Hey there, I'm Zach and I'm happy you're here! To give you a bit of a background on me. I grew up in a small city called Barrie, which is in Ontario, Canada. I went to the University of Waterloo for Computer engineering from 2012 to 2108. The engineering program I took was a cooperative education program so while I was in school I also did 8 coops (or internships) at a variety of company like Farmlogs, Carrot, and Universe. I am very thankful for this coop program because it made me the engineer I am today.
While in school I also did a bunch of travelling with Hacker Paradise. I got the opportunity to live in Portal and Peru for multiple months. These trips were some of the highlights of my life. I was able to hike the Incan trail to Machu Picchu and meet some amazing people that have become my best friends and groomsman in my wedding.
In 2016 I co-founded Kopa with Jack and Courtney. It was originally called PadPiper. We founded it on the belief that there is a better way to rent. Housing is such an important piece of our lives yet it is one of the most stressful to acquire. We built Kopa to be the most streamlined process for renting a home, from searching to paying and moving in. Kopa went through YCombinator in Winter 2019 and has since expanded to over 300 cities in the United States and helped thousands of people find homes.
Recently, I've stepped back from Kopa to work on other things. Currently, I am building an app to help people manage their wedding guest-list, writing a small book for technical startup founders and will be soon starting a new engineering role at an early stage startup.