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|Real Estate, Property Management Software, Software as a Service|
|Founded 📆||November 2015|
|Headquarters 🏙️||, |
Area served 🗺️
|Services||Property management software|
Number of employees
PapayaPods is an online based application for the rental housing industry, which provides a Property management system for landlords and tenants. The product was selected as the best “Software as a Service” at the 2016 Lisbon Web Summit, in Portugal, out of more than 1.000 start-ups from 166 countries. Its software intends to simplify the management of rent properties by providing real-time communication via instant-messaging, channel managers for landlords' listings and automated tasks such as reservations, repairs, collecting rent, complaint handling, digital move-in/out and contract signing.
PapayaPods was officially founded in 2015 but started as a school project in 2013, when Alex Just (CEO) was confronted by difficulties whilst searching for a place to rent during his studies and, taking into consideration that he was probably not the only one encountering this circumstance, he and his friends from college developed the idea by taking a property management system and applying it to student accommodation.
Two years later, the concept developed into a software dedicated to every step of the rental process between landlords and tenants. In April 2016, the beta version of the website was released, listing over 250 rooms seven months after the release, including Swiss cities such as Geneva, Zurich, and Lausanne. PapayaPods 1.0 was launched in September 2016 with an expanded client base of 100 paying rooms, 800 under trial, and 3.000 in the pipeline. Two months later, the company joined the roster and attended the Lisbon Web Summit.
Although currently based in Lausanne, Switzerland, PapayaPods has spread its roots through Spain and UK as well. Besides Just, the company is integrated by Jakub Riziky (CPO), Adrien Stucki (Sales & Business Development), Aaron Pitts (UI/UX Design & Front end Development), Elliot Pitts (Back-end Development), and around ten employees.
Hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 6th, 2016, the Web Summit opened its arms to over 15.000 companies —including over 1.000 start-ups — from 166 countries. Out of the start-ups, 200 were chosen to pitch their ideas on stage in three separate rounds, and —out of the original 200— 3 finalists were chosen to present their pitches to more than 10.000 spectators. The panel of judges comprised of Steve Anderson (first investor in Instagram and Twitter), Marcus Segal (Partner of Y Combinator) and Theresia Gouw (co-founder of Aspect Ventures). After a positive response, PapayaPods made it into the top 3 finalists out of the 200 companies which had the opportunity to pitch, and was also selected for best "Software as a Service."
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