AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) March 14, 2023
Captain Experiences (“Captain”) – an Austin-based platform for booking outdoor sports guides – today announced a $2 million fundraising round led by leading consumer investment fund Bullish, with participation by new and existing investors. The fundraising capitalizes on Captain’s leading position as the largest platform for booking fishing charters in the U.S.
Focused first on fishing, Captain connects outdoor sports adventurers and guides for the trip of a lifetime, every time. Since the company’s launch in 2020, Captain has partnered with over 1,200 quality, vetted guides while amassing over 47,000 hours booked outdoors.
"At Captain, our mission is to unlock the outdoors, using technology as a means to an end to minimize screens and maximize life," Captain's CEO Jonathan Newar said. “In just a few short years, we’ve substantiated Captain’s position as the largest platform for booking fishing guides in the U.S., and I couldn’t be more proud of our team and more thankful for our adventurers and guides. This financing allows our team to double down on growth within fishing across the U.S. and beyond, while also building upon our recent success launching hunting in Texas this past fall.”
Captain is the most recent addition to the Bullish portfolio of category-defining consumer brands including Warby Parker, Peloton, Harry’s, Sunday Lawn, and others. "As a society, we’re seeing massive escalations of both personal technological advances and a desire to spend more time doing outdoor adventures and activities but very little combination of the two," said Michael Duda, Managing Partner at Bullish. "Jonathan and Attison have the drive, ambition and most importantly, empathy for delivering a top-notch user experience in fishing and we believe Captain can become the expert global outdoor sports platform.”
Attison Barnes, Co-Founder & Head of Product at Captain, added, “since our launch at the height of the pandemic, we’ve seen a massive uptick in outdoor participation across all walks of life. By making the outdoors more accessible, we look forward to continuing to bring families and friends together through quality, conservation-minded time outdoors with our damn good guides.”
As the 2023 season advances, Captain is experiencing record interest in fishing across key markets including Galveston, Port Aransas, South Padre Island, Destin, Panama City Beach, and Key West.
Austin-based Captain makes booking outdoor sports guides quick and easy. Search Captain for your ideal trip, read verified reviews, and book real-time availability with quality, vetted guides. Focused first on fishing, Captain will soon unlock all outdoor sports and geographies.
Bullish is an early-stage consumer investment firm and brand consultancy based in New York, NY. We seek ambitious teams that want a partner to help them design the most remarkable businesses in the world. Prior investments include Peloton, Harry's, Warby Parker, care/of, Sunday Lawn, Hu Chocolate, function of beauty, NomNom, Hally Hair, Casper as well as partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands and private equity firms. For more information, please visit bullish.co.