Houzz is a web site and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The Houzz platform and mobile apps feature interior and exterior home photos, articles written by architects, interior designers and home design experts, product recommendations, and a user forum. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Palo Alto, California.
Houzz co-founders Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen launched the site in February, 2009 as a result of their own remodeling project. Tired of cutting pages out of magazines for their inspiration file, they created an online photo database for people in the process of building, remodeling and decorating. In November 2010, Houzz released an app for the iPad, by December 2012, the app was downloaded over five-million times and the website featured one-million images. Furthermore in December 2012, the Android version of the app was released.
In September 2010, Tatarko and Cohen secured $2 million in first-round funding and began hiring a staff for their office in Palo Alto. The round was led by Oren Zeev, from Orens Capital who joined Houzz's Board of Directors.
In 2011, Houzz secured $11.6 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital and other investors. Alfred Lin, a VC at Sequoia and former top executive at Zappos, joined Houzz’s board of directors.
In 2013, Houzz announced a Series C of $35 million led by NEA and GGV capital, with participation by Sequoia Capital, Comcast Ventures, KPCB and David Sacks. 
Home Design Photo Database
As of October 2012, the Houzz database contained more than one-million photos of residential interior, exterior and landscape photos. Users browse photos by room, style and location, upload their photography, and bookmark photos in personal collections the site calls “ideabooks.” Also by October 2012, more than 4.7 million user ideabooks had been created. Users can click on an image to learn more about the designer, ask a question, and learn about products tagged in the photos.
An editorial staff in Palo Alto and contributors write daily design articles for the Houzz homepage and newsletters.
Houzz has a directory of 1.5 million home improvement professionals who use the site to connectwith homeowners.
CNN named Houzz App of the Week, calling it "The Wikipedia of interior and exterior design sites". The magazine Real Simple called Houzz "the online equivalent of clipping décor images from magazines". Bloomberg Businessweek called Houzz "An online antidote to the housing bust." Architectural Digest wrote, "This app will stoke your imagination." TechCrunch wrote, "Houzz appears to be a decent idea that's been executed well." The Mercury News wrote, "You'll find a nearly endless portfolio of excellent ideas for your swipe file there that you and your architect can both contribute to and comment on."
The app released by Houzz received positive remarks,The Wall Street Journal said that “Houzz is practically a bottomless well of inspiration at the tip of your swiping fingers" and asserted that the app is one of the few nongame apps on iOS that have a 5 star rating.
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