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Ep 181:

Interview with Noa Santos, founder of Homepolish

Let's pretend you just bought a new house or condo, or perhaps moved into a new office space and want to make it look amazing...where do you go for help? how do you find the right interior designer for your needs, your budget and your preferred taste? Well the old way of doing it was through google search or maybe getting a referral, but the new way (and better way) is going to Homepolish.

Homepolish was started in 2012 as a platform for connecting homeowners with the perfect interior designer. They screen the interior designers very carefully as to only let the best in. Currently they have around 600 designers available across the country but not surprisingly NYC, LA and SF are their three biggest markets. Homepolish has raised $20 million, in based in NYC and has 65 employees. It's also worth noting that two of their early investors are Jennifer Hyman (co-founder of Rent the Runway) and Andy Hunt (co-founder of Warby Parker).

In this interview I spoke with Noa about his motivation and vision with Homepolish, how did they get started, how did they find their early customers and designers, how does the service work, what is the pricing model, what was their fundraising strategy, how were they able to get Jennifer and Andy involved, what have been the biggest challenges, what have been the lessons learned, what are his favorite memories of the past few years, what is his favorite thing about being the founder of Homepolish, what are his goals for 2017 and much more.

Connect with Homepolish on Facebook and Twitter and Linkedin and Instagram and Crunchbase.

Connect with Noa on Linkedin and Twitter and AngelList.

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