Meet Nickson, the furniture-as-a-service startup that Barack Obama’s ex-financial adviser just backed
This post is by Mary Ann Azevedo from Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch
Ever toured an apartment and fell in love with the model unit?
You’re not alone. Harvard Business School grad Cameron Johnson is a former institutional real estate investor and Greystar exec turned startup founder who realized that very often, “renters would try to rent the model apartment.”
This got him thinking. People would love to rent a model apartment in a building, and no one likes to move. This spelled opportunity in Johnson’s mind.
So in 2017, he came up with the idea of Nickson, a Dallas-based startup that fully furnishes apartments on demand.
“I thought ‘What if you gave people the ability to simply rent the model, or the ability to add everything in their space needs with a few clicks, similar to how a cable modem comes to your house,’” CEO Johnson said. “I wondered, ‘Why can’t we do that for everything else?’”
But Nickson doesn’t just provide furniture such as beds and sofas, it delivers all the essentials too — from extension cords to pots and pans to silverware to curtain rods. By partnering with a variety of retailers, the startup claims that it allows users “to make their new spaces move-in ready in as little as 3 hours.”
Users take a style quiz and share apartment layout details. Nickson’s designers create an initial layout based on the dimensions of an apartment, desired functions (such as work from home) and the volume of furnishings based on a (Read more...)