Rentger’s Chema Larrea is automating payments in the renting process and developing an electronic signature system to enhance security
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Chema Larrea: Most of them are fine, thanks. It only affected my aunt that lived alone during the lockdown, and the loneliness affected her brain.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Rentger.
Chema Larrea: I’m a computer engineer and have an MBA. I founded my first company 11 years ago and Rentger 3 years ago because I had a problem with my landlord. She didn’t want to refund my rent deposit, so we went to court. The judge gave me this idea, and I began to explore how to digitize the renting process.
How does Rentger innovate?
Chema Larrea: By automating the payments in the renting process. We also develop an electronic signature system. These are two good examples.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Chema Larrea: Our sales dropped in March and April last year, and we began working remotely. The first months were strange, but we face the future with hope.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Chema Larrea: I make different choices like implement 100% work at home. The main lesson is at present, we have to work with tools that are 100% online and allows you to work from anywhere (like Rentger).
What specific tools, software and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Chema Larrea: The same ones as before. We are a SaaS company that sells Property Management Software that is 100% online. Our clients can use it everytime and everywhere, so no specific tools. Some of the tools that we use are slack, Hangouts or Jira.
Chema Larrea: We have different competitors depending on where you look at. Some are in Spain, Europe or World competition. We plan to be the best in class software for property management. And now that we are part of idealista, the leading real estate marketplace in Southern Europe, we will continue pushing.