🦄 Unicorner Startup of the Week: Bilt Rewards
 ✍️ Notes From The Editors  
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As tenants in Los Angeles, we’ve come to understand the world of rent. Bilt Rewards stood out to us—after all, wouldn’t it be convenient to pay your rent with a credit card and get rewarded for it? We hope you enjoy this week’s cover!
 - Ethan and Arek 🦄
Earn rewards by paying your rent
Bilt earns you rewards points each time you make your rent payments. It does this with its credit card, the Bilt Mastercard, which allows you to make your rent payments with a card (as opposed to cash). The card can be used with any of Bilt’s partner real estate companies, which include 15 of the top 20 major property owners.
🔗 Check them out: biltrewards.com
💰 Business Model
Bilt takes part of the transaction fee charged by Mastercard when the Bilt credit card is used. It also charges partnered property managers for points distributed to tenants.
📈 Traction and Fundraising
  • Founded under the umbrella of Kairos HQ, an organization that focuses on building companies that solve foundational day-to-day issues
  • Raised $60 million seed round with investors like Kairos, Wells Fargo, Mastercard, Blackstone, and more
  • Over two million US-based rental properties eligible to earn rewards
👫 Founder(s)
  • Ankur Jain, CEO: Currently Founder & CEO @ Kairos HQ, Co-Founder & Chairman @ Rhino; Previously VP Product @ Tinder, Co-Founder & CEO @ Humin (acquired by Tinder), Economics @ UPenn
🔮 Our Analysis
To understand the motivation behind Bilt, one would have to understand Kairos HQ, its parent company. Kairos HQ was built with the objective of creating common-sense solutions to the world’s leading problems, like housing and healthcare. Rent is one of the biggest monthly expenses for the vast majority of Americans. And yet, in most cases, it doesn’t qualify for the same kinds of rewards that paying many other expenses does. By introducing rewards to rent, Bilt allows people to earn back on their largest expense—an added bonus for the nearly 109 million renters out there. Ankur Jain, Founder and CEO of Kairos HQ and Bilt, told us that Bilt’s goal is to make renting an enjoyable experience and even help build a path towards homeownership. Its partnerships look promising, and we’re excited to see how Bilt changes the renting industry for the better. We’d love to hear from you: what are your biggest rent pain points?
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