Wander Smart Home Rental Platform Launches and Secures $ 7 Million Funding
United States: smart home rental in Texas Platform Wander pitched and got $ 7 million in a first round.
The funding round was led by Redpoint Ventures, with participation from AuthenticVentures and other angel investors.
The startup, which aims to enable remote workers to turn their workstations into an “unforgettable travel experience,” intends to use the investment to continue to expand its platform and selection of homes.
Wander initially launches a portfolio focused on the western United States, including properties in places such as Lake Tahoe and Mendocino County, Calif., And Bandon Dunes and Port Orford, Oregon, but founder John Andrew Entwistle has already shared its ambitions to expand business internationally.
After stepping down as CEO of its previous startup Coder earlier this year, Entwistle launched Wander to enable people to travel and work from unique locations, as well as deliver a consistent and reliable end-to-end customer experience. , as a result of his own previous negative experience. renting a cabin in Colorado.
Entwistle said: “This is the first time in human history that many can live and work anywhere. Yet when we try to escape, we find ourselves squatting on a low table, in a house that doesn’t look like the photos, with wifi that barely works.
“We believe that when you control the bits and the atoms, you have the ability to move towards perfection and the opportunity to build a sustainable business,” he added.
The Wander mobile app allows customers to search for destinations, book travel, and perform a range of smart home operations, from unlocking the door to lighting the fireplace and adjusting the lights. Smart homes owned and operated by the startup also come with their own Tesla electric cars.
In the eyes of many industry experts, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated trends in remote working and as a result blurred the lines between business and leisure travel.
As more citizens head to rural open spaces in search of a getaway from the closures, investment has stepped up this year in the outdoor and nature-based accommodation space. The likes of Raus, Wildpoint, The Dyrt, Collective Retreats, Unyoked, Getaway and Hipcamp were the beneficiaries of this change.
Alex bard, Managing Director of Redpoint Ventures, said: “Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen one of the biggest changes in the way people live and work, but the physical world has yet to catch up. delay. It is in these changes that transformational companies are born.
Wander Marketing Director Kyle Tibbitts said, “Those of us who work remotely have tasted the freedom of long commutes and being stuck in an office, but the freedom to explore. the world while staying connected to our work remains elusive. Wander offers people a whole new way to live and work together.
After welcoming its first guest to one of its properties earlier this month, Wander is encouraging users to join a waitlist on its website to book a stay. They can also pay $ 100 to become a founding member, which gives them a $ 100 credit for their first stay and potentially allows them to participate in Wander’s next fundraising round.