January 15, 2015
LawnStarter announced today that they have secured $1 million in a very successful seed funding round. The money comes at the perfect time as LawnStarter continues their growth into expanding lawn care markets.
The funding round comes from several angel investors like Rob Taylor, Cotter Cunningham, Pat Matthews, and venture fund Vayner RSE (Gary Vaynerchuk). LawnStarter was founded in 2013, and since then they have focused primarily on connecting homeowners with quality lawn care contractors.
“It’s easy to create a lawn care app, and quite frankly, it doesn’t solve the bigger problems,” says co-founder Steve Corcoran. “The lawn industry is broken and complex, so it’s important to focus on the operations, industry knowledge, and customer experience as well.”
Homeowners can use the instant quote tool, which uses public real estate data to calculate accurate prices for on-demand services. Additionally, users can manage their accounts online or through the LawnStarter mobile app.
Corcoran and his co-founder originally started began their startup in Washington DC, but they soon moved to Austin, Texas to be part of the Techstars program. They loved the city so much they set up shop and laid down roots; the duo couldn’t walk away from the city’s supportive network for tech startups.
“The demand actually exceeds what we expected, so we’re happy about that,” says co-founder Ryan Farley. “This capital will help us acquire additional resources and rock star employees in order to scale our operations while maintaining the amazing service that customers love.”
Currently LawnStarter operates in the Washington DC Metro Area, Texas, and Orlando. According to the founders, the American Southwest is where they’ll expand next.
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