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Group Management
Industry Internet
Founded October, 2007
Headquarters London
Key people
Currently anonymous

GroupSpaces (styled groupspaces) is a London-based online company that provides technology to help real-world clubs, societies, associations and other groups manage their membership and activities, and promote themselves online.[1] Founded by Oxford University students David Langer and Andy Young, the company was launched in the United Kingdom in 2007[2] and has since expanded into the United States and over 30 other countries.[3] As of November 2010, its software is used to host over 1 million memberships.[4]

Revenue and funding[edit]

GroupSpaces generates revenue via a combination of premium accounts, targeted advertising and transaction commission from payments made through the site. GroupSpaces has also partnered with many leading nationwide networks of groups such as SIFE, Engineers Without Borders and the British Judo Association.[5]

The company also generates revenue by allowing graduate recruiters to advertise their campus activities and promote their opportunities to a highly employable community of students throughout the whole academic year. Campaigns can be targeted to specific universities and audiences such as fraternities, hobbyists and entrepreneurial clubs.[6]

Since 2007, GroupSpaces has worked with over 70 graduate recruiters including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Slaughter & May, Freshfields, BCG, McKinsey & Company, Accenture, Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, Citi, JP Morgan, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, Bank of England, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, RBS, UBS, Lloyd's of London and the NHS. GroupSpaces also works with many of the leading recruitment agencies in the UK including Euro RSCG Riley, SAS Design, Thirty Three, TMP Worldwide, Stafford Long, Work Communications, Mediacom and City & Law.[7]

The company raised a small amount of angel finance from Avonmore Developments in January 2008.[8] In June 2010 it secured a $1.3 million (£860,000) investment round from Index Ventures and a leading angel investor consortium including Dave McClure, Chris Sacca, Simon Levene, Meagan Marks, Ariel Poler and Quincy Smith of CODE Advisors.[9] The previous backers, Stephen Bullock and Simon and Michael Blakey, of Avonmore Developments, also participated in the round.[10] The funding has been used to expand both the technical and marketing teams in both the United Kingdom and United States. In the first few months of operation in the United States, top schools such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT and Stanford signed on with GroupSpaces.[11]

In April 2013 Andy Young walked away from Groupspaces[12] and by July 2013 it had become a "ghost operation" with no customer support and no development.[13] The UK Companies Registry started compulsory winding up against the company in April 2013,[14] and although this was withdrawn, as of 3 November 2013 the company was again overdue with required filings.[15]


GroupSpaces was cofounded in October 2007 by David Langer, 25, and Andy Young, 26, while the two were students at Oxford University. After studying how their college’s clubs and societies worked–and running a few themselves–the two came up with GroupSpaces.

As a student, Langer was president, treasurer, captain, webmaster and a member of groups with activities ranging from triathlon to table tennis. He cofounded GroupSpaces while studying for a mathematics degree at Oxford University and was subsequently awarded second place in the 2007 UK Graduate of the Year competition.[16] Langer previously worked at JP Morgan, McKinsey & Company and Lehman Brothers.

Andy Young serves as cofounder and CTO of GroupSpaces. He is the creator of Selective Tweets, the most popular third-party app to link Twitter and Facebook, with over 500,000 users and 1.5m status updates per month.[17]


On April 13, 2011, GroupSpaces was named the winner of the Social Networking and Collaboration category of the Startup 100 awards.[18]


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  2. ^ Butcher, Mike (2010-06-30). "GroupSpaces secures $1.3 million and brings Valley players on board". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ Tyler, Richard (2010-07-01). "GroupSpaces secures $1.3 million and brings Valley players on board". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
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  6. ^ . Recruiter Magazine. 2010-09-15 Retrieved 2011-03-01.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ . Recruiter Magazine. 2010-09-15 Retrieved 2011-03-01.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Butcher, Mike (2010-06-30). "GroupSpaces secures $1.3 million and brings Valley players on board". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  9. ^ Cellan-Jones, Rory (2010-07-05). "UK dotcoms: Two success stories". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  10. ^ "Oxford’s GroupSpaces raises $1.3M for online club administration system". Science Business. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  11. ^ "GroupSpaces raises $1.3M from Index Ventures and launches in U.S. university market". Online Recruitment. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
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  16. ^ "David Langer CrunchBase profile". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  17. ^ "Andrew Young CrunchBase profile". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  18. ^ "2011 Startup 100 Awards Announcement". London: Telegraph Media Group Limited. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 

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