Online travel company Outdoorsy said Thursday it has moved its corporate headquarters from San Francisco to Austin to take advantage of the area’s talent pool, tech scene and outdoors culture.
Outdoorsy said it has transferred its management team and 20 to 30 employees to Central Texas. The company said it plans to make additional hires in its marketing, customer service, software engineering, finance and sales sectors. By the end of 2018, it expects to have more than 100 employees in Austin, the company said.
“We are thrilled to be a part of a thriving tech-savvy and beautiful city that embraces our values of celebrating both community and its surroundings,”Jennifer Young, an Outdoorsy co-founder, said in a written statement. “We’ll be hiring some of the best and brightest talent Austin has to offer, while also ensuring everyone can easily access and safely enjoy recreational travel.”
Founded in 2015, Outdoorsy provides on-demand rentals of RVs through its website, www.outdoorsy.com.
The company said it has booked more than 450,000 travel days during the past year, resulting in more than $100 million in revenue. Outdoorsy recently raised $25 million in a funding round led by Aviva Ventures and Altos Ventures. Outdoorsy said the funding will be used to expand its market share and add staff in its engineering and product departments.
Its decision to move to Austin, executives said, was driven by the young labor force, business-friendly environment, tech industry and thousands of acres of green space. Since Austin is also a city filled with young people, Outdoorsy said it would be closer to its target audience. Roughly 4o percent of the company’s customer base is under the age of 40.