Zumper picks up $6.5 million in Series A funding round

Real estate search site in pursuit of end-to-end home, apartment rentals

From left: Taylor Glass-Moore, Zumper logo, Anthemos Georgiades
From left: Taylor Glass-Moore, Zumper logo, Anthemos Georgiades

Home search platform Zumper has raised $6.5 million in a Series A round of funding, the real estate startup announced Monday.

Zumper closed the round from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with seed investors NEA and Dawn Capital also participating. Chi-Hua Chien, who led the initial seed investment round from KPCB, will join Zumper’s Board of Directors, according to a press release from the company.

Zumper pursued the funding with the aim of building the first ever end-to-end platform for home and apartment rentals across mobile and web, CEO Anthemos Georgiades said in a release from the startup.

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“We built Zumper to increase the speed and efficiency of the apartment rental process for both renters and real estate professionals, and we spent our first year and a half getting the fundamental user experience right,” Georgiades said in the release. “But we have a much bigger vision, which this funding will help accelerate: to power the apartment rental process from end to end.”

Zumper’s mobile-first business-to-business product Zumper Pro has grown at a rate of more than 25 percent month-over-month since launching in April 2013, and the company’s search platform has grown from two initial launch markets to covering the entire U.S., according to the release. — Julie Strickland