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Our investment in Curu

We're thrilled to announce a new investment into Curu, an automated lead recovery solution enabling lenders to fund more loans. We've tracked the Curu team since it's time in the Techstars program in partnership with Western Union. We're excited to partner with Vestigo Ventures, Harlem Capital, Carolina Fintech Ventures, Techstars Ventures, Holt Accelerator, Chingona Ventures, and Upscale Fund on supporting Abb and David's mission.

Curu secures $3M in funding as the demand for credit skyrockets during the global pandemic.(press release)

Curu Raises $3M Seed Funding to Help People Improve Their Credit

Denver’s Curu lands $3M for personalized credit approval solution

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Natty Zola
5/28/2020
Spekit Announces Investments from Operator Collective and Leyla Seka

We're excited to share that Operator Collective and Leyla Seka have joined the Spekit team! This is a win for the growing digital learning platform and for Denver, CO as well. We couldn't be more proud to be a part of this team. Congrats to the whole Spekit team on this next big step in driving your vision!

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Natty Zola
5/27/2020
soona Helps Keep Ecommerce Content Fresh During Coronavirus Pandemic

Amidst the current restrictions and a lot of uncertainty about the future, soona provides you the ability to get the ecommerce content you need via virtual photoshoots. In this article, a member of the soona team shares ecommerce tips on making the most of the times by continuing to show your customers new visual content. See this Forbes article (Soona, The Virtual Photoshoot You've Been Dreaming About) for more info on how soona works!

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Natty Zola
5/22/2020
America's Mighty Middle Report

Investment trends in America's heartland show that valuable, high-growth companies can be built outside of traditional tech hubs. This report put together by Dundee Venture Capital and Crunchbase shares details on the growth of non-coastal startup regions. Matchstick was proud to be featured.

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Natty Zola
5/13/2020
Atlassian is buying Halp

We're thrilled to announce that Halp has been acquired by Atlassian. This is a great union of two forward thinking companies working to make ticketing easier and better for organizations through conversations (learn more Why Atlassian is buying Halp, a Slack-first help-desk company). Atlassian is a great partner to bring more resources to halp achieve this vision. Congrats to Fletcher, Tristan, Komran and the whole Halp team on building a great product, culture and company. Thanks for having Matchstick involved in your journey! 🎉(more coverage on Atlassian blog and TechCrunch)

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Natty Zola
5/12/2020
Techstars Boulder Demo Day 2020

Natty hosted the 14th annual Techstars Boulder Accelerator Demo Day. This year's event moved to a virtual experience and had record registrations from the community and investors. Short, pre-recorded pitch videos from each of the 10 companies can be accessed at the link below.

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Natty Zola
4/30/2020
Startups Stick Together in Uncertainty of Pandemic

In light of recent events, Matchstick founder Ryan Broshar shares some insight on how startup culture may affected due to COVID-19. By a large shift toward virtual work, the culture may be globalized and may begin to be based more around distributed teams. He speaks on continuing to invest in startups - "We're really excited about the opportunities to support these founders through these hard times and keep making investments while others may be pulling back.”

See these additional articles for more Matchstick Ventures input and tips as entrepreneurs adjust expectations during this pandemic:

Minnesota investors, entrepreneurs adjust expectations after arrival of COVID-19

Colorado entrepreneurs already faced a steep startup curve. Coronavirus increased the grade

Colorado VCs on Coronavirus Impacts: Funding May Slow, Plan Carefully

How Colorado accelerators are adjusting during COVID-19

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Ryan Broshar
4/24/2020
Ordermark Provides Support to Restaurants Converting to Takeout

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, restaurants everywhere are adjusting their methods to offer takeout and delivery. The Ordermark team's hard work to support the continued operation of food delivery nationwide by providing the hardware and consulting needed to properly track and manage online orders was profiled in the New York Times.

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Ryan Broshar
4/10/2020
The State of the Startup and Venture Ecosystem in Colorado 2020

Our friends at Access Venture Partners shared a great analysis of the growth of startups in Colorado and interest from venture capital. We are excited about this trend in one of our key markets. We see similar data in the North as well.

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Natty Zola
3/6/2020
By All Means Podcast - Ryan Broshar

Matchstick partner, Ryan Broshar, sits down with the By All Means podcast to discuss startups, founders, and all things North.

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Ryan Broshar
2/19/2020