Are you looking to relocate? Maybe you’re craving a fresh start and don’t know where to begin. Good news, Teleport has your back.
Despreneur recently sat down with Sten Tamkivi, co-founder and CEO of Teleport, looking to dish on the brand new startup. Craving tips for brand new entrepreneurs, the interview started with a pretty important question – how did the idea of Teleport come to exist? Tamkivi explained that while he was working for Skype in their early days, he realized that he had been on 72 business trips in one year. His family was uprooted and followed him around from Estonia to London and Singapore, then finally in the US. After he left Skype, he had begun brainstorming ideas for his own business venture, and what he wrote down was a very simple statement: “human migration needs fixing.” So what exactly does Teleport do?
“Teleport moves you to the best place to live and work. Our core product, Teleport Cities, helps knowledge workers pick the right city for what they need to do: reduce cost to extend their startup’s runway, find like-minded people to build with, be closer to clients, land in a tax and regulatory environment with least friction, seek for best healthcare or education for their families and so forth.”
Some other pretty neat functions are Teleport Runway and Teleport Flock. Runway assists entrepreneurs who are looking to compare the burn rate of constructing their engineering teams in new cities. Flock will choose the best place for your scattered team to meet up. This sounds amazing, but we all know nothing is perfect, so what are their biggest challenges?
“The biggest constraint is probably in people’s heads. There are some macro trends that are supporting human mobility (from technology to changing nature of work and income becoming independent of location) which today are already available to up to half of the working population, those dealing with knowledge work and information processing. Yet, most people don’t consider if they are at the right place often enough, and don’t understand their possible upside. This is where we hope to help with very accessible location search.”
So what makes them any different than their competitors? Well, to be frank, there aren’t very many out there at this point. Can you think of a single site that boasts the ability to help you transplant your life? As Tamkivi said:
“The only real paid help you can get today when moving around is called corporate relocation, and is expensive, impersonal and accessible to organizations who have thousands or tens of thousands of employees, and are moving around hundreds a year. Also, all software that helps businesses figure out things like where to set up shop is built for the likes of Walmart to optimize their stores or Shell to place their gas pumps near highways.”
The most promising aspect is that Teleport isn’t anywhere complete with expanding their software and services. I sincerely wish I had this website to turn to when I figured out that the odds of finding decent housing and steady work in Illinois were about as good as finding a leprechaun with a pot of gold. I had reached the end of my rope and felt stuck; living with my sister and her husband at 27 years old was sort of embarrassing. I decided enough was enough, packed up my 2001 Acura TL, and headed for South Carolina. I’m lucky enough to have met and fallen in love with my husband down here, but my career prospects aren’t that much brighter. If I had something like Teleport to turn to, I may have made different choices.