HotPads turns 9 this week! To commemorate this historic event we’d like to invite you to take a trip back in time.
Keep your eye on the flux capacitor (or just keep scrolling down) and travel with us back to 2005 and a townhome located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington D.C., where it all began.
HotPads Circa 2005
3 – The number original founders, also former college roommates.
6 – The number of listings on the site when in launched.
12 – The number of visitors to the site (coincidentally, the same number of immediate family members of the site’s founders).
Desktop – The only version the site was accessible in (that’s right, your smartphone doesn’t get an LTE signal here and the only type of tablet you get is a legal pad).
Favorite early memories –
“What’s the name of the T-shirt company you founded again?” That’s the question founder Douglas Pope was asked by a friend since because the marketing budget at the time consisted solely of enough money to make t-shirts.
“The time we moved into the new office and the wireless wouldn’t work so Pope bribed a Comcast guy and then we didn’t have AC for 2 weeks, in a sweltering DC summer”.
Then and Now
Okay, enough reminiscing, lets jump back in the DeLorean to present day and see see what’s changed with HotPads, besides having not one, but two functioning coffee machines and a closet full of redesigned HotPads hoodies.
Want to stay in the past a bit longer? That’s okay, click here and you can go through the HotPads highlights year by year.
500,000 – The number of active listings currently on the site.
Millions – Number of visitors who come to HotPads to find a rental.
Newly redesigned desktop and mobile app, which put renters at the center of the interactive rental search. New features include:
Enhanced listing previews
Revamped mobile experience
Real-time listing alerts
Check out the new HotPads now!
Then and Now
So, what’s in store for HotPads in the next nine years?
We plan to keep filling our site with the best listings, most useful tools and timely renter information so finding your next place is a breeze. If for some reason that doesn’t work out, we’re planning to get into the time travel business.