BROOKLYN, NY — April 3, 2018 — Nooklyn (nooklyn.com), the rentals startup that makes finding apartments and roommates easy, has received its third Webby nomination in the best Real Estate Websites category. Competing with four larger industry players, Nooklyn is the only nominee that offers brokerage services in addition to being a rental search platform. It’s also the only competitor that has built a social network for safely connecting with potential roommates. As a further differentiator, Nooklyn is the only fast-growing startup nominee that has been primarily bootstrapped.
This nomination follows Nooklyn’s expansion into Manhattan, as well as a successful $825k seed funding round. The company is putting the seed funds toward further geographic expansion and to open up the platform, enabling anyone to list their apartment. Recently launched features include Nooklyn Apply, an easy and transparent way to get approved for an apartment, and Nooklyn Pay, a secure digital payments platform. On the radar is Nooklyn Stay, which will allow individuals and roommates to pay their recurring rent online seamlessly.
“Real estate will be the next industry to be disrupted by technology,” said Nooklyn CFO Moiz K. Malik. “Our goal is to make finding an apartment or roommate as easy as ordering a burrito from your phone.”
Since its inception in 2011, Nooklyn has helped over 25k New York renters move, processed $51m in payments, employed 300 real estate agents, and achieved a monthly active user count of 51k. Nooklyn Stories, an online magazine for renters, publishes relevant local content to its audience including neighborhood guides, event coverage, and profiles of key community members and locally-owned businesses. The recently launched “Badass Women” series spotlights female entrepreneurs, artists, and changemakers who are creating impact in their communities.