Strategically maximizing potential rewards on every dollar you spend is a popular way to earn benefits and travel. However, one of the larger recurring expenses, rent, hasn’t traditionally been an area where you can earn rewards, leaving significant earnings potential on the table. Bilt Rewards is a rewards platform, loyalty program, and branded credit card that offers members a way to earn rewards through their rental payments. The card is available for no annual fee, offers 1x points on rent payments, 2x on travel, and 3x on dining, making it a card that’s versatile enough for everyday use, not just rent. The rewards platform covers 2M+ units across its partner network of the largest rental operators and the credit card can be used to pay rent without fees anywhere; Bilt will send a check on your behalf to your landlord. Not only can earned points can be redeemed in a conventional manner but also for a downpayment on a home purchase and your rewards balance earns interest as well. AlleyWatch caught up with Bilt Rewards CEO and Founder Ankur Jain to learn more about how Bilt locks rewards for the 109M Americans that are renters, the company, strategic plans, and recent round of funding from Wells Fargo, Mastercard Blackstone, AvalonBay Communities, Douglas Elliman, Equity Residential, GID, LENx, The Moinian Group; Morgan Properties, Related Group, and Starwood Capital Group.
There are countless tools that are designed for engineers to monitor infrastructure whether it be for the cloud, applications, or IT. But what happens when it comes to operations, which effectively governs goods, services, and people and how they interact within a company’s customer journey from first contact to service delivery. Avenue is an observability platform that allows operations teams to build alerts from their database or data warehouses to identify critical business issues in real-time. Non-technical teams can easily set up these alerts on a myriad of data, without extensive knowledge of code, and the alerts flow directly into existing workflows like Slack or other channels. This brings versatility and usability to the platform as use cases can range from monitoring inventory levels to identifying churn risk. Any incidents can be tracked to ensure they are being handled from acknowledgment to resolution. AlleyWatch caught up with Avenue CEO and Cofounder Justin Bleuel to learn more about the founding team’s experience at ops-driven companies led to the AHA moment that sparked the company, the company’s experience at Y Combinator, strategic plans, recent round of funding led by Accel.
COVID threw the corporate event planning industry into a tailspin. Uncertainty around in-person gatherings, restrictions, and health protocols has solidified that the future of events will likely not be similar to what we were accustomed to before the world changed in the late Winter of 2020. The Vendry is a marketplace and professional social network for corporate event planners to navigate the future of their industry with its tech-enabled platform. With so much uncertainty around the industry, one this is certain – events of the future will have some technology-powered hybrid component and The Vendry is able to offer vetted solutions to its growing community (~18K+) whether it’s outdoor venues or event staff that’s fully vaccinated. Aside from vendor procurement, the platform also offers the exchange of best practices through discussion forums, a job board, and also serves as a trusted information provider showcasing key industry news and resources. AlleyWatch caught up with The Vendry Founder and CEO Daphne Hoppenot to learn more about building an events-focused business in the midst of a pandemic that shut down in-person activity, strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include Peter Boyce of Stellation Capital, Founder Collective, Primary Venture Partners, WGI Group, Leadout Capital, Operator Partners, Brilliant Friends, Howard Lerman, Brian Distelburger, Jason Harinstein, Geoff Yang, and Ed Zimmerman.
The pandemic has made many reevaluate our relationship with our housing situations. In order to address this new reality, the rental market shifted to offerings that match the flexibility associated with remote working options for tenants. For landlords, flexible lease options allow them to capture much-needed revenue at a time when there’s been so much economic uncertainty. June Homes is a rental marketplace that specializes in flexible rental options across several cities in the US. Presently featuring apartments in NYC, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Boston, the company offers leases ranging anywhere from 1-18 months, furnished or unfurnished, and either entire apartments or even just single rooms in shared situations. The company’s technology identifies apartments that would be well suited for its marketplace and is able to prepare the unit for rental in under three days. Tenants can move into their home in as little as three hours, once an apartment is listed; saving both the tenant and landlord time and money. In the last six months, June Homes has seen a 150% growth in the number of tenants as well as a 137% growth in the number of apartments listed. AlleyWatch caught up with June Homes CEO and Founder Daniel Mishin to learn more about the need for flexible housing, the company’s strategic plans, and latest round of funding led by SoftBank Ventures Asia.
The pandemic has defined the future of virtual healthcare as the importance of providing unfettered access to essential healthcare services grew dramatically as society adjusted to the new dynamic. The adoption is expected to endure. In fact, virtual care visits for outpatient care increased 38x in February of this year compared to February of 2020. Despite surging usage and an increased willingness from both consumers and providers, the virtual healthcare journey experience can still be quite fragmented. Pager is a comprehensive virtual care platform that helps patients from initial triage to follow-up care, all in a seamless experience. Offered primarily through health plans and health care organizations, the platform is always accessible to allow access to nurses, doctors, pharmacists, coordinators, and advocates while allowing users to manage nearly every facet of healthcare including triage, telemedicine, appointment scheduling, e-prescriptions, post-care follow-ups, care advocacy, billing, and customer service. AlleyWatch caught up with Pager CFO Matthew J. Kempler to learn more about how Pager is allowing patients to navigate care pathways like never before, the company strategic plans, latest round of funding led by led by Susquehanna Private Equity Investments.
