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.
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!
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!
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.
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)
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.
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:
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.
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.