It seems often that founders start off attempting to solve one problem in a market, and that work leads them to an even bigger problem—and their second startup. This is Johnny Hanna’s story.
He began with a startup just out of college that offered a software solution for apartment rental management. Through this work, he discovered that many people chose to rent apartments because they were too intimidated by the bureaucracy and expenses of buying a home. So he started his second company, Homie, which set out to eliminate those obstacles.
On this edition of Founders Journey, Johnny discusses the special challenges he faced in a highly regulated market with a fixed culture, how he eventually managed to raise fifty million in funds, and overcoming the fear of failure in the beginning years.
More information: https://www.homie.com/
Johnny Hanna is CEO and Co-Founder of Homie. Homie’s mission is to simplify home buying and selling with a one-stop-shop experience with Homie Real Estate, Homie Loans, Homie Title, and Homie Insurance.
Prior to Homie, Johnny was President and Co-Founder of Entrata, a real estate software company, where he helped the company grow to over $100 million in annual revenue. Johnny and his wife, Paige, have 7 boys, 1 little girl, and two dogs. Johnny and Paige are both trained mental fitness coaches and have a passion for helping others heal.