Outdoorsy chooses Round Rock for second Austin location
Sitting in cozy camping chairs enjoying the beauty of an indoor fire pit, we talked growth with Outdoorsy’s VP of Customer Operations, Nino Cavenecia, in their brand new space in Round Rock.
Just one year after moving their headquarters from San Francisco to Downtown Austin, Outdoorsy, the “Airbnb of RV’s”, expands to Round Rock with a new location for operations. The three-year-old tech company has major plans for growth and expansion, especially after raising another $50 million in Series C funding just this past January. Nino Cavenecia, VP of Customer Operations since January 2018, says he’s been eyeing Round Rock even before he moved from the Bay Area three years ago. Larger tech companies like Apple and Dell have already spilled over into Williamson County; however, according to Cavenecia, newer tech companies/start-ups continue to fearfully avoid the “sleepy suburbs.” Outdoorsy is more forward-looking and understands the need to create connections in the cities that surround the strong tech capital. Cavenecia explained how they offer the modern benefits of a tech company without the massive living expenses and brutal traffic of Austin. As Williamson County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Outdoorsy has positioned itself ahead of the curve, taking advantage of both the ever-increasing workforce and the lower lease rates just north of the Texas capital. Cavenecia says he plans to hire local talent, rather than pulling from Downtown Austin.
“Outdoorsy’s mission is to create value for people,” simply by connecting adventurers to otherwise underutilized RVs and their owners. The company plans to move beyond just being the “Airbnb of RVs” and wants to include outdoor experiences in their offerings – a “one-stop shop for the outdoors,” as Cavenecia said. Moreover, Outdoorsy plans to expand internationally, with focuses on Europe, Canada, and especially Australia and New Zealand where it’s summer all year long. The company currently has about 31,000 vehicles signed up but is projected to move closer to 65,000 by the end of the year.
Outdoorsy’s new location at Old Town Square will focus on customer support, claims, and trust & safety. Outdoorsy prides itself in being proactive in terms of customer service and safety. According to Cavenecia, the company prides itself on being prepared, perfectly suiting one of its industry’s precepts and the camper’s mentality. Currently, the operation has about 25 employees but plans to hire dozens more over the next few months. Learn more about job postings on Outdoorsy’s website.