Find a free place to stay with someone you trust. Organize your Facebook friends by location, and unlock access to members in professional associations, service organizations, and alumni groups to which you belong....
Find a free place to stay with someone you trust. Organize your Facebook friends by location, and unlock access to members in professional associations, service organizations, and alumni groups to which you belong.
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Brian Howe
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Brian Howe Startup attorney turned entrepreneur. Most recently EIR at University of Washington. Previously founded GoElevator, Impact Hub/Fledge.
Greg Langdon
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Todd Sampson
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Recommendations

Chris Drayer CoFounder at Revaluate

HorizonApp is pretty amazing.
Connect with your friends, and friends of friends when on the road or trail and in need of a place to crash. It's beautiful interface sucks you in and removes the pain of accommodation planning.
Living local is important to me when I travel - HorizonApp makes me feel at home.

Matt Lerner

Drew is an entrepreneur through and through. I met him during the early days of Zillow and have always been impressed with his smarts and ability to think strategically about startups. Drew is well respected and well-known throughout the real estate industry. I have only great things to say about Drew and I only hear great things about him from others. I love the Horizon idea and look forward to seeing it grow like crazy!

Dean Price

I'm pleased to recommend Oren Borovitch and the HorizonApp team for TechStars. Oren is an intelligent, disciplined, and determined individual who proved to me that he can take an idea and bring it to market. As a former team member of Public Cash Services, he helped introduce financial service products into a wireless company and make it profitable in significantly less time than originally modeled. He can roll with the punches and works his way through obstacles, always keeping the end game in mind. Highly recommended!

Krisstina Wise

I highly recommend Drew and his Team for TechStars. I've known Drew since 2007 through the real estate tech industry where he built a name for himself as an innovator, connector and all around great guy. I've since followed him and his entrepreneurial endeavors in to the travel industry. Drew lives with passion to live life to the fullest while inventing tools that enable him and others to do so! He's smart, ambitious, and best of all, he's good people. I admire him as an entrepreneur with big ambitions and am honored to call him a friend.

Vincent Turner Co-Founder at Planwise

Drew and his team are spot on with Horizon in terms of their vision and early product development. Collaborative consumption is underpinned by trust and location, both of which are designed into the user experience. Tons of potential revenue models outside of the core functionality

Christian Sterner

Drew Myers is a class act and is one of the best connectors of dots that I know. He's true/trusted cameleon amongst highly intelligent, yet diverse audiences. He's an excellent listener and student of the tech game. What's more, he can execute without letting his ego in the way. I strongly believe that any group of people could benefit from working with Drew and have no doubt that those that do will find their way into the winners' circle.

Anthony Longo

Drew and I go way back to his early Zillow days while he was doing social media and business development. He traveled all over the country building community for Zillow - I believe I met him for the first time at either Inman Connect or one of the REBarCamps around the country, and have been a huge fan ever since. Drew's passion is obvious in everything he does, and that's the primary reason so many are drawn to him.

The team knows travel, community, and mobile dev. They've proved revenue viability. They've built a great iOS beta app. And they've received solid validation from group/community administrators.

Horizon is going after a huge crazy goal: to organize the world's trusted communities by location. I can only imagine the offshoot businesses once it's at scale. The TechStars network will help them pull it off. I highly recommend Drew and the team.

Spencer Rascoff

Drew was hired at Zillow in September of 2005 prior to our public launch in February. He moved over to the marketing team mid 2006 and worked under me until his departure in early 2010. During his time at Zillow, he interacted with every business unit-- from sales to partner relations to community relations to product development. He consistently showed his entrepreneurial colors by launching such initiatives as Geek Estate Blog and Carnival of Real Estate rom within the walls of Zillow. He served as a company spokesman and spoke at conferences all over the country on the topics of social media marketing, search engine optimization, WordPress, and real estate blogging strategies. He figured out at an early age that following your passion is essential to succeeding in any line of work. He knows what it takes to build a web business that reaches millions of individuals across the globe.He gets my highest recommendation, and I’d be happy to provide further details upon request.

Diego Morales Sales and Marketing VP at Fork Ltd

I'm writing to recommend HorizonApp to be part of Techstars NYC. As the Assistant Director at Start-Up Chile, I've had to interact multiple times with Drew Meyers —whom has built along with his team— an amazing app that is already working and being used by the Start-Up Chile Community (+2,000). HorizonApp has helped a vast community of entrepreneurs stay in touch, and know where everyone is around the world. I strongly recommend the team because they are committed, responsable, understand how to build communities with technology, have high levels of self efficacy and certainly know how to exploit an opportunity. I certainly hope that HorizonApp is accepted into the program, as they are one of our top startups in the program.

John Rowles

<p>The proof that the sharing economy is real is in the reaction to the success of AirBnB and Uber among the calcified interests that perceive that success as a threat. </p>

<p>HorizonApp puts more “share” into the sharing economy, potentially using the mobile Internet to empower more travel and stronger connections between people. This project demonstrates that politically motivated road blocks are futile, because the nature of the network is to route around obstacles. </p>

<p>Drew was the point man for Zillow on social media in the real estate industry, so he has ample experience explaining the new to those who will listen and responding to the fear of change from those who will not.</p>

<p>Eric and I worked together on our own real estate technology project for five years. He is, simply, the unicorn engineer any tech start up wants on their team — a guy with an equal grasp on business strategy and technology and an intuitive understanding of how the two should be joined.</p>

Matthew Newton Employee at McDonald Real Estate

I've known Drew & Will for a while now. Both of them I met while on the road so I can say that they understand what it takes in this market.

Horizon is a great concept. I'm signed up and am enjoying watching them iterate their app. Am looking forward to the day when this blows up and all my friends are on it.

