Dec 1, 2021, Austin, Texas - NuBrakes, the full-service platform that delivers mobile auto maintenance for consumers and operators, today announces a $9 million Series A funding round led by Canvas Ventures, with participation from existing investors including Contrary Capital, Bling Capital, and Automotive Ventures. Mike Ghaffary, General Partner at Canvas Ventures and former CEO of Eat24 and VP at Yelp, and Ben Ling, General Partner at Bling Capital and early investor in Lyft, Instacart, and Square, will both be joining NuBrakes’ Board of Directors. NuBrakes has raised a total of $12 million and is one of the fastest growing auto tech companies in the United states, with triple digit growth rates and 8 figures in annualized revenue.
Previously an expensive and time-consuming process at a dealership or repair shop, NuBrakes simplifies auto repair with convenient on-site maintenance service. Up to 30% more affordable than brick-and-mortar auto shops, NuBrakes prides itself on transparency and boasts a 90 Net Promoter Score in an industry where the average is -13, and 2 of 3 consumers distrust their auto service provider. NuBrakes seeks to revitalize middle class jobs by providing terms that incentivize technicians to deliver unmatched service, including stable work hours, W-2 salaried wages, company stock options and full benefits.
Operating in 9 markets across Texas, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, NuBrakes has recently expanded into a demand-side service for fleet operators and field service organizations. With their Series A funding, NuBrakes plans to more than double the size of its team, expand nationwide, and offer additional mobile services including oil changes, tire changes, tune-ups, suspension, and more. In an industry first, NuBrakes will deploy a predictive telematics platform that can transform auto service from a reactive and annoying process to an automated self-service for the customer, while owning the end-to-end servicing of each vehicle through the company’s team of trusted, full-time technicians.
“Consumers and businesses spend $185 billion per year on auto maintenance, repair, and tire services; this number is much higher when you factor in the opportunity cost of managing repairs, including lost revenue, and time spent on each service for business fleets,” said Walker Drewett, Founder and CEO of NuBrakes who started the company in May 2019. “We envision a world where you never take a vehicle to the shop again, where your vehicle is capable of predicting and scheduling its own service needs, and a first-class service provider shows up to deliver the services needed.
Building on their trusted mobile service for individual drivers, NuBrakes has become a full service solution for mobile fleet operators servicing their vehicles. For workforces in the field like plumbers, landscape crews, delivery drivers and field service workers, NuBrakes connects with on-board telematics systems to deliver proactive and scheduled service, maximizing uptime and enabling greater operational efficiencies. NuBrakes’ Fleet Maintenance as a Service platform allows fleet operators to automate their vehicle maintenance, and organize all scheduling, inspection history, communications and payments in one location.
“I’m especially excited to work with Walker and the entire NuBrakes team because they are directly contributing to the revitalization and stability of middle class job opportunities—a trend we’re passionate about here at Canvas,” shared Mike Ghaffary, General Partner at Canvas Ventures. “NuBrakes provides their technicians with a real skilled labor opportunity, beyond just being a gig worker. While other marketplaces made noise about wishing to give stock options to their labor force or gig workers, NuBrakes actually made that happen. Their skilled techs have all received stock options in the company, as well as an apprentice program and regular training opportunities for technicians of all levels to learn more skills and advance in their careers—whether at NuBrakes or at their next employer.”
NuBrakes is a full-service mobile auto repair and technician platform that provides reliable, quick, and cost-effective on-site auto services. Once a time-consuming task that required drivers physically going to an auto shop, NuBrakes’ service-based mobile app offers same-day auto services to customers and fleet operators. NuBrakes employs skilled technicians as full-time W-2 employees with steady work schedules, health benefits and stock options, providing jobs and apprenticeships to revitalize the middle class across 9 markets in 4 states. Based in Austin, Texas, NuBrakes is the fastest growing auto repair and maintenance platform and has raised a total of $12 million from investors including Canvas Ventures, Bling Capital, Automotive Ventures, and others.