Frank, the college financial planning platform, is being acquired by JPMorgan Chase, as the bank looks to deepen its relationship with students. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The pandemic has tested the resiliency of global supply chains in an unprecedented manner and exposed vulnerabilities. Shock waves have unsettled global trade, creating uncertainty and disruption with these impacts expected to be felt through the next few years. Altana AI is an AI-powered trade intelligence platform focused on supply chains to help organizations better position themselves for this new economic reality and remain competitive. Private sector clients on the platform are able to build a holistic picture of their entire supply chain by tracing sources, mapping out suppliers and customers, monitoring status, and formulating contingency plans for future disruptions. For governments and logistic providers, the platform provides seamless intelligence and risk ratings on individual shipments for security purposes. The company uses billions of data points to create a living map of global commerce while protecting the privacy and intellectual property of all supply chain participants. AlleyWatch caught up with Altana AI CEO and Cofounder Evan Smith to learn more about how the company is facilitating more efficient trade by alleviating bottlenecks through data, strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include GV, Floating Point, Ridgeline Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners, and Schematic Ventures.
The hybrid and work-from-home trend is driving the housing market to frenzied levels. Homes are selling at record speed; the median number of days a home sits on the market is down to 3 in some popular markets. With such competition, buyers need to ensure they are presenting the most competitive and clean offers in order to ensure they are able to purchase their desired properties. Ribbon is a homeownership facilitation platform that lets existing homeowners submit all-cash offers for new properties. Ribbon’s clients, introduced through agents and lending partners, are able to avoid contingencies that can delay and derail deals in this market and sellers are guaranteed prompt payment without drawn-out closings. Founded in 2017, the startup currently operates in six states with plans to expand its footprint to include more markets and more product offerings. AlleyWatch caught up with Ribbon CEO and Cofounder Shaival Shah to learn more about the company, the state of the red-hot housing market, strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Greenspring Associates, Greylock, Bain Capital Ventures, NFX, Nyca, Thomvest, Jake Seid, First American Financial, Waterfall Asset Management, TriplePoint Capital, 75 & Sunny Ventures, Gary Beasley, Gregor Watson, and Guy Gal.
The pandemic has made it easier to sit on the couch and order in without any guilt. But sometimes you want an elevated dining experience not found on Seamless or Uber Eats without having to go out to eat. CookUnity, founded in Brooklyn in 2018, brings gourmet meals from top and rising chefs in the culinary world to your home. Structured as a weekly subscription delivery service, the company offers over 300 meal options that start at a very reasonable $10.49 per meal. With the restaurant industry severely disrupted with lockdowns and fighting for survival, the service has been able to provide chefs much-needed income, expand their followings, and avoid onerous and debilitating fees of the traditional food delivery apps. In fact, top chefs on the platform are earning in excess of $1M per year on the platform. AlleyWatch caught up with CookUnity Founder and CEO Mateo Marietti to learn more about the company’s progress during the pandemic (the company grew 6.5x YOY), national expansion plans, restaurant recommendations, recent fundraise, from Insight Partners, Endeavor Capital, IDCV, Fuel Ventures, and Gaingels.
The housing market has been red-hot with buyers looking for new spaces in a remote-first market. In some popular markets, the median number of days a home sits on the market is as low as 3 days. More than 68% of sales come from situations where there is a competing offer. With such dynamics, time is of the essence especially for buyers that already have existing homes that need to be sold. Orchard is a home buying and selling platform that allows homeowners to manage this delicate balancing act by allowing buyers to purchase a new home before they have sold their existing properties. Through the Orchard Dashboard, homeowners can manage the entire purchasing transaction with integrated options for mortgages, title, and insurance as well as managing the sale of the existing property by setting up listings, showings, cleanings, and light repairs. AlleyWatch sat down with Orchard Cofounder and Chief Product and Marketing Officer Phil DeGisi to learn more about the company’s mission to streamline the home buying and selling process, the state of the real estate market, the company’s expansion plans, latest round of funding from investors that include Accomplice, FirstMark, Revolution, First American, and Juxtapose.
Despite an increasing reliance on technology, the workforce has never been more human-centric than ever before. Organizations must nurture and maximize employee potential to put teams in a position to grow and for companies to succeed. Employee coaching has become a modern centerpiece of continuous performance management. But for far too long, coaching has been […]