create.
The Lyvly team has experience of founding a Silicon Valley tech unicorn, scaling communities and private equity. We’re also proud to have top entrepreneurs of world leading businesses, including onefinestay and The Climate Corporation as our advisers at the heart of Lyvly.
Phil founded Lyvly to bring community into people’s lives and to create happy homes so people are free to live their best lives. Phil has over 10 years experience in real estate private equity investments at Deutsche Bank and Realstar. Amongst other things, Phil has purchased and managed over 1,200 residential properties in the UK and 48,000 apartments in Germany. Phil is also the founder of an online educational platform to help real estate investors improve skills and knowledge. Phil has a 1st Class MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton and a 1st Class Msc in Real Estate Investment from the University of Reading and is a frequent guest lecturer at Henley Business School. Phil wants the community to empower people to have the bravery to take risks in their lives and be comfortable with failure.
Dario has over 10 years experience as a real estate investor, having invested or managed over $1bn in RE at RREEF Deutsche Bank, Atlas and Realstar private equity. Prior to Lyvly, Dario has supported the purchase and management of a 1,200 units PRS portfolio in London and has gained experience in residential, hotel and student accommodation transactions. Dario has a MEng in Management Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan. Dario firmly believes in creating beautiful spaces that you can truly call home and that become the gateway to a wonderful community of people sharing their experiences and their lives.
Siraj was CTO and co-founder of Silicon Valley startup Climate Corporation, a company that pioneered the use of machine learning in helping farmers to optimize crop yield. Climate was acquired for over $1bn in 2013. Siraj was an early engineering hire at Google in 2001, and one of the founding engineers for the Google Book search project. He holds an MS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a BA Hons in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK. Also a VC investor, Siraj deeply believes that digitalization is reshaping entire industries and, executed well, is capable of bringing efficiency and joy to our lives. He sees Lyvly as a clear embodiment of this notion, and is excited to be part of the journey.
Greg was the co-founder and CEO of hospitality startup onefinestay, which was acquired by AccorHotels in 2016 in a deal worth more than $250m. Previously, Greg worked on the technology investment team at Index Ventures. In 2017, Greg joined the faculty at Harvard Business School. He is also a visiting professor at Imperial College Business School. In 2017, he was elected to the International Board of Amnesty International, where he also chairs the Remuneration Committee. Greg has an MA in philosophy from Christ’s College, Cambridge, and attended Harvard Business School on a Fulbright Scholarship. Greg is excited about the huge potential of co-living and believes that Lyvly, with Phil at the helm, will be the company that makes it.
Isobel has 5 years experience working in events, operations and project management for leading UK publishing and engineering companies, including Babcock International. She has worked in fast paced environments to grow young teams and has managed the international growth for emerging events teams. Isobel has spent time living in the USA as part of her degree and travelling extensively, through this she has developed a love of making new connections, engaging with others and has enjoyed growing her own international community. This love of people, is what led her to Lyvly where she started as the Operations Manager, taking care of customer needs and most importantly our homes. Isobel studied English and American Studies at the University of Leicester and her interests include everything from true crime to netball.
Tiffany has spent over eight years leading the brand and communication strategies for fast-growing companies. She was the first employee at onefinestay, leading the international launches and working in both London and New York for the business. Onefinestay was acquired by AccorHotels in 2016 in a deal worth more than $250m. After onefinestay, she stayed in New York to do the PR for the Edition Hotels. Last year, she worked with the onefinestay founders on the brand strategy for a new IOT technology. Prior to that, she was the Brand Director at Native, a real estate finance brokerage and founder of Secret London, an online community that hit over 200k members in four weeks. Tiffany studied History at Bristol University and is passionate about storytelling, both from the past and to the future. Tiffany, as a rebel at heart, is excited by building a brand that inspires people to question things and think for themselves.
Simon spearheads Lyvly’s simplification of everyday hassles - he believes this gives us the time to grow as people and connect as a community. He was the Managing Director of Weight Wins, a novel weight management startup, which brought gamification to the weight loss industry and helped thousands of people lose weight for good. Simon previously worked in local community engagement, helping adapt new planning proposals for the people they would impact. He was involved in community outreach for the first planned new town in England of the 21st century and for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Simon has a BA in Business Studies from Bournemouth University.
Jamie has over 13 years of experience in the Real Estate and Financial Services industries. A budding entrepreneur, Jamie has founded two businesses; an insurance brokerage and a seed farming at-home kit. Jamie ran high performing real estate head offices in different regions of the UK and grew them to become top performing branches. Driven by a desire to work in a fast growing startup that had greater purpose than bricks and mortar, he came to Lyvly to be at the forefront of the community’s growth. Jamie is the first port of call to members and landlords applying to join the community and cares deeply about improving people’s lives through their access to the Lyvly community.
Holiday has spent the last 8 years building teams and designing great organisational cultures in some of the world’s most exciting technology businesses. She started her career at Apple as one of 25 future leaders identified for their first ever graduate programme before going on to head up people and culture at two Index Ventures backed startups, JustPark and Osper. She’s a qualified Mindfulness Teacher and Transformational Coach and has travelled the world helping over a thousand people to date find joy in the everyday. Holiday studied Sociology at Bristol University and holds a Diploma from the Chartered Institute for Personal Development. She’s passionate about building workplaces built on trust, connection and joy and believes that great organisations see beyond policies & processes and build communities instead.