Updated: Jul 1, 2022
Creating a New Pattern for eCommerce
Cities worldwide are changing in the face of challenges for sustainability and healthy living. As our built environment evolves, some organizations are making it their mission to rethink and reorganize the places where we work and gather.
One such company is Canoa, founded in 2020. It offers a cloud-based design, construction, and inventory management platform for fast, adaptive, low-carbon, reconfigurable retrofits of office, retail, and other commercial spaces.
Canoa provides ready-made design templates and planning specifications, and it manages its customers’ desks, chairs, equipment, appliances, and other inventory after construction or retrofitting is complete. The platform runs in a web browser, so there’s no software to install, equipment to buy, or files to track.
“Our mission is to use technology to build and manage interior spaces in more sustainable ways,” says Lance Amato, Head of Compliance at Canoa. “Sustainable” is not just a buzzword at Canoa. It’s a calling. The founders are serious enough about reducing carbon and waste in the spaces they design and manage that they published a manifesto on their website.
Bringing these kinds of spaces to life is a complex, multistage process, and Canoa has a network of trusted installation partners across the United States. “People told us that starting a business like this during COVID was either courageous or stupid,” Amato says, “but we were able to secure enough funding, and we quickly started to grow.”