Plus ... do these guys have SKILLS or what?

Seth Siegler

This is a rare combination of a solid concept and a great team that knows how to get things done. They've been together for a while and have demonstrated quality execution. They have domain knowledge and are seriously dedicated.

Seann Birkelund Advisor at HorizonApp

Drew and his team are developing a solution to a large, unmet need in the travel vertical. They have a clear understanding of market opportunity and the buyer, and they are laser focused on executing against a near-term pain point to drive consumer adoption and awareness. HorizonApp's development team has a demonstrated ability to deliver world-class, cutting-edge technology. The executive team has the background and experience to navigate through the challenges of early growth and pivot the business appropriately to realize the full potential of the business.

HorizonApp and the team would be a excellent addition to Techstars.

Casey Hynes

In the five years I've known Will, he has always been an introspective and independent designer and thinker. Will designed the website for my writing portfolio, and he is an exceptional designer and consultant. He constantly challenges himself to learn new technical skills and refine his design philosophy. He only does work he believes in and holds himself, and his team, to high professional and moral standards. Will’s travel experience gives him unique insight into how Horizon can benefit users.

Will applies thoughtfulness and precise thinking to every project he undertakes. His design portfolio and written work reflect his ability to solve problems with smart, elegant solutions.

Will’s intuitive design sense and belief in simple, intelligent functionality are part of why Horizon is already such a valuable product. He and the rest of the Horizon team are creating a product that will serve millions in the travel space. I highly recommend Will and the Horizon team to Techstars.

Casey Hynes

I first met Drew when we were both traveling and working remotely in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Drew’s passion for travel was apparent even then, before he had started Horizon. It makes sense that Drew founded a company that facilitates travel and fosters community. He is a seasoned traveler and knows the unique problems travelers face when connecting with people and finding a place to stay in new cities. He brings his own experience to bear on the product and is responsive to feedback from consumers.

Drew is dedicated to his company and motivated to create the best possible product for Horizon users. He is committed to ethical, sustainable travel and to creating a company that gives back. His approach to his work reflects the best kind of start-up founder. Drew and his Horizon team have a great product that fills a real need in the travel space, and I strongly recommend them for Techstars.

Greg Langdon Advisor at Collabra Music

I've known Eric Roland for several years, having first met him when we were co-organizers for Startup Weekend events. I've worked with Eric and Drew as an advisor for Horizon as the product and the business model have evolved. Separately, Eric is usually the first person who's opinion I seek on questions about system architecture for complex applications. Horizon seems poised to fill an unmet need among a large but well-defined group of travelers.

Leslie Forman Co-Founder at International Career Compass

I'm glad to recommend Drew and the HorizonApp team for TechStars. I've known Drew since 2008, when we were both active in Wokai, a peer-to-peer microfinance non-profit focused on China. Drew is a committed community builder, continually creating new ways to enable trusted travel connections through technology. HorizonApp is expanding the hospitality exchange market by exposing the hidden inventory of places to stay, available only to trusted contacts (inventory that will never be on any public website) and solving the technology problem that has historically limited these types of networks from reaching critical mass. HorizonApp has the potential to be on the phone of every traveler in our generation — that's at least 200 million travelers worldwide. Based on their solid understanding of what these travelers seek, mobile-first technology, and growing track record of revenue-generating deals, I highly recommend Drew, Will, Eric and the rest of the HorizonApp team.

Leslie Forman Co-Founder at International Career Compass

I'm glad to recommend Drew and the HorizonApp team for TechStars. I've known Drew since 2008, when we were both active in Wokai, a peer-to-peer microfinance non-profit focused on China. Drew is a committed community builder, continually creating new ways to enable trusted travel connections through technology. HorizonApp is expanding the hospitality exchange market by exposing the hidden inventory of places to stay, available only to trusted contacts (inventory that will never be on any public website) and solving the technology problem that has historically limited these types of networks from reaching critical mass. HorizonApp has the potential to be on the phone of every traveler in our generation — that's at least 200 million travelers worldwide. Based on their solid understanding of what these travelers seek, mobile-first technology, and growing track record of revenue-generating deals, I highly recommend Drew, Will, Eric and the rest of the HorizonApp team.

Eric Marcoullier Advisor / Investor / Consultant at Several companies

I first met Drew while he was working on Zillow's marketing team, where he was an influential advocate for MyBlogLog. We've kept in touch ever since through the end of his tenure at Zillow, and over the several years he’s been learning & iterating in the travel industry.

His team has been iterating on the idea of location-based community for several years and I’ve had the chance to follow Horizon’s progress closely over the past 6 months as one of their advisors. They have the opportunity to become the primary travel service for 200 million millennial yearly travelers — all of whom are looking for savings on accommodations, trusted contacts, and advice.

They’ve started to close revenue-generating deals, moved to Chile to keep burn low and are close to launching into a broad private beta. His team are hustlers of the best kind.

I highly recommend Drew, Will, Eric and the rest of the Horizon team.

Brian Howe CEO at Format Health

It's my pleasure to recommend Drew Meyers and his team at HorizonApp for TechStars NYC. As an investor, entrepreneur, startup attorney, and advisor to many startups, I have the privilege of meeting hundreds of entrepreneurs each year and vet a lot of teams/ideas.

Drew and his team have shown a capacity to pivot in response to customer demands and have narrowed their concept to a very interesting niche. While the product/market fit is still in an early stage of being figured out, the problem they have identified is unique and universally felt amongst the potential customers they have identified. As the global business strategy lead for the Impact Hub network, I know there is a high level of interest among us and other affiliate organizations in building network relationships via making travel/lodging connections among members.

Their technical expertise is not in question--they've shown a great capacity in previous roles for building great platforms. I highly recommend HorizonApp.