New boating app attracts investors at Matrix Partners, HubSpot, and more
BOSTON – May 20, 2015 – Dockwa, a mobile app company providing seamless reservations to boaters and the marine industry, announced today that it had raised $1.1 million in additional seed funding. Investors include David Skok of Matrix Partners, HubSpot's CEO Brian Halligan and CMO Mike Volpe, Driftt's CTO Elias Torres, and several private investors. The new capital will fuel expansion of the app, launching this weekend, and the Dockwa team.
“With more than seventy marinas in the major ports of New England, Dockwa is fast becoming the OpenTable for the marine industry, demonstrating an incredible customer experience, valued inventory, and convenience,” said Mike Melillo, founder and CEO of Dockwa. “We remain focused on building a singular customer experience, the additional funding is a testament to Dockwa’s growth potential and I couldn’t be more excited about our team, product, and trajectory.”
Before founding Dockwa, Mike Melillo was at a life science technology platform, Matt Fradette, former Sales Manager at Hubspot, and John Nagro, former Director of Engineering at Hubspot, joined the team in April. Dockwa has made several hires in the past month expanding their engineering team, sales team, and financial operations.
In addition to a boating reservation platform, Dockwa is the only service of its kind to offer a unified booking and marketing platform for marinas. “Marinas have long aggregated their customers information in off-line databases. By bringing their information online, paired with our team’s past experience at HubSpot, it uniquely positions us to optimize their operations and increase traffic through their marina.”
About The Wanderlust Group
Founded in 2014, The Wanderlust Group is a technology leader in the marine and outdoor travel industries made up of subsidiaries Dockwa and Marinas.com. We believe that the world is a better place when people are able to spend time outdoors, connected to nature and each other. To support this mission, we make technology that enables accessibility, enjoyment, and affordability to outdoor experiences for all. With offices in Newport, RI, and Cambridge, MA, the company has expanded to more than 30 countries, 15,000 marinas, and 250,000 boaters worldwide.
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