While I have used the other updates to talk about Rentah product, use cases, and marketing agenda, in this update I would like to share a bit about our spirit and driving forces.
I have had many jobs across a variety of fields from sales to hospitality, but most of my working life has been as a teacher and professor. The last week of May, for me, is often dominated by grading papers and reflecting on the previous semester - which is probably what inspired this post : ). Rentah would not exist without my Geography courses. Growing up I was a bit of a hippy and activist (I still may be in the eyes of some) but through my research and life experiences I began to realize that many of the issues that we face in our world such as environmental waste and resource allocation, poverty, lack of love in our work etc tend to be interrelated and that many of them can be solved by us working together..... and often the best motivation for us to work together is a mutually beneficial outcome like saving or earning money $$$$$$. This emphasis on income has not pleased some of my hippie friends but studies have shown time and time again a home with less financial stress is one of the strongest contributors towards health and well being! I truly believe if we can help people earn a bit more while doing what they love, and keeping that money local, we can have profound impacts on communities and truly build a sharing economy. Rentah is more than a business, it is my life's mission, it is my living dissertation and it is an embodiment of what I teach about daily for the last 7 years.
My Geography class has had a major influence on Rentah but the people that have built and developed this product have also injected much of their spirit into our company.
Alyssa our Front End Developer and the person that keeps everyone in check as the project manager is as strong and hard working as they come. She left home and moved across the country at an early age to pursue her dreams. She then left NYU after realizing being 200k in debt would hinder said dreams and decided to pave her own way. She understand what it takes to work towards your goal, work on a passion project, and simultaneously be a freelancer to survive the New York City rent. I hope we can have a community of Alyssas' on Rentah. Our users would have access to some top notch creative talent. PS You can find her unique offerings on Rentah here https://www.rentah.com/listing/1/Creative/Minimal-Design-Posters/2433
Charlton may not have been accepted to the best schools but he has been coding for more than half of his life and is constantly learning and pushing himself to be the best he can be despite some hardships and struggles. He has shouldered much of the burden of Rentah and like all great young prospects - the future is incredibly bright. We are lucky and blessed to have someone that breathes development 24/7 that does not believe in excuses but rather himself and his abilities! We are incredibly lucky that he stopped hacking PS4 games and decided to help us build a product we think will change the world (Sorry to all you gamers out there missing out on his cheat codes :)
I can go on and on about the rest of the team Wayne, Giancarlo, and Aaron and how they come from the varied backgrounds of China, Peru and Indiana respectively with equally diverse work experiences from working on aerospace technology to being a building superintendent. I can go on and on talking about the blue collar nature of our initial family and friends investors (I'm shouting you out Brian and Chris Persky) and the support from behind the scenes advisers that have experience working in finance, 3d printing and military service, but I read somewhere that attention spans are decreasing so I figured id keep this update short and sweet (kind of)!
That being said, expect to keep hearing about our philosophy, diversity and integrity because deep down I believe this is the reason we will take over the Sharing Economy. Much Rentah Love and Thank You for the moral and financial support!
Sincerely, Anup Desai, Founder
P.S Words matter, but I got this tattoo 3 years ago as a daily reminder of the mission at hand. Cheers.