Life at Pupil

Pupil is a place for those who think big. For those that want to create extraordinary things and are willing to put in the hard work to bring them to life.

We’re growing fast. And we’re always looking for exceptional talent.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we foster a culture where we are constantly learning, evolving and collaborating to achieve our bold ambitions.

We are committed to learning and stepping outside our comfort zone. We believe in the opportunity to impact the world with transformative technology.

We love the challenge of rolling up our sleeves and building new things from the ground up. Pupil’s culture is a melting pot of diverse, high-energy, mission-focused people that thrive in a challenging environment.

Pupil office in London
Pictured above: Pupil office looking across London
Team Q&A
Divia Bhatnagar
Why did you join Pupil?
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I have two great passions that Pupil encompasses - technology and property! In today’s world we know so much about ingredients in our foods and materials of our clothes but oddly we know very little about the property we own or live in, which is often the biggest purchase made. Unlocking these insights overcomes this huge problem as it allows us to delve into various markets and revolutionises the way property is financed and transacted giving a better experience for people.

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Coming from an Engineering background, I love solving problems and overcoming challenges. And Pupil has a very big challenge to solve. Pupil’s technology stack is very attractive because it covers the entire breadth of technology landscape from LiDAR using hardware, machine learning using computer vision, cloud based technology, backend and front end applications. In addition, I have a real passion for working with people and learning from others; Pupil team has a span of expertise from data specialists, sales & marketing, operations, product & design, engineering and computer vision.

What have you learned at Pupil?
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I’ve learned to balance strategy and delivery. With so many competing priorities and technical challenges that come our way, it’s very important to have one eye on looking forward and one eye on the present to ensure that we deliver on product and business demands but prepare our technology stack as we scale. Technology is ever evolving at a rapid pace so it’s critical that we continue to share learnings across the teams and constantly keep abreast of the latest technologies on the market so we can be as effective as possible.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Apurv Nigam
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Being a Researcher in Computer Vision and AI, the thing that tempted me the most was the rich 3D datasets which Pupil has gathered so quickly. Moreover, the brilliant team that I met during my first visit to Pupil inspired me to join Pupil and work towards the challenging goal of mapping the real estate industry and setting new standards that the industry will follow.

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I really love solving genuine but hard problems and my job is about both. The synergy in my team is commendable where everyone is always ready to support others and take responsibilities. I believe these are the core things one expects at work and I am lucky to have them all, along with supportive management.

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Pupil has taught me that learning never stops. We at Pupil learn at every step and from every possible thing. We learn from seniors, we learn from juniors, we learn from experiences, we learn from success and most importantly we learn from mistakes.

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Unnao, India

Alice Hoult
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I come from a mix of corporates and start-ups across fashion, manufacturing, cybersecurity and food. What attracted me to Pupil was the huge problem it’s trying to solve. Having just bought a flat in London, I understand the frustration of transacting property – the trusted information you need about a property to buy with confidence is inaccurate or simply doesn’t exist. Pupil empowers people with complete, accurate and trusted information throughout the buying or renting process.

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To solve a big problem, you need a lot of ambition. And there are so many complex problems for us to solve. To achieve all of this, we are building a culture of learning. This means that we are constantly trying new things – some will work, some will not. We will make mistakes along the way and that’s okay. As long as we learn from them, we can make the right decisions next time. We promote an agile working culture, which means teams of empowered problem-solving decision makers. We want to build trust with our customers and our employees.

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I have learned to work across so many different teams and stakeholders with different priorities. Our product and engineering teams work on everything. And I mean everything – from beautiful websites, order forms and complex internal apps, right through to processing tools, third-party hardware, machine learning and virtual reality! Balancing all of this is what makes life at Pupil so exciting.

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Perth, Scotland

Hao Guan
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I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in 3D reconstruction and scene-understanding on indoor scenarios. So I did some research about companies in this field. Pupil is a company that possesses a unique way to analyse property structures using novel techniques. Also, Pupil has a unique culture and values I admire. I truly enjoy working for a company that has this kind of impact.

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“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives”. In a day, you will spend nearly half the day at work. Personally I like working here because Pupil hears my voice - which means I can carve my own path. Besides, I like the pleasant work environment as people around are friendly and eager to help. I enjoy working here because I not only gain professional skills by developing algorithms and putting them into production, but also it gives me the opportunity to broaden my skills in other areas of expertise.

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Pupil is a big family. We are here to share our ideas to overcome the technical challenges that come every day. I have learnt the way to communicate. I have also learnt the best way to grow and develop my skills and learn new things. I love working in Pupil because there are many possibilities to deploy my own knowledge to help the company.

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Shanxi, China

Team & Leadership

Since launching, Pupil has grown to a global team of over 200 people and established an advisory board of influential business leaders from around the world.

James D Marshall
Pupil Founder and
Chief Executive Officer
James D Marshall
Oliver Breach
Pupil Founder, Chairman
and Chief Operating Officer
Oliver Breach

Our advisors

Edgar Bronfman Jr.
Former CEO of Warner Music Group
Anthony Browne
Former CEO of British Bankers Association
Jambu Palaniappan
Former Head of Uber Europe
Jean-Marc Huët
Former CFO of Unilever
Sanjay Jain
Our values
Ambitious
Design-driven
Pioneering

We aim to capture the built world with unprecedented accuracy at an industrial scale, globally.

We will transform the way people connect with the spaces around them.

We will ensure trust and transparency through accurate spatial data.

We combine market relevance, high-impact applications and brand aesthetics seamlessly.

The exceptional experience of our customers is central to everything we do.

Everything we do is the result of iterative processes.

We step out of our comfort zone to go where no one else has gone before.

We listen, learn, and grow constantly.

We take risks, we are innovators, and we collaborate.

Our Story
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2015

Pupil is officially incorporated.

2016

Pupil conducts extensive global research with property industry experts to explore the opportunity to launch a spatial data product to the market.

2017

Pupil team expands as technology and prototype development begin based on research findings.

2018

UK and international pilots are carried out in stealth.

2019

The official launch of Spec takes place in London.

2020

Properties digitised by Spec in London reaches 25,000, comprising over 20m sqft with a total value of $20bn.

2021+

Stak is launched following successful pilots. Pupil’s global expansion begins with the UAE, Singapore and the US with a total of over 60 international cities planned for future growth.

Pupil spatial data