A birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, a graduation, Christmas, etc…each of these occasions require an adequate way to celebrate and be celebrated. Better than an unwanted tie or old fashioned frame. A lesson already well learned by several tech startups and established companies operating in the $280+ billion gift industry, where experience gifting represents an expanding segment.
Among other US-based players, Broomfield, Colorado-based Cloud 9 Living today offers more than 2,000 experiences as gifts, in 51 regions across the country.
In 2005, John Augst founded the company based on the strong belief that a gift should be meaningful than simply fulfilling an obligation. According to his vision, instead, it should be something more, something showing recipients that the givers have taken their own time to find something special to remember for years. To this end, Cloud 9 Living has built a platform for people and companies to choose unique experiences as gifts.
In particular, consumers have the opportunity to choose any experience for men, women & couples, from racing driving, rafting, food & wine, and golf learning sessions, to dinner cruises (like the one in in San Diego California), spa packages, city tours, hot air balloon rides, etc.
In addition, organizations can use the platform to offer the above mentioned experiences as rewards and gifts to keep employees motivated and customers coming back in today’s competitive business environment.
People can also buy the company’s never expiring Gift Certificate, which can be applied towards any of their 2,000+ experiences, with each of them having its own availability from which the recipient can choose the most convenient date.
Cloud 9 Living was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as part of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S., which ranks privately held companies by their percentage of revenue growth over a three year period. The company ranked #4,686 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list., with a 3-year growth of 50% and 2015 revenue of $7.1m.