Why we are calling Austin our US home

 

Last week, we joined our US team in Austin and, following a successful official launch of our office located in Industrious on West 5th street, we now truly feel at home there.

As well as the fantastic weather (as opposed to Manchester’s currently freezing temperatures), we really loved the community spirit and the nurturing of creativity we came across in the city.

While in the US we really embraced the culture in Austin and took part in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, followed by a dip in Barton Springs and a huge Thanksgiving meal that evening – complete with turkey and pumpkin pie!

 

 

2016 has been a huge year for us in terms of global growth, and now, with a new US headquarters, and multiple new recruits, we are confident that 2017 will mark an even better year.

Our first major event in Austin during 2017 will be South by South West (SXSW) in March which celebrates innovation in technology as well as film, culture, music and more. We will be exhibiting at the Trade Show as well as attending other events throughout the week. Get in touch if you have any suggestions for what to attend or set up a meeting for when the team is there!

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Hello Soda launches Austin Office

Yesterday, we launched our new Hello Soda Austin office in Industrious on West 5th Street. We invited local businesses to celebrate with us over champagne and nibbles while our Chief Revenue Officer, Ben Allott toasted to a successful 2016 and an even better 2017.

The move to make Austin our US headquarters means that we are now at the heart and centre of the American tech scene, with access to some of the brightest minds and other exciting up-and-coming businesses. While 2016 was a year of huge global growth, 2017 will be a time for truly establishing Hello Soda within American businesses.

 

 

Our first local event will be South by South West (SXSW) taking place across the city in March 2017. We will be exhibiting at the Trade Show from the 12th to the 15th as well as attending events throughout the festival.

Now that we have officially launched the offices, we are looking to build a strong sales team to help support our existing and prospective US client base. If you are interested, and feel that you have what it takes, please send a CV and cover letter to hr@hellosoda.com and we will get back to you!

About Hello Soda:

We are a big data and text analytics business headquartered in Manchester, UK, and have recently launched our new US headquarters in Austin, Texas. We create multilingual software solution PROFILE for businesses in multiple industries looking to leverage digital data to verify identity, reduce fraud, and create more personalised user experiences.

Get in touch to find out more or simply come by one of our offices:

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2016 Fintech 100 list revealed…

Hello Soda has been named as one of 13 UK business in the Fintech 100 recognised to be driving innovation and disruption in the financial services sector.

 

 

The Fintech 100 is a collaborative list compiled by KPMG and H2 Ventures, consisting of the top 50 established fintech companies worldwide, and the 50 emerging stars.

In the ‘Emerging Stars’ category, Hello Soda was selected as a player of the future, with ‘new, disruptive ideas and industry solutions.’

This year’s final Fintech 100 list will be recognised and celebrated Wednesday 26th October in  San Francisco.

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CEO James Blake featured in North West Business Insider’s 42 under 42

CEO James Blake has been recognised by the North West Business Insider as one of 42 business leaders under 42 to watch.

 

 

“There is a lot of talk about the need to be based in London to be a successful fintech, but our story alone demonstrates that this is not the case.”

 

Big data analytics firm Hello Soda may have started small but it has quickly expanded internationally and now has offices in Bangkok and Austin, Texas.

Hello Soda’s business proposition revolves around its “unstructured data analytics platform”, which enables companies across a range of sectors to gain meaningful insights from unstructured data, revolutionising the way they work.

The platform is used to verify identity and detect fraud, asses risk and increase financial inclusion, and to personalise the user experience by delivering insights that traditional data doesn’t cover, helping brands to engage with consumers on a one-to-one level.

Half of the Manchester company’s revenue is already being generated in the US and it is forecasting treble-digit growth over the next 18 months.

Blake says “when we started the business in 2013, we recognised the potential that big data analytics held and knew we could play a pivotal part in the fintech revolution. Now, just three years on, our international presence has been fully cemented and we operate around the globe 24 hours a day.”

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Hello Soda have been shortlisted for the MEN Awards!

Following a successful 2016 (so far), which has marked the launch of Hello Soda Asia, introduction of multilingual capabilities, and the new US office opening in Austin, we have been shortlisted for MEN Business of the Year Awards!

Alongside Hello Soda in the Turnover Less Than £5M Category are

  • Financial Options Group , a firm of financial planners
  • High Access , which provides high level cleaning and maintenance services to the commercial property sector.

“Companies involved in sectors from retailing, property and technology to manufacturing and innovation will battle it out in the 2016 M.E.N. Business of the Year awards.

The event will take place on November 10 at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

Executive sponsors for this year’s awards are law firm Hill Dickinson, business advisers PwC, The Manchester College and recruitment giant Robert Walters. Brand sponsors are Barclays, and Manchester Airport and Hainan Airlines. Category sponsor is Bolton School and Salford Business School.

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