A year of steady growth will help Kansas City real estate tech firm RealQuantum end 2018 with the close of its first round of seed funding — securing $850,000 in investments, revealed Mark Davis.
“We closed a couple of times actually — people just kept showing up at the last minute wanting in,” Davis, RealQuantum’s CEO, said of the company’s inaugural investment round that formally closed in mid-October after a launch in late July.
Touting a product that makes tedious real estate appraisals easy, RealQuantum is a web-based narrative appraisal software and cloud-hosted comps database that modernizes the real estate appraisal industry. Capabilities of the product have excited metro investors, Davis added.
“We thought we were going to bootstrap through the entire journey,” Davis said. “[We realized] if we want to go fast, we have to have some acceleration [in terms of] capital.”
Originally leery of taking on outside support, investors — including lead backers Brad Bradley, co-founder of NIC; Steve Tesdahl; and Ned O’Connor, founder of Waterford Property Company — started reaching out to Davis and his team with interest in RealQuantum six months after the company’s launch, making the decision to open a funding round a no brainer, he said.
“[Its encouraging] when experts in the industry are willing to put up their own money for your venture even before you have a product available,” Davis said amazed and encouraged.
The round was led by Dan Craig and Tim Keller, two people Davis credits with making the company’s growth possible. Lead investors will serve as partners who bring value to the company either in expertise, access to new markets or both, he explained.
The company participated this summer in the Enterprise Center of Johnson County’s Pitch Perfect boot camp, as well as presenting on the 1 Million Cups Kansas City stage.
A 2018 LaunchKC grants competitor, RealQuantum is set to end the year with funding exceeding the $1 million mark — between bootstrapping and angel investments — an accomplishment that’s so far positioned the company to grow its development team.
“I didn’t have to jump on any airplanes and we didn’t have to deal with 200 pitches,” Davis said as a testament to local support for RealQuantum. “We were able to close without ever doing much [formal] pitching at all.”