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What is Porch?
Porch.com is the first and only free home improvement network that connects homeowners and renters with the right home service professionals based on who neighbors have used, project and cost history, and friend and neighbors’ endorsements.

What’s your traction been like thus far?
We have been really well received from homeowners, professionals, and the media. Not only do we currently have 1.5 million home professionals on Porch and insights on 90 million home projects, but we’ve been getting great feedback from people using Porch. Additionally we’ve had some great media traction and have been featured in outlets such as Business Insider, Fast Company, and Huffington Post.

What do you know now that you wish you would have known when you started Porch?
Every company has so much to learn in terms of what their customers want and how they will interact with a product. I would have loved to have known what was a waste of time as far as the early experiments we were running, but this is why companies test and operate using lean methodologies.

What’s a hypothesis that you’ve had that has failed? And how did you respond?
With Porch.com specifically, we had a certain hypothesis that producing a score for a professional was going to be something that homeowners cared about. As we started running our minimal viable products, it was very clear that they didn’t care what a third party company like us scored them – they wanted to know who their neighbors and friends had used so we shifted our strategy. I think the key thing is to have a hypothesis either fail or become validated quickly.

What’s your favorite startup in Seattle? (Besides your own!)
I am really fond of Moz – they are a great Seattle startup. Their tools have been really valuable in our own strategy at Porch.com.

What’s your favorite thing about being a startup in Seattle?
Besides Seattle being home to my favorite NFL team, the Seahawks, I love the local startup ecosystem here. There is a great startup community and everyone is passionate about making Seattle one of the biggest hubs for startups.

What’s your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?
Having the ability to make a real impact. Whether changing an industry or solving a real problem, that is something that I really love about being an entrepreneur. I also love being a part of a group of people that have a single mission and have lots of energy to make things happen.

What does the success look like for Porch?
Our goal at Porch.com is to build a truly great company that solves a really big problem. To achieve that goal we need to build a great team and company culture, delight customers, create beautiful experiences, and help millions of homeowners and businesses. Accomplishing those things is what success looks like to me.

What’s your favorite local sports team?
Seahawks

If your company were an animal, what would it be and why?
I think Porch.com would be that friendly dog who walks around from house to house in the neighborhood. He loves to sit on the Porch and everyone knows and loves him!

If you were to take Porch on a date, where would it want to go?
A Seahawks game. Who wouldn’t want to go that?

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