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#SixtySecondStartup

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In this week’s #SixtySecondStartup, we spoke to Will Ross who is the Founder of Tendo, a skills passport for frontline workers. Will started Tendo to make frontline work more secure for employees and to make it easier for companies to hire, retain and train their workforce.

Our interview with Will:

What does your company do?

Tendo allows frontline workers to generate workplace credentials while they do their jobs, building a verified, portable history of skills and hours at the end of each week.

Why did you set up this company?

We started Tendo to make frontline work more certain. For the worker, this means improving their long-term economic security. For the business, certainty comes through having a loyal, dependable workforce and an ability to encourage employees to learn new skills.

What is your business model?

We bill businesses on a per user basis. This monthly charge is a way to offset the cost of workforce churn.

We think that there’s growth in this sector because: 

Frontline workers remain offline. By bringing them online, visibility of supply provides a major step forwards. We also consider this workforce to contain a massive amount of untapped operational and creative potential – we aim to empower.

How did you get your first customer?

By building a feature that removed an administrative overhead for a training provider.

We knew we were onto something when:

When employees indicated that they would be motivated by having a trusted way to generate and retain a record of their work reputation.

Our most effective marketing channel has been: 

Going to events where we can speak directly with decision makers.

The biggest mistake that I’ve made is: 

Spending time marketing to cities where Tendo can’t have a repeatable physical presence.

What we look for when recruiting: 

A willingness to experiment and an inclination to speak more in terms of immediate actions than long-term plans.

We worked with AIN because:

Angel Investment Network provide a clear way to signal company type to a list of investors, ensuring that angels can search for early stage companies where they can significantly influence growth.

Get started today and view pitches from a huge range of entrepreneurs around the world.

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Investors, Entrepreneurs Prepare For ACA 2021 – Summit of Angel Investing

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By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director

Investors and entrepreneurs from the Pacific Northwest and around the world will reunite in Portland and online May 4-6 for ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing! 

The conference, which kicks off May 3 with the Innovation Funders Showcase, will provide attendees a dynamic virtual experience under the themes of economic recovery, angel education, and expanding horizons.

“I’m most excited about the opportunity to get our Portland ecosystem partners back in the game,” said Portland Seed Fund Managing Director and ACA Event Chair Angela Jackson. “This annual event is about collaborating to bring angels and entrepreneurs together.”


Angela Jackson, Portland Seed Fund Managing Director and ACA Event Chair

ACA will kick off the conference with the Innovation Funders Showcase, a highly curated company pitch event. The showcase will have a national spotlight with US federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, and Angels Groups will refer their best companies to showcase for possible investments.

ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing will also feature a keynote from one of Portland’s own dynamic successful entrepreneurs, Monica Enand. “Monica is so impressive, not just in her career, but how she uses her influence in the community to tackle tough conversations, such as getting more women into boardrooms or preventing discrimination on the basis of race or gender,” said Jackson.

Other special events in the conference will include a timely update from the ACA public policy team on what to expect under the Biden administration, and a virtual networking hallway. “It’s an unstructured virtual room where people can create the serendipity they crave from live conferences,” said Jackson. “They can bump into someone new, talk about summit content or anything else. Networking is consistently top rated at live conferences, no matter how excellent the content. Last year, we added the virtual hallway at the last minute and it was wildly popular.”

Throughout the virtual conference, attendees will also be offered “Brain Breaks,” off-content experiences aimed to help investors and entrepreneurs combat Zoom fatigue by getting up from their chairs and learning something new in new and different ways.

This year’s Summit will benefit from the practice of last year’s Summit, which went virtual at the beginning of the pandemic. “Last year, we had to pivot the event on a dime, but as with so many things, forced constraints often result in a better outcome,” said Jackson.

While primarily a global virtual event, ACA expects about 25 people to attend in person in Portland, Ore. There will be a mix of local angels, entrepreneurs and luminaries, and a handful of top ACA members from other cities. “They will get to experience how special this local ecosystem is, and they’ve been wanting to do that for two years,” said Jackson. The summit will stage from Portland’s Hotel Jupiter Next with options for small, socially distanced meals, coffees, and happy hours.

“Whether someone is just starting or advanced in their investing acumen, there will be something for everyone,” said Jackson.

Join us and register today!



