Ray and Rebecca Antonino are Grand Strand locals and serial entrepreneurs. They have recently returned to Myrtle Beach after completing TechStars, an intensive 13-week accelerator program in Austin, Texas. This is no ordinary accelerator, they have an acceptance rate of 1% and have produced many successful technology companies, most recently, Twilio that just celebrated a successful IPO on June 23rd. When a company becomes a part of the program, they gain access to a network of successful startups, mentors, and CEO's from Google, Dell, Hulu, Amazon, and much more.
Ray and Rebecca came back with a different company than they left with - literally.
"Our team entered TechStars as Fieldvine, a construction task management software. in the 4th week, we laid to rest 13 months of hard work in an effort to pursue the one thing that made our software different, construction permitting. Now we are permitzone." - Ray Antonino
PermitZone “provides contractors and do-it-yourselfers with the information and resources needed to stay compliant with local building departments and pull permits online, from anywhere.” As CEO Ray Antonino said in his pitch at Techstars, “knowing if you need a permit is a nightmare — getting a permit is even worse.”
Antonino claims that they are creating the most valuable dataset for construction permitting nationwide, companies like Lowe's, Home Depot and Sears can use this information to inform sales professionals to get the required permits and make sure their customers don't get fined or worse yet, have to remove the work and start over. To learn more, watch the TechStars demo day pitch they gave recently (CLICK HERE to watch the video.)
Along with their co-founder, Adam Michel (another Grand Strand native), they plan to focus on setting up 22 municipalities in and around Myrtle Beach, SC and Fort Walton Beach, FL. They are also working with Austin city leaders to realize more opportunity in Texas.
Want to learn more about PermitZone? Join 1 Million Cups Grand Strand on July 6th to hear from Ray himself!