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Starcity's mission is to make living in great cities accessible to everyone.
Why Is This Important?
Cities have amazing power. The 30 largest cities in the US account for over 50% of our GDP. In addition to their economic production, cities offer us culture, the opportunity to increase our social/professional capital, and for some, they offer social safety nets. Urban populations are growing at a rate several times faster than the capacity to plan, build and manage urban housing.
How We Are Doing This
We convert existing non-residential buildings into living spaces, repurpose inefficient residences to high-density layouts, and build housing developments from the ground up in a cost-effective way. We design homes with delight and sustainability: innovative interior-design that increases livable space and smart technology that reduces waste will be at our core. We will accelerate the growth of cities while maintaining the character and charm of the cities we love.
Our communities are designed for people seeking to share resources and experiences, thereby reducing footprint and social isolation. The urban dweller is ever-evolving. Starcity is reimagining the physical spaces in which we live with direct input from our members. We challenge those who join us to think of home as a social and economic platform for you to get more from life: shelter, security, delight, access to friends, work, new opportunities and — most importantly — community.
The Founding Team
Here's more about the founders of Starcity.
CEO and 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.
CPO and co-founder
Mo has lived in shared, communal housing most of his life, from growing up in a tiny apartment with a family of six in NYC to a San Francisco apartment that he shares with a group of four. At Starcity, Mo shapes the design aesthetic, manages physical product development, and works closely with our communities to address their needs.
COO and 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. At Starcity, Jesse structures relationships with our many partners, handles financial operations and spearheads recruitment.
CTO and co-founder
Josh recently lived on a tiny sailboat for several weeks during a race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. Now living in one of our Starcity communities, he's often found with his camera in Golden Gate Park, taking photos of everyday San Franciscans. At Starcity, Josh leads the team that builds our software and handles smart-home tech integrations for our communal homes.
Jon conducts focus group with 700 participants to figure out housing solutions. Jon pursues Jesse, Mo & Josh to co-found new venture, known as Starcity.
Founders accepted into Y Combinator with just a team and a dream.
Groundbreaking on prototype at 52 Gilbert Street, San Francisco.
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.
Starcity opens first office at 1028 Kearny in Jackson Square, SF.
Starcity’s 2nd community "La Mariposa" opens in The Mission District of San Francisco.
Closed Series A investment lead by Bullpen Capital with participation from Y Combinator and more.
Opened second market Los Angeles with location in Venice Beach and office on Abbot Kinney.