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Campaign Spotlight: Virtuix

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Virtuix, a Mark Cuban-backed technology company, is the developer of an omni-directional treadmill allowing users to walk and run inside popular games and virtual worlds. Virtuix is a SeedInvest veteran (this Reg A+ campaign was the company’s fifth successful raise on SeedInvest). The latest campaign, which concluded on April 2nd, was a massive success – the company became the platform’s largest reservation campaign in history with over $9M in reserved shares before the company received SEC qualification. After that, the company went on to oversubscribe its $15M Series A-2 round by $3M. To date, Virtuix has raised over $22M on the SeedInvest platform.

Funds from this past round will be used to bring the Omni One, the company’s at-home omni-directional treadmill, to market. This is especially timely as the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted demand for at-home physical activity. With the Omni One, users will be able to burn calories while playing their favorite games at home.

● Amount Raised on SeedInvest: $15M
● Offering Type: Reg A+
● Round Size: $15M

We asked Virtuix’s CEO Jan Goetguluk about his experience raising on SeedInvest below:

SeedInvest: How did you find out about SeedInvest and what led you to choose this route of fundraising?
Jan Goetguluk: Crowdfunding works well for our product, the Omni, which is visually exciting and appealing to a wide audience. Not only did we raise $15M in investment funds, but we also built a community of early customers and evangelists for Omni One, our upcoming home product.

SeedInvest: What did you most value about fundraising on SeedInvest, and working with our team?
Jan Goetguluk: SeedInvest has a large and high quality pool of investors, and their website, featuring investment opportunities, has impressive foot traffic. A large part of the investment funds in our campaign came from existing SeedInvest investors who learned about our opportunity organically through SeedInvest.

SeedInvest: What was the greatest challenge you faced around fundraising? If you had to do it all over again, what would you approach differently?
Jan Goetguluk: Our SEC qualification took much longer than anticipated and nearly derailed our campaign. This process cannot be taken for granted and needs complete management attention.

SeedInvest: If you could give one piece of advice to an entrepreneur looking to raise on SeedInvest what would it be?
Jan Goetguluk: You have to put in the work. Investment funds never show up magically. A brilliant video is key.

SeedInvest: Now that you’ve had a successful raise, what does the next few months look like for Virtuix?
Jan Goetguluk: We are 100% focused on bringing Omni One to market and making this product insanely great.

The post Campaign Spotlight: Virtuix appeared first on SeedInvest.



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Campaign Spotlight: Gatsby, an options trading platform for a new generation of traders and SeedInvest’s most funded fintech deal so far

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January 2021 was a whirlwind month for options trading as interest was triggered in part by a social media driven short squeeze on GameStop’s stock. Gatsby, an options trading platform for a new generation of traders, and SeedInvest’s most funded fintech deal to date, achieved record trading days during the final weeks of its SeedInvest campaign. Gatsby’s successful and oversubscribed round closed on Friday, February 12th and since then, the company has been featured by numerous publications like Forbes, TechCrunch, Grit Daily, and Pitchbook.

Recently, we sat down with Jeff Myers, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Gatsby, to learn more about his experience raising on SeedInvest and what the future has in store for the company. 

  • Amount Raised on SeedInvest: $5M
  • Offering Type: Reg A+
  • Round Size: $5M

SeedInvest: What led you to fundraise on the SeedInvest platform?
Jeff Myers: We heard interest from our community of traders in being a part of our journey, and we wanted to leave some allocation to accommodate them. This leads to sticky, evangelistic users. Additionally, on the other side, SeedInvest allowed us to engage with a community of potential Gatsby users, many of whom we saw both invest and convert into traders on our platform. Using SeedInvest provided a great opportunity to both grow our business and our user base.

SeedInvest: What was the greatest challenge you faced around fundraising?
Jeff Myers: We were lucky that we had a lot of interest. But typically getting all the materials together and having them audited takes time and distracts a company from its core vision. SeedInvest really helped to manage this process with us.

SeedInvest: If you could give one piece of advice to an entrepreneur looking to raise on SeedInvest what would it be?
Jeff Myers: Make sure you have the funnel to capture potentially interested investors as customers or clients of your product as well. Shareholders become the stickiest users.

SeedInvest: What’s next for Gatsby?
Jeff Myers: We are laser focused on rolling out new features and getting the product to be tight and polished. We’re working on rolling out additional options strategies (credit spreads, straddles, etc), as well as deeper research tools for more advanced traders. Additionally, we are looking to launch Gatsby Circles, which is a way to build groups of friends, follow each other’s trades, and refer friends to the app. We want Gatsby to be the perfect brokerage platform for both novices as well as sophisticated traders.

For more information about Gatsby, click here.

 

 

 

 

The post Campaign Spotlight: Gatsby, an options trading platform for a new generation of traders and SeedInvest’s most funded fintech deal so far appeared first on SeedInvest.



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