Apartments site Zumper has named Shalin Amin, creator of Uber’s innovative user interface, as its first chief experience officer (CXO).

Amin (LinkedIn profile) brings nearly 20 years of experience helping technology brands engage with customers. At Zumper, he will be responsible for improving user experience, building the team, and overseeing the two-sided marketplace, according to a news release

Shalin Amin

Amin started his career as a product and brand consultant in San Francisco and New York designing user interfaces for EBay, Condé Nast, Warner Music, Hearst and The Wall Street Journal

In 2010, he built Socialize.it, a mobile-first startup that creates photo albums based on an event’s location, time, and date. After that he joined Uber, where he redesigned a rider app that garnered several awards. 

After rising to the position of global head of brand at Uber, Amin spent two years as VP of design at CloudKitchens, a startup that builds kitchens for delivery-only restaurants.

Zumper, which calls itself the largest privately-held residential rental marketplace, says more than 80 million people have used its platform this year. The company’s long-stated goal is to make renting an apartment as easy as booking an short-term stay at an Airbnb. 

In addition to offering rental classifieds, Zumper provides landlord software that facilitates online tenant applications and monthly rental payments. Recently, the company launched a paid product that provides landlords up to 12 months compensation in the event of missed rents.

The company has raised $140 million in funding from investors including e.ventures, Greycroft, Dawn Capital, Axel Springer and the Blackstone Group.

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