Anyplace is a startup marketplace for furnished rooms and apartments for those looking for something less permanent than a long-term lease. Recently, the startup annoucned that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding.
CEO Satoru Steve Naito said he co-founded the company to meet his own needs as a “digital nomad” who likes to move from city to city every few months.
“I wanted this product for myself: I hate to commit to a long-term contract, and I want utilities and wifi taken care of when I secure a room,” Naito said.
For him, that meant moving into a hotel, where he said the rooms are “easy-to-book and fully furnished.” And while Naito’s far from the first person to call a hotel room home (I did it myself for a summer journalism internship back in 2006), with Anyplace, he’s created an online marketplace where you can rent hotel rooms and other furnished housing on a month-to-month basis.
Naito said Anyplace normally negotiates a 30% to 50% discount with the hotels. Those hotels then get a new source of monthly revenue, which may be particularly important as they try to compete with services like Airbnb.
And while the pitch might sound similar to a serviced apartment or a co-living space, Naito noted that Anyplace functions purely as an online marketplace, without operating any properties of its own. So it actually partners with apartments and co-living companies to bring them more renters.
Anyplace handles the booking and payment process, in return for collecting a 10 percent commission. It also reduces the risk for the hotel or property owner by performing basic background checks, and Naito also plans to introduce insurance that will cover eviction costs for up to $10,000.
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