About us

KeyNest was founded in 2015 by Marc Figueras and Florian Hoven. It all started when Marc asked his local café to hold keys for his Airbnb guests, who’d be coming later that day. Today, KeyNest uses smart RFID fobs to manage keys for thousands of clients across the UK, both at their own offices and through an extensive network of KeyNest Stores.


Stores and Offices

We offer an integrated solution for all your key management problems. KeyNest Office is a unique key management system that tracks keys in and out of business premises, so you’ll never lose keys again. KeyNest Stores hold keys locally and are typically used by Airbnb hosts and property managers. Both products work seamlessly together so you’ll be able to manage all your keys in one dashboard.


Backed by the UK’s leading property companies

KeyNest is backed by LiFE Residential, one of London’s leading Estate Agents, and part of the Galliard Homes group. We joined LiFE Ventures’ accelerator program in 2017, as part of our second round of investment.


Airbnb HostAssist partners

KeyNest is a proud HostAssist partner of Airbnb. Thanks to our direct API integration with Airbnb, you can use your Airbnb account to manage keys at secure.keynest.com. You can check out the KeyNest HostAssist partner profile on the Airbnb website.

Our clients are also welcome to use other OTAs like Booking.com as well as any PMS they wish to in order to liaise with their guests.

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We are proud to have a team that knows what it means to work in the fast-paced hospitality sector. We are always looking for ambitious people to join us on our journey. If you would like to discuss open opportunities, please visit our careers page.


Marc Figueras


Before KeyNest, I was an Airbnb host and a strategy consultant. I love making our company better every day and so I’m always keen to hear your feedback. I’m also involved in local policymaking and chair of the Camden Homesharing Club.


Florian Hoven


As an Airbnb host and frequent user when travelling, I know the struggles for both sides (hosts & guests) when key exchanges are badly coordinated or flights are delayed. Helping hosts & guests to enjoy the Airbnb experience is my every day motivation. 


Harry Mobbs

Business Development Manager

When working in Paris as a real estate agent, I often found myself wanting to leave keys near the property, rather than at my flat in case I had a last minute meeting. I saw KeyNest, and loved the idea, and needed to be a part of it. Keen sportsman, particularly in rugby. 


Lucas Rodrigues dos Santos

Business Development Executive

I’m passionate about start-ups and bringing innovative solutions to our customers’ daily challenges. I have used Airbnb in different countries and the key exchange was always a headache.  My goal is to help users save time and companies to become more efficient.


Subba Reddy

Technical Lead

I lead our front-end, back-end and app developers, with a particular focus on security. I've spent the last 8 years working for SMEs in development and project management roles.


Jan Metelski

Scotland manager

Working in the travel-tech space for the past 3 years, I have grown a passion for start-ups and tech solutions to evident problems in the tourism sector. I have a keen interest in Scotland, travelling and general fitness.


Sancho Dauskardt

Tech Advisor

CTO of Hertz, a German tech firm driving innovations (from concept to manufacturing) for global clients.

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Soundra Gautreaux

Sales Executive

While working as a Real Estate agent, chasing keys and driving in London to find out keys were not where they were supposed to be was no fun. When I heard about KeyNest, it was like a calling to help spread the word about this absolute genius solution. 

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Gabriella Lia Aragnouet

France Manager

As an adventurer and occasional backpacker with five years of professional experiences in both marketing and sales, I am eager to introduce KeyNest’s technology and smart key exchange solutions to every organisation and individual in the French hospitality sector. Team-player at heart, my passion for new challenges is coupled with a strong interest for strategic planning, business development and operational management.