Hoita, Inc.

A platform for mCommerce gifting
WE ARE HOITA, SPECIALISTS, MOBILE GIFTING

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A Mobile Gifting Platform for Retailers
Empowering
Customers, Retailers, Gifting
Today

Hoita’s innovative gifting platform can be white-labeled by retailers to deliver uniquely compelling customer experiences. Customers can send products as easily as sending a text message and without needing a mailing address.

mCommerce Gifting

Hoita’s multi-award winning platform powers services in Europe and the USA. We provide value-added solutions that make frictionless mobile gifting a reality.

Customer journeys
Customer journeys
International scalability
International scalability
Proven technology
Proven technology
Customer centric
Customer centric

Our Services

We partner with retailers to deliver compelling mobile experiences. Our partner-ready platform requires little or no integration to deliver transformational services.

International scalability International scalability
Easy on-boarding Easy on-boarding
Effective user journeys Effective user journeys
Payment and multi-currency Payment and multi-currency
Security Security
Business growth Business growth
CRM Solution CRM Solution
Convenience and spontaneity Convenience and spontaneity
World-class support World-class support
Reliability Reliability
Our goal is to improve mobile experiences for consumers in key markets and territories. By working with retailers, e-commerce leaders, and mobile operators, we work to make mobile gifting a seamless experience. Hoita’s technology provides a highly innovative route into the $1 trillion global gift market.

Our Achievements


MOST PROMISING TECHNOLOGY STARTUP
2012

Winner of the FierceWireless Fierce 15 awards 2012, beating dozens of other US-based mobile companies to be voted Most Promising Technology Startup by a panel of experts.

BEST DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
2011

Winner of the title of Best UK Design and Technology Company in Venture Candy’s 2011 Metro Awards, as voted by judges and the public.


Twice voted one of the ME’s top 50 UK mobile innovators by a panel of judges comprising VCs, analysts and entrepreneurs.

THE VODAFONE MOBILE CLICKS AWARD
2011

Second place in the prestigious Vodafone Mobile Clicks competition, seeing off competition from nearly 200 European firms to win €50,000 investment.

PEPSICO 10 EUROPE WINNER
2011

Beat competition from 200 European firms to become one of 10 tech start-ups to win £10,000 investment as well as pilot marketing projects with leading PepsiCo brands.

SMARTA 100 AWARD WINNER
2011

Winner of the Smarta 100 award, which celebrates the most innovative small businesses in the UK, as selected by a panel of industry experts.

Great Team

Hoita’s team is passionate about transforming the gifting space. Delivering world class customer experiences and seamless transactions depends on exceptional teamwork.

Sir Chris Powell
Sir Chris Powell

Sir Chris Powell

Chair
Chris has been Chairman of Hoita since its inception and offers a wealth of experience across multiple industries.

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  • Sir Chris Powell

    Chris is a founder of the advertising agency BMP DDB and went on to become its Chief Executive and then Chairman. He was knighted for his services to the advertising industry. Chris has been the Chairman of Hoita since its inception and plays an active role. His current and recent commercial Board roles include: the Advisory Board of PwC, Chairman of the Advertising Standards Board of Finance and of Dr Foster, UBM and Portland PR. Outside commerce he has been the Chair of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), the think tank IPPR, the British Council’s Creative Industries Advisory Panel and Riverside Studios.
  • Chris is a founder of the advertising agency BMP DDB and went on to become its Chief Executive and then Chairman. He was knighted for his services to the advertising industry. Chris has been the Chairman of Hoita since its inception and plays an active role. His current and recent commercial Board roles include: the Advisory Board of PwC, Chairman of the Advertising Standards Board of Finance and of Dr Foster, UBM and Portland PR. Outside commerce he has been the Chair of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), the think tank IPPR, the British Council’s Creative Industries Advisory Panel and Riverside Studios.
  • Dr John Taylor
    Dr John Taylor

    Dr John Taylor

    CEO
    John Taylor is Hoita’s Chief Executive Officer and leads on business strategy and major partner engagements.

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  • Dr John Taylor

    Before entering the world of gifting and communication, John was a technology strategy consultant and a Director at the UK’s largest independent Think Tank where he founded a successful consulting practice. He has also worked at the United Nations, the British Parliament and CNN. John has a Masters in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, as well as a Doctorate from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has lived and worked both in the US and the UK.
  • Before entering the world of gifting and communication, John was a technology strategy consultant and a Director at the UK’s largest independent Think Tank where he founded a successful consulting practice. He has also worked at the United Nations, the British Parliament and CNN. John has a Masters in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, as well as a Doctorate from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has lived and worked both in the US and the UK.
  • Dr Richard Tolcher
    Dr Richard Tolcher

    Dr Richard Tolcher

    CTO
    Richard leads the development of our award winning technology platform and drives innovation.

