San Francisco-based startup Pulley has raised $4.4m (c.£3.18m) in a funding round led by Susa Ventures.
Charlie Jacobson and Andreas Rotenberg started Pulley in 2021 in order to streamline the construction permitting process.
The founders claim that they can reduce the permitting process from months to a matter of days.
Seth Berman, general partner and co-founder at Susa Ventures, told TechCrunch: “One of the biggest bottlenecks to any commercial or residential construction project tends to be the permitting process.
“While many industries have been digitised, the permitting process in many jurisdictions is still analog.
“Pulley solves this by creating software that streamlines the process of getting permits faster. We’re really excited about what it is building to fix this mess.”
Pulley says it has built workflow software localised to each city’s unique requirements, automating submission and status tracking. They also offers customers integrated support from a network of local permitting consultants.
So far, the startup has tens of millions of dollars’ worth of construction under permitting and a “growing” waitlist of developers, architects, engineers and contractors.
Jacobson commented: “We’re equipping them upfront with better data and intelligence around what the city is actually looking for and showing them a list of example comments that similar applicants have gotten from the same reviewer.
“We believe we can save them at least one round — if not two or three rounds — of revision back with the city. If our data can help them save one round of revision, that can save two or three weeks off a project timeline.”
Pulley currently is made up of a team of six, and plans to use the fresh funding to build out its core product, increase its headcount and scale to other markets.
The round also included participation from other investors such as BoxGroup, Fifth Wall, Suffolk Construction and South Park Commons, but also a group of high-profile angels including Procore CEO and founder Tooey Courtemanche.
Image: Pulley founders Andreas Rotenberg (left) and Charlie Jacobson (credit: Pulley)
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