“How many more of these do we have to see today?!” I asked my wife bitterly. “I mean, none of these are close to what we want - and this was supposed to be fun and exciting.” I was completely frustrated with the process of buying a house. Was I just too particular? Even if I was too particular, this was going to be a major investment for me and I should get what I want, right?
Our broker chimes in and says, “everyone has to make compromises” ... I thought to myself, why?! Really, why can’t I get a new house that I love in a place I want to live at a price I want to pay - that seems like something everyone who has ever gone through this awful process wants... just then, the tech-guy trapped in me said “I just don’t understand why I can’t go online - click a few buttons and get my house built.” The broker laughed at me, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that getting exactly what I wanted was possible.
I didn’t buy a house, I decided to jump in and build one. What was an intellectual curiosity for me became my primary focus. I studied everything I could about construction, efficiencies, project management and more, and over 9 months I built a house! My experience, however, was far more advantageous than most people - I only succeeded because I was able to dedicate 100% of my time and energy towards the project. Most people don’t have that luxury - but I think that everyone should have access to a turn-key new home.
Earlier this year, I shared my learnings with Ben, Moisey, and Mitch, my co-founders from DigitalOcean. We discussed how similar the problems and logistical challenges of delivering an amazing home at an affordable price were to what we learned building a unicorn infrastructure company. We all had the passion to deliver what centuries of home building has been leading us towards - the ability to go online and buy your new home, customized how you’d like and ready in just 6 months.
Along with my brother Marc, and good friend Jesse, the DigitalOcean co-founding team quickly rallied to work together again, and we couldn’t be more excited. We are proud to announce that we’ve raised a $5.35M seed round to help accelerate our mission to turn home buyers into home builders.