Prophia, a startup constructing a platform that scours and extracts key phrases from industrial actual property contracts, raised $10.2 million in a Collection A spherical led by Cercano Administration, previously Vulcan Capital.
The corporate’s aim is to streamline the industrial leasing course of with its on-line platform the place landlords and tenants can come to agreements on key phrases after which work with authorized workers to get to a signed lease.
Prophia’s customers can add PDF contracts which might be analyzed by its software program. The software spits out key phrases equivalent to sq. footage and dates within the lease, which will get reviewed by an knowledgeable. The corporate says its software program has dealt with greater than one million pages of paperwork throughout 1,800 areas.
Rising competitors within the industrial actual property sector has pressured many firms to undertake tech with the intention to function sooner, CEO and co-founder Cameron Steele instructed Startup. This has supplied a tailwind for the startup amid a slowdown within the broader market.
Rising rates of interest introduced on by inflation and the rising adoption of hybrid work has slowed the industrial actual property sector. Within the third quarter, greater than 1.3 million extra sq. toes of workplace house sat vacant and went available on the market in comparison with what was leased, in line with knowledge from the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors.
Prophia is becoming a member of a crowded listing of firms providing lease abstraction and consulting companies to industrial actual property companies. Steele mentioned the startup will compete with NTrust, Realogic, Accenture, MRI Software program and DealSumm, amongst others. Prophia additionally competes with conventional spreadsheets and the guide companies trade, Steele mentioned.
The startup, beforehand referred to as LeasABLE, is co-headquartered between San Francisco and Seattle.
Seattle is residence to a rising variety of startups that use AI and pure language processing tech for quite a lot of use instances. Lexion, Advocat, and Clearbrief assist authorized groups sift by several types of contracts. Unwrap and Spiral present firms with insights based mostly on their buyer suggestions knowledge. Corporations together with Increase, Xembly and Seasalt present a secretary-like instruments that may take notes from assembly transcripts.
The contemporary funding for Prophia will likely be used to spice up product improvement, in addition to develop its gross sales, advertising and industrial groups. The corporate presently has 32 workers, with 18 based mostly in Seattle.
Steele’s most up-to-date roles embrace govt positions at OpenTable and Reserving.com. He was additionally a founding member and COO of lodge advertising startup Buuteeq, which was acquired by Priceline in 2014. He’s joined by CTO Chris Hsu, who held senior engineering roles at Buuteeq and Reserving.com, amongst others.
Different enterprise buyers in Prophia embrace SignalFire and Spear Avenue Capital. The startup had two earlier funding rounds, bringing its complete capital raised to $15.3 million. It didn’t reveal a valuation.