Austin, Texas — March 10, 2020 — Outdoorsy, the world’s largest and most trusted peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, has been named one of America’s Best Startup Employers in 2020 by Forbes Media, in partnership with leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider Statista. Forbes, one of the world’s top business news sources, today released the exclusive listing of the best 500 startup companies to work for in the U.S., putting Outdoorsy in the top 5 percent of all startup employers in America.
In addition to being ranked in the transportation and logistics category, Outdoorsy was the only peer-to-peer vacation rental or outdoor experiences rental company named to Forbes’ inaugural survey of the top 500 startup employers with more than 50 employees.
“It is our highest goal to delight our customers and provide them with amazing, inspirational memories. In parallel with that goal is that our leadership team views our employee base at Outdoorsy as our most vital and important investment the company has,” says Jeff Cavins, Outdoorsy’s co-founder and CEO. “We want each of our employees to feel personally invested in the company and personally committed to our mission and our customers. Our eyes and ears are always open for new ways we can give our team a more positive environment to innovate and be creative — a culture where they will be most comfortable and confident to express their ideas and values and where they will always have their voice heard, understood, and valued.”
Forbes and Statista analyzed more than 7 million data points to identify the top startup employers. In particular, three aspects of each company were assessed during the evaluation: employer reputation, employee satisfaction, and company growth. Out of the thousands of qualified organizations in the United States, 500 companies earned this distinction.
“Although our employee workplace continues to grow and diversify each day, our core values and the level of priority we place on company culture has remained the same since day one,” says Rik Avalos, Outdoorsy’s VP of People and Talent. “We have doubled in size year over year and that means we’re constantly onboarding new personalities and working through new team dynamics. Distinctions of this kind are a testament to the hard work put in by each of our teammates everyday to make Outdoorsy a standout place to work.”
In February, Outdoorsy was named by renowned venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as the 3rd fastest-growing travel marketplace, earning the No. 28 spot on the Marketplace 100, a ranking of the largest and fastest-growing consumer-facing marketplace startups and private companies. In 2019, Outdoorsy’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, Jen Young, was also ranked on Forbes’ CMO Next 2019 list, a compilation of 50 CMOs who are redefining the CMO role and who embody all that the role is becoming, can be and will be in the future. Additionally, Outdoorsy’s Employee Trip Program — where each employee receives four paid road trips a year — was highlighted by Fast Company as one of the top CEO initiatives for moving the needle in 2020.
Since its launch in 2015, Outdoorsy has experienced exponential growth with over half a billion dollars transacted through the site and more than 5.35 million years of booked vacation travel. In 2019 alone, Outdoorsy announced their $50M Series C funding, the launch of Outdoorsy’s Vehicle Purchase Program and the launch of Outdoorsy’s owner and renter app for iOS and owner app for Android.
To determine the list, Statista identified 2,500 American businesses that had been founded between 2010 and 2017 and employ at least 50 people. All companies considered had been started from scratch and not spun out of existing enterprises. Statista evaluated each organization based on three criteria, the first being employer reputation. The firm reviewed articles, blogs, and social media posts pertaining to each employer, searching for specific phrases, such as “corporate culture” and “employee engagement.” Statista then assessed employee satisfaction, evaluating reviews on sites including Glassdoor and Indeed, as well as growth, examining the organizations’ website traffic and headcounts over a two-year period. The final list ranks the 500 startup employers that boast the best employer reputations, employee satisfaction and growth.
Outdoorsy is the largest and most trusted RV rental and outdoor experiences marketplace on the planet. Founded in 2015, we have eight offices worldwide, including in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK. Our mission is to mobilize the 56 million idle RVs around the world to ensure everyone has the access, choice, and opportunity to safely enjoy outdoor experiences and empower RV owners to realize life-changing financial freedom. With hundreds of thousands of rental days booked and a rapidly expanding global fleet of unique outdoor vehicles and experiences, we’re here to power life’s best moments outside. Connect with us at www.outdoorsy.com or come along for the ride on our Never Idle Journal. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.