According to Kevin Long, there used to be a lot of unhappy campers out there who for years searched in vain for a website with accurate campground reviews.
Then in 2013, Long’s wife, Sarah Smith, launched a Portland, Ore., tech startup called The Dyrt, which can best be described as Yelp for campgrounds, according to the Portland Business Journal.
Fast-forward a few years, and The Dyrt signed up 16,000 new users in 2017 alone. In a single month earlier this year, it signed up 18,000 new users. And now, according to Long, The Dyrt is signing up an average of one new user every minute.
That rapid rise is part of what helped the company quickly land a $2.6 million Series A round, which closed about three months ago. Led by Peninsula Ventures, a San Mateo, California, venture capital firm, the round also included Rogue Venture Partners, Fluffco, Varkain, Portland Seed Fund and TiE Oregon Angels.
“I love when people say you can’t raise money in Portland,” said Long, who’s worked with other Portland startups before. “We did it in three weeks.”
He said the company will use the funding in part to expand its staff. It’s now at about 25 employees and should be up to 35 by year’s end. The Dyrt is currently based in WeWork.
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