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About Starcity

Starcity’s mission is to make living in great cities accessible to everyone. We’ll make the living arrangements delightful and sustainable so that people can stay in cities long-term. We will do this by redefining the meaning of home. Innovative interior-design that increases livable space and smart technology that reduces waste will be at our core. We are building our communities in a way that will reflect the diverse, eclectic nature of each city.

Home is welcoming, relaxing and safe. Home is a group of respectful, warm, and empathetic people. Home is an inclusive, uplifting community. Welcome to Starcity.

The Team

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Jon Dishotsky

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Jon has lived in San Francisco since rent for an apartment was ~$1,000 (a long time ago). He grew up in Palo Alto, where his family fostered a communal lifestyle with people from around the world. They shacked up in the family’s cottage and developed a deep sense of (hippie) community spirit. At Starcity, Jon shapes company culture, finds and closes deals to grow Starcity's network of communal homes, identifies future growth opportunities, and handles public relations.

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Mohammad Sakrani

CPO & CO-FOUNDER

Mo has lived in shared, communal housing his entire life, from growing up in a tiny apartment with a family of six in NYC to his current San Francisco apartment that he shares with a group of four. At Starcity, Mo shapes the design aesthetic, manages software and physical product development, and works closely with our communities to address their needs.

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Jesse Suarez

COO & CO-FOUNDER

Jesse lived in a communal house during his undergraduate days at UC Berkeley. There he learned the power of sharing resources and community interaction. Jesse was living in San Francisco until rent increases caused him to move east to Oakland. At Starcity, Jesse structures relationships with our many partners, handles financial operations and spearheads recruitment.

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Josh Lehman

CTO & CO-FOUNDER

Josh recently lived on a tiny sailboat for several weeks during a race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. He now lives in Oakland, though he's often found with his camera in Golden Gate Park, taking photos of everyday San Franciscans. At Starcity, Josh builds all of our software and handles smart-home tech integrations for our communal homes.

Here's more about the founders of Starcity.

Company Timeline

2009

Jesse & Mo meet at UC Davis Law, become besties.

2013

Mo & Jon meet during real estate deal. Jesse moves from LA to SF to join Mo.

2014

Josh working on a startup, looks to Jesse and Mo for fundraising advice.

2015

Jon resigns from career to go on vision quest.

Jan - Mar
2016

Jon conducts focus group with 700 participants to figure out housing solutions. Jon pursues Jesse, Mo & Josh to co-found new venture, known as...

May
2016

June
2016

Founders accepted into Y Combinator with just a team and a dream.

July
2016

Groundbreaking on prototype at 52 Gilbert Street, San Francisco.

Sep
2016

Founders graduated from Y Combinator which culminated in the raising of an initial seed round closed in late 2016 from NEA, Social Capital, and a bunch of other great investors.

Nov
2016

Prototype location opens for business, first members move in.

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