A rapidly growing Chicago startup that makes software for apartment management has opened a remote office in Madison, headed up by one of the area’s tech community leaders.

Mobile Doorman is a so-called “proptech” company, making customized apps that apartments and condominiums can use to connect residents and property managers. Users can use the mobile app to make apartment-related posts, file and handle maintenance requests, manage rent payments, stay on top of packages delivered to the building, organize events and post goods for sale.

“We want to manage every aspect of life in a building,” said Brian Samson, a Madison technologist and the company’s chief technology officer.

The company has rapidly expanded ever since it was founded by Bob Matteson, a former real estate broker, in 2014. The company says it now operates in 28 states, and in 50 different metro areas (Madison not included), servicing about 250,000 apartment units in the country – a figure it claims marks a 635 percent jump from the end of 2017. It has also raised about $2.9 million in venture capital. Read the full story here.