Our Mission

Inspire renters to connect, explore, and live fully.

What is Kopa?

Kopa is a marketplace for furnished apartments and housemates that inspires renters to get out of their comfort zones, form lasting relationships, and live richer lives.

Through our platform, hosts market their properties, and renters apply to and book those listings, find housemates, and pay deposits and monthly rent.

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Our shared values

Do the right thing.

We aim to leave everything better than we found it. We hold each other to ethical standards and take responsibility for our actions.

Learn something every day.

You can learn anywhere — in school, at work, during travels. We treat every experience as a learning opportunity.

Explore your passion.

With thousands of career options, deciding on a path isn’t easy. We promote trying out careers so you choose one that makes you happy.

Make eye contact.

We live in a heads-down society driven by devices. We make sure to actively spend time with friends, family, and colleagues in-person.


We’re a fully remote team with all sorts of background. Check outCareersto see our open positions.

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Jack Forbes

Co-Founder and CEO
(The Talker)

Jack is the best person to tell you all about Kopa. He focuses on fostering partnerships, finding great talent to join the team, and even writing front-end code from time to time.

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Courtney Sabo

Co-Founder and CPO
(The Thinker)

Courtney leads design and strategy. She creates human-centered digital experiences for our users. Throughout her career, she focused on education, non-profits, and healthcare sectors.

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Zach Waterfield

Co-Founder and CTO
(The Builder)

Zach focuses on building architecture and developing back-end technology. He makes sure everything is built correctly and is quick to fix anything.

Waterloo, ON, Canada

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Keith Williams

Senior Software Engineer

Keith brings 20 years of coding experience to the Kopa engineering team. He has a passion for writing clean and maintainable code and commits himself to doing the right thing.



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Our History

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Jack can’t find housing for his co-ops.

During Jack’s first co-op in the Bay Area, he couldn’t find housing and had to live with a family friend. He continued to struggle to find housing for his following four co-ops.

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October 2016

Kopa is live.

After some serious coding, we launch the site. Within a month, we have 50 listings and 100 renters.

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February 2017

Dream team unites.

After Jack and Zach met skiing at Whistler, Jack meets Courtney at a San Francisco design agency. They all join forces.

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July 2018

The founders go full-time.

After Zach finishes university, Courtney and Jack quit their jobs so they can spend all their time working on Kopa.

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March 2019

The team graduates from Y Combinator.

The team finishes Y Combinator (YC), a three-month start-up accelerator program in Silicon Valley with a 1.5% acceptance rate.

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Lots to come!

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