A startup launch on the 4th of July -- it doesn’t get much more patriotic than that. Especially if you are also a team of Marines.
Gozump, a Miami-based technology startup founded by U.S. Marines that aims to reinvent the home-buying experience for military families, announced its nationwide launch.
Gozump.com aims to simplify and streamline the home buying process. “With so many hands in the pot, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle,” said founder and CEO Charleston Malkemus. He said the idea came to him because of his own frustrations with buying a home while on active duty. “Military homebuyers are under unusual constraints and often end up having to make sacrifices.”
For the first time, homebuyers are able to find, finance, offer, insure, and close on their new home through one platform, the company said. All Gozump homebuyers are assigned a Champion – a licensed professional who acts as the primary point of contact through the process, said Malkemus, a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves. Gozump employees do not work on commission.
Gozump spent the last year in beta testing, working with local military homebuyers and amassing a database of more than 200,000 service members, before launching their offer engine nationwide on the patriotic holiday. Gozump is also building educational courses for its clients, and it expects the first class to be available later this summer.
Gozump, a team of 14 that recently took part in Venture Hive’s accelerator program, was named a Veteran Champion by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its commitment to hiring and servicing the U.S. Military and veterans.