|Founded||June 1, 2013|
|Fritz Lanman, CEO|
Payal Kadakia, Chairman
Number of employees
ClassPass Inc. an American company which provides access to different fitness classes such as yoga, strength training, barre, martial arts, pilates, boxing, and indoor cycling classes, as well as use of health clubs via its flat-rate monthly subscription billing service. ClassPass has been led by CEO and major investor Fritz Lanman since March 2017, and is the world's largest health club aggregator by number of club partnerships, with over 30,000 health clubs in 28 countries. ClassPass has locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, India, Thailand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Malaysia. As of its latest financing in January 2020, the company was valued at $1 billion.
In 2011, after spending over an hour searching online for an open ballet class in New York City, 28-year old Payal Kadakia, an Indian American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and employee of Warner Music Group, realised she was tired of corporate life and allocated herself fourteen days to come up with an idea for her very own company. During this time, she had the idea to create a search engine and reservation system for fitness classes. In September 2012, Mary Biggins was hired. In June 2012, Kadakia released Classtivity to the public, with Sanjiv Sanghavi. In January 2014, Classtivity was rebranded as ClassPass. Sanghavi left in January 2014.
An earlier version of the company's product was intended to sell a better registration system to fitness studios but this did not receive much interest. After participating in the TechStars accelerator, the company switched to offering a package deal where users could pay $49 for 10 classes in a year, a model that Kadakia likened to Groupon. However, users of the service wanted to take more than 10 classes per year, so the company switched to offering a 10-class subscription service for $99 per month. The company enforces a cancellation fee of $20 for missing classes.
By April 2016, the company had booked over 17 million fitness reservations. The company also added additional pricing tiers such as 3 or 5 classes per month.
In March 2017, Payal Kadakia swapped roles with Fritz Lanman, with Lanman becoming CEO and Kadakia becoming Executive Chairman.
In October 2018, ClassPass was launched in Thailand.
In January 2019, Classpass acquired Guavapass. All of guavapass account transferred to classpass membership.
When gyms were ordered to shut during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, ClassPass started to stream classes online. Despite the popularity of this service, the company lost 95% of revenue and halved its staff.
ClassPass received seed funding of $2 million in March 2014, then attracted $12 million in Series A round funding from entrepreneur Fritz Lanman in September 2014. In 2015, it received $40 million of Series B funding from General Catalyst and Thrive Capital. The company was valued as over $200 million. Classpass received an additional $30 million of funding in November 2015 led by Google Ventures. ClassPass announced a $70 million Series C led by Temasek Holdings in May 2017 that valued the company at $470 million. In early 2019, there were rumours the company was in the process of an IPO. It raised $285 million in funding during the beginning of 2020 that put the company's valuation at $1 billion.
ClassPass has been criticized for undercutting the business model of the health clubs that it relies on, with an article in The New York Times describing it as a "middleman" between consumers and health clubs, and arguing that a "power imbalance" exists between the health clubs' owners and ClassPass which mirrors the relationship with other digital intermediary services such as Amazon.com and Uber. The service has accounted for lower margins at some gyms where owners limit the number of members "to prevent being cannibalized".
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