I’m stoked that Appear Here, brainchild of Ross Bailey and one of our portfolio companies has raised £1m in funding from a range of strong investors. Howzat Partners led the round with participation from Playfair Capital, MMC,
and a small number of strategic investors from the property industry. This funding is just rewards for a hard working team that deserves the success they’re getting. See the Telegraph and Techcrunch for more details.
Appear Here is a market place for short term lets on the High Street. This video tells their story.
They are also a great example of how we work with companies here in our offices at Forward Partners. We backed Ross last November when it was just him, a plan, and some encouraging conversations with landlords. Since then he and his team have been sitting alongside us in these offices and we’ve partnered with them to validate their assumptions, launch a v1 product in month 3, build traction and then raise their next round of funding. Having an up close view of Ross sell, hustle, hire and obsess over his product and customers has been a joy and a privilege.
Every company will be different, but the Appear Here journey is a rough a template for how we would like to work with other very early stage companies going forward.
We also invest in slightly later stage companies who work out of their own offices.