EM Group Chat #080: Building & Launching Swimply With Bunim Laskin

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Bunim Laskin

Recording of the Everything Marketplaces Group Chat #080 (12/7) with Bunim Laskin, who's the CEO of Swimply. Swimply is the largest marketplace for pool sharing that's recently seen a surge of demand and has scaled to 130+ cities in the US. They also just announced their $40M Series A round and are backed by top marketplace angel investors & funds.

0:05 Intro
1:05 Bunim's background
2:20 The founding story of Swimply
7:35 How the pandemic impacted Swimply & eventually accelerated it's growth
18:27 How the Swimply product & marketplace experience has evolved
20:40 Examples of hosts on Swimply & earnings
22:22 How Swimply hosts are marketing their own listings to increase their earnings
24:31 How Swimply is approaching new markets & managing liquidity
29:36 The markets that Swimply operates in
30:51 How Swimply has leveraged press & media for growth
33:12 The fundraising journey
37:23 Group Q&A on overcoming initial challenges with educating the market & onboarding suppliers
41:45 Group Q&A on how Swimply initially identified potential hosts for supply outreach
43:18 Group Q&A on challenges with partnerships
46:58 Group Q&A on approach with being a niche marketplace & expanding categories

Bunim on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bunim-laskin-1a6a81146
Swimply: https://www.zillow.com

Connect with Bunim in the Everything Marketplaces community.