Sometimes businesses come from identifying a need in the marketplace—other times they come from identifying your own.
Ryan Coon was a DIY landlord who needed to manage the time-consuming process of finding and screening tenants, signing leases, collecting rent, and performing maintenance, and he realized there was no current technology solutions for these problems.
So he started Avail, which now serves over 150,000 landlords and 400,000 tenants. Ryan tells us his story of leaving the world of financing to start a tech company and why merely having a great product isn’t enough.
Find more about Avail: https://www.avail.co/
Ryan Coon is co-founder and CEO of Avail, a platform that improves the rental experience for DIY landlords and renters. At Avail, Ryan focuses on company strategy, hiring, and developing new partnerships. Prior to co-founding Avail in 2015, Ryan was an Investment Banking Associate at BMO Capital Markets performing M&A and equity capital markets transactions for financial services firms. Ryan left BMO in February 2011, to travel the world and to learn Ruby on Rails. Ryan earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ryan is on Twitter @ryanmcoon.