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Nov. 2, 2020

#222: Michael Barlow, Co-Founder & CEO at Fernish, a Los Angeles-Based Furniture Rental Startup that's Raised $45M and is Redefining an Industry

#222: Michael Barlow, Co-Founder & CEO at Fernish, a Los Angeles-Based Furniture Rental Startup that's Raised $45M and is Redefining an Industry

Michael Barlow is the Co-Founder & CEO of ( https://fernish.com/ ), a premium furniture rental service that turns your space into a meaningful home you love. Pick from a curated selection of furniture essentials, knick-knacks, and things that...


Michael Barlow is the Co-Founder & CEO of Fernish ( https://fernish.com/ ), a premium furniture rental service that turns your space into a meaningful home you love. Pick from a curated selection of furniture essentials, knick-knacks, and things that just make you feel good. Pay monthly, and decide later what you want to keep, return, or swap out.

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Some of the Topics Covered by Michael Barlow in this Episode

  • What Fernish does and how they got started
  • The conversation with Michael and his Co-Founder, Lucas Dickey, around starting a company together
  • The customer development process early on for Michael and Fernish
  • The point at which Michael decided to quit his job and jump into Fernish full-time
  • Michael's experience with his first round of fundraising for Fernish
  • How Fernish acquired its first customers and what the service looked like initially
  • Building the team at Fernish
  • How partnerships like Crate & Barrel and IKEA have had an impact on the growth of Fernish
  • Michael's experience going through the Techstars LA accelerator and what he took away from it
  • The impact of COVID-19 on Fernish
  • How Michael looks at implementing flywheels within Fernish
  • Merchandising for Michael and Fernish today
  • What Michael is focused on most today with Fernish
  • The Service Economy and where Michael thinks this is going in the future
  • The evolution of the tech ecosystem in Los Angeles
  • Impactful books in Michael's life