Founders: Adi Tatarko, Alon Cohen
Funding: $213.8 million
Valuation: $2.3 billion
Disrupting: DIY and professional home remodeling and design
Rival: Porch, HGTV, DIY Network, Dwell, Remodelaholic
Ever watch HGTV and wish some of their designers could swoop in and magically transform your home into the perfect living space? Well, Houzz is the next best thing. The platform for home remodeling and design was started in 2009 when husband-and-wife team Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko — Cohen was an eBay engineer and Tatarko worked at a boutique investment firm— ran into problems remodeling their own house and figured other homeowners were dealing with the same issues.
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Today, homeowners can turn to Houzz and click on more than 10 million remodeling and renovating photos for any room in their house. Trying to make a small bedroom seem bigger? Hoping to maximize space in your closet? There are scores of ideas on how to do that. The company's online marketplace lets customers buy the furniture and home accessories they see on Houzz.com directly from the site rather than having to toggle over to the manufacturer's or retailer's site. (The company collects a 15 percent commission on these sales, making it another revenue stream, and features products from such leading brands as GE, Keurig and Cuisinart.)