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Mr. Jost

Julian Jost

CEO & Founder, Spacebase

Julian Jost's career path was clearly plotted when he started his studies, and he's followed it ever since. As a business and management graduate, his professional life began as a strategy consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

Mr. Jost was particularly successful in the areas of business development and project management. However, his experiences showed him how inefficient and uncreative the collaboration and meeting culture in companies could be. He began to organize multiple creative workshops for clients in exciting environments and discovered the potential that lies in the optimization of business events.

As a born entrepreneur, he quickly decided to follow his ideas. After finishing his MBA at Oxford University, Mr. Jost left the consultancy and started Spacebase in 2014, the worldwide booking platform for outstanding meeting and event locations. Spacebase enables companies to easily and transparently book unusual meeting locations, host creative events and save valuable time while organizing.

Today, the Spacebase portfolio offers over 2,000 meeting locations in more than 30 cities across 12 countries. Together with business partner Jan Hoffmann-Keining and the well-known industry expert and travel veteran Stephan Ekbergh, he is changing the way we meet. His vision is to facilitate the right location and the right surroundings to create more flexible, more efficient, and more creative meetings, workshops, and events.

With an eye for untapped potential, Mr. Jost and his team have made thousands of unconventional and previously unexplored locations available for meeting and workshop rental. His passion and entrepreneurial skill make him a force to be reckoned with; in fact, Spacebase is helping to form the meeting industry's newest and most contemporary sector of offsite meeting locations.

The Berlin-based start-up has been recipient of some of the meeting industry's most treasured awards, such as Eye for Travel's Start-up of the Year in 2015 as well as Web In Travel's Start-up of the Year in 2014. Spacebase is definitely a company to watch as the meeting industry goes digital and the trend of unique meeting spaces continues to grow.

Please visit http://www.spacebase.com/en/ for more information.

Mr. Jost can be contacted at 646-513-2879 or info@spacebase.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.