Find more walkable places to live and commutes that don’t suck! At least, that’s what Walk Score CEO Josh Herst thinks is the growing trend that will only catch on with time.
For those of you not in the tech loop, Walk Score is a service that assigns a score on a scale of 1 to 100 for every address in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand based on the address’s proximity to amenities such as transit, restaurants, theatres and more!
We’ve been known to mention Walk Score in our blog posts about new developments. The Carlaw by Streetcar Development and Dundee Realty scores an admirable 92 while 8 Gladstone (also by Streetcar) gets an impressive 86. 32 Camden by The Sorbara Group receives a perfect 100!
It’s an amazing tool and it looks like some prominent financiers are catching on. According to the tech savvy site, Geekwire, Walk Score secured a $2 million first round of financing from a group of Seattle Angels including former Amazon CTO Shel Kaphan, former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre and Geoff Entress, a backer of Cheezburger and dozens of other companies, who led the round and is joining the board.
Speaking to Geekwire about the Walk Score service, Josh Heart said, “Nobody is doing a good job helping people with this search criteria.”
“For the most part, the experience of trying to find of place online continues to be all about price and bedrooms.” he continued. “Over the past few year… we have aggregated a large and unique collection of proprietary data and search technology that we believe positions us to really address this market opportunity.”
People are receptive! About 700,000 visitors per month are using the site and it’s showing about 4 million scores each day on behalf of clients like Zillow and Estately.
What is Walk Score going to do with this cash infusion? Throw a huge party for its staff? No way! They’ll be using the money to improve the Walk Score algorithm and enhance their new apartment and rental search service.
Sounds prettay, prettay, prettay good to us. Congrats to Walk Score for being ready to take things to the next level. We know we’ll be using the service a lot in the future and we think you should too!