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We're Cobu.

It's nice to meet you.

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Every day we strive to power genuine community.

Our team is packed with energetic tech, community, and business-minded individuals, focused on the mission of powering genuine community.

Vision

Empower everyone to feel like they belong where they live.

Mission

Create value for apartment properties by helping residents create genuine community through connections with their neighbors and neighborhood.

Values

Community First
Innovate
Create Value
Spark Joy
 

Our Founder’s Story

 

“Cobu was the culmination of two eureka moments: one professional and one personal. On the professional side, I observed just how much pain apartment building owners had with competition in the market; retaining residents and being the best usually came with million dollar renovations, which often did not contribute to the bottom line. On the personal side, I saw just how painful it was for my own mother to not have a community when she moved to the city. Her apartment complex had the community spaces, and yet she may as well have lived in a shopping mall. The entire experience was impersonal, and frankly very isolating for her.

Cobu was born from the mission to help my mom -- and all city dwellers -- truly belong in the places they call home. Finding a way to make it sustainable by bringing value to both residents and apartment building owners was the true eureka moment!” 

- Ben Pleat, Founder & CEO

Ben Pleat
 

Leadership

Ben Pleat

Ben Pleat

CEO & Co-Founder
Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin

COO & Co-Founder
 

Product and Engineering

Anke Heckhoff

Anke Heckhoff

Vice President, Product
Melissa Manning

Melissa Manning

Senior Manager, Innovation
Matt Peoples

Matt Peoples

Lead Software Engineer
 

Growth

Sammy Sotoa

Sammy Sotoa

Director, Business Development
Asher Strafuss

Asher Strafuss

Senior Account Executive
Olivia McLaughlin

Olivia McLaughlin

Business Development Representative
Scott Franco

Scott Franco

Senior Manager, Growth Marketing
 

Customer Success

Meghan Reilly

Meghan Reilly

Manager, Customer Onboarding
Larkana Jimenez

Larkana Jimenez

Manager, Customer Success
Rachel Manalo

Rachel Manalo

Manager, Customer Success
Meaghan Murphy

Meaghan Murphy

Manager, Customer Success
Roberta Oden

Roberta Oden

Manager, Customer Success