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Invest in washbnb

Laundry sucks. eliminating it for Airbnb hosts is a $69B problem! πŸ› πŸ¦„

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Investor Panel

Tony and Daniel interviewed washbnb on April 21, 2021. Play Video
Tony Wilkins
Private investor at Standing Oaks Venture Partners. Started investing in 1991. I invest in coachable people who I admire, respect and trust.
Daniel Edwards
Daniel is a startup CEO, angel investor, advisor and board member spanning from London to Silicon Valley.
Strengths
says, "Founder has a strong sense of the short term rental ethos and expectation of quality. He clearly understands that this is a people business and demonstrates his passion to differentiate his service... through service."
says, "The team has personally dealt with the laundry problems associated with being an Airbnb host and created a solution to solve it. When looking for a good company you always prefer someone who has experienced the problem and solved it for themselves first. Daniel (CEO) has been an Airbnb superhost for over 5 years and Cat (CDO) has been an Airbnb host too. They have really identified a market in need of a solution where legacy laundry service providers don't service because of the smaller size of these Airbnb host."
Advice
says, "Selecting, on boarding, training and promoting people who love the service industry will be a key to success."
says, "Washbnb has started in a market that isn't seen as traditionally a startup area, but I think that could work to their advantage. By building out the base of the company in these markets they could really build a strong foundation before attacking bigger markets."

What Investors Say

Exited Airbnb entrepreneur and bestselling author
LEAD INVESTOR
Invested $10,000 this round
I have chosen to invest in washbnb because of the incredible opportunity they are pursuing in the ever evolving short term rental industry! I also believe in investing in people that I believe will make a difference in this world.... and Daniel Cruz and his team are certainly in that category. Washbnb are perfectly positioned to take advantage and provide a solution to the never-ending struggle Short Term Rental / Airbnb Hosts face worldwide..... dealing with laundry!! With a unique vision to scale the company, I truly believe that washbnb is going to be a gamechanger in the hospitality industry of the future.

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