15: Broadcast & Spellbound
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Founder(s) background: Founder and Chairman @ V2 Ventures, Payability
Backed by (public source): Tru Arrow Partners, Left Lane Capital, Galaxy Interactive
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Startup name: Broadcast (US, 2021)
Description: The current manual approach of writing multiple updates every week for various stakeholders is time-consuming and problematic. A study from Asana found that managers are spending over 60 percent of their time simply managing and directing the flow of information. As a result, they are unable to focus on building value or solving problems, which are critical to driving organizational success.
Broadcast makes sending weekly updates fast, simple, and even enjoyable. Draft updates quickly with AI in Broadcast and share them on Slack and Email.
Founder(s) background: Varadh Jain (CEO, prev. Product @ Opendoor); Connor Jacobsen (CTO, prev. Software Engineer @ Opendoor)
Backed by (public source): Raised $1.3mm pre-seed from investors like Lachy Groom (ex-Stripe), Weekend Fund (Ryan Hoover), Eric Wu (Opendoor), Terrence Rohan (Otherwise Fund), and 30+ operators and executives.
Startup name: Spellbound (US, 2021)
Description: Let's face it: traditional email marketing is far from exciting. Low click-through rates and limited user engagement are common issues.
But what if we told you that there is a way to make email marketing more fun and interactive? Enter interactive email! With this super cool new approach, consumers can actually engage directly with the email, without ever leaving their inbox. That means they can take surveys, make purchases, leave reviews, and more - all without any extra effort on their part! For brands, this means more opportunities to create engaging content that users will actually want to interact with.
Spellbound is building the future of email: a no-code platform to help marketing teams increase engagement by embedding interactive experiences like shopping carts, surveys, forms, and more in emails.
Founder(s) background: Akshaya Dinesh (CEO, Thiel Fellow, prev. Co-Founder @ Ladder)
Backed by (public source): Browder Capital, Base Case Capital, Soma Capital, Good Friends, Neo, ex-CEO of Github, Founder of Loom, Founder of Kayak, CEO of Product Hunt, COO of Notion, CEO of Warby Parker, ex-CEO of Sendgrid and more.
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