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EXCLUSIVE: Former Rightmove chief joins board of lettings smartphone app

Portal's former chairman Scott Forbes is now a director of four-year-old tech platform, Movebubble.

Nigel Lewis

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Former Rightmove boss Scott Forbes has joined lettings platform and smartphone app Movebubble as a director.

The 63-year-old joins five other directors at the tech firm which is headed up by CEO Aidan Rushby and also Rajesh Shah, one of the key figures in the UK build-to-rent sector, within which Movebubble is hoping to be the ‘next Rightmove’.

In March last year Forbes announced he was to leave Rightmove after 14 years at the portal and was one of the key executives to drive the portal’s huge growth through the noughties.

Forbest is believed to have formally left Rightmove in April this year, having promised to exit before its AGM in May.

Rightmove exit

But he left under a cloud somewhat after a shareholder revolt in 2018, which saw a significant minority unhappy that, in addition to his role as chairman of Rightmove, he also held similar positions at three other large corporates.

In addition to Movebubble, Forbes is also a director of data analytics firm Ascential Plc, and two residential property management companies in London.

Forbes joins a very different team to the suits he left behind at Rightmove. Movebubble is typical tech firm with a dress-down culture, two dogs listed as staff and an office in Soho, central London.

Movebubble was founded in 2016 and has raised £3 million so far including cash from one of Spotify’s founders. venture capital firm Blackfinch and build-to-rent giant Quintain. Its app currently covers both London and Manchester.

October 15, 2020

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