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  • Dr Richard Tolcher

    He has a Doctorate from Oxford University in the Design of Computer Systems to support Highly Collaborative Working Environments, has an MSc in Artificial Intelligence, and a first degree in Computer Science. He has 15 years in industry, including at Airbus and the MoD, and commercial expertise in complex systems requirements and design, eCommerce, mobile telecommunications, and technical project management.
  • He has a Doctorate from Oxford University in the Design of Computer Systems to support Highly Collaborative Working Environments, has an MSc in Artificial Intelligence, and a first degree in Computer Science. He has 15 years in industry, including at Airbus and the MoD, and commercial expertise in complex systems requirements and design, eCommerce, mobile telecommunications, and technical project management.
  • Bruce Garvey
    Bruce Garvey

    Bruce Garvey

    DIRECTOR
    Bruce is a Non-Executive Director of Hoita and plays a key role in the company’s international expansion.

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  • Bruce Garvey

    He is a linguist with a broad range of experience in international operations, and is Co-Chair of Cass Entrepreneur Network (CEN). Bruce has an MBA from Cass Business School and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. Following an earlier career in a major multinational, Bruce worked for a series of SMEs. These included start-ups and family owned businesses. He has experienced business operations across a wide spectrum of organizations – in terms of size, structure, and location – and has held multiple director roles.
  • He is a linguist with a broad range of experience in international operations, and is Co-Chair of Cass Entrepreneur Network (CEN). Bruce has an MBA from Cass Business School and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. Following an earlier career in a major multinational, Bruce worked for a series of SMEs. These included start-ups and family owned businesses. He has experienced business operations across a wide spectrum of organizations – in terms of size, structure, and location – and has held multiple director roles.
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    • San Francisco Office

      2225 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA +16508045419
    • Brighton Office

      22 Brighton Square, Brighton, BN1 1HD, UK +441273775003
    • India Office

      776, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala, Bangalore 560034, INDIA +918041169867
    We are always looking for talented and passionate individuals to join our team. See available jobs or contact us directly.

    Available Jobs

    • iPhone Application Developers

      iPhone Application Developers

      Responsibilities

      • Facilitate communication of technical matters among internal team.
      • Analyze requirements, wireframes and capabilities of related systems to propose appropriate solutions.
      • Write clean, stable, unit-tested code and accompanying documentation where needed.
      • Contribute to overall culture of engineering excellence and best practices.
      • Research and share industry innovations and trends.

      Requirements

      • Strong Knowledge in Objective C, C++, X-code and Cocoa Technology with a 3-5 years experience.
      • Proficient in client server communication, Webservice and XML parsing.
      • Experience with AWS and cloud infrastructure deployment.
      • Experience working with iOS frameworks such as Core Data, Core Animation, Core Graphics and Core Text.
      • Experience with embedded relational databases (SQLite)
      • Understanding of memory management and multi-threading.
      • Experience with third-party libraries and APIs.
      • Working experience in iOS 7 will be an added advantage.

    • Senior Graphic Designer

      Senior Graphic Designer

      Responsibilities

      • Design both server-side and client-side
        layers of our platform.
      • Digital asset creation for websites and particularly mobile apps.
      • On-going brand development.
      • Contribute to overall culture of design excellence
        and best practices

      Requirements

      • A great track record and an impressive portfolio of work.
      • An eye for detail, and to be confident providing high-end design with maximum flair and minimal oversight.
      • Add animations to the interface to enable greater engagement.
      • An advanced knowledge of industry standard graphic design software and tools – but most of all we need your innate talent and for you to be a positive member of the team.

    • Windows Phone Application Developers

      Windows Phone Application Developers

      Responsibilities

      • Facilitate communication of technical matters among internal team.
      • Analyze requirements, wireframes and capabilities of related systems to propose appropriate solutions.
      • Write clean, stable, unit-tested code and accompanying documentation where needed.
      • Contribute to overall culture of engineering excellence
        and best practices.
      • Research and share industry innovations and trends.

      Requirements

      • At least 3 years of experience in Windows Modern UI or Windows Phone App development.
      • Good understanding of memory management and multi-threaded development.
      • Experience in working on network based projects (handling data sync, push notifications, offline status handling etc).
      • Experience in Windows API’s / REST/ JSON interfaces.
      • Good knowledge of Windows Phone Architecture.
      • Experience in creating Windows 8 modern-style UI.
      • Proficient in .NET, C# , XAML and XML.

    • Android Application Developers

      Android Application Developers

      Responsibilities

      • Facilitate communication of technical matters among internal team.
      • Analyze requirements, wireframes and capabilities of related systems to propose appropriate solutions.
      • Write clean, stable, unit-tested code and accompanying documentation where needed.
      • Contribute to overall culture of engineering excellence
        and best practices.
      • Research and share industry innovations and trends.

      Requirements

      • 3-5 years of Android mobile application development.
      • Good understanding of memory management and multi-threaded development.
      • Proficient in client server communication, Webservice and XML parsing.
      • Experience with databases – a big plus.
      • High proficiency with software architecture, modular
        and object oriented design.
      • Working experience in handling multiple device/versions.

    Contact Us

    We are dedicated to helping our partners deliver the benefits of Smart Gifting to consumers today. Get in touch and we’ll explain how easy it is to launch a great service to your customers.

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