Since leaving university I’ve been working on a project for a rapidly growing startup called onefinestay.
The rise of the unhotel
The premise of onefinestay is to allow guests to stay in unique and interesting homes when the owners are out of town. The guest gets a great experience, and the owner earns money from their home.
When I started working for the company there were only 5 employees, which grew to 70+ in just two years. It’s been a fantastic journey, and I’ve been lucky to have been a part of it.
Technology in unusual places
onefinestay is a startup unlike many others in London. It’s a web business, but behind the scenes there’s a lot going on to make the service delivery possible.
Technology effects every corner of the business, from iPhone apps for guests, to systems which help us handle keys. Some technology is in places that you wouldn’t expect, and has involved real innovation.
My main project has been designing and developing a door entry system which removes the need for keys. This has involved:
- Web platform development using Django, Python, Celery, and Ubuntu.
- Patent filing.
- Hardware development (PCB design).
- Embedded systems programming.
It’s the most advanced work I’ve done by a large margin, and has stretched me further than I thought possible.
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