We're thrilled to formally announce that Nicki Miller has joined the Matchstick team as an Operations Lead. Nicki has been working with us since March 2020 in various roles and has already added incredible value to the ongoing operations of our firm.
Nicki is an Army veteran who served as a logistics officer in the Army for six years. She'll bring those skills to the firm and keep the trains running on time internally while also working closely with portfolio companies and prospective portfolio companies to ensure we're as organized and responsive as possible.
We're excited to share that soona has raised a $10.2M Series A led by Rebecca Kaden at Union Square Ventures. Rebecca wrote an incredible summary of the soona opportunity. soona grew 400% last year as more and more brands look for fast, casual content. We're constantly amazing by Liz, Hayley and the whole soona team. These additional resources will help the company scale technology, marketing and staff to keep up with demand.
We are excited to announce that Matchstick Ventures Fund II has completed an investment in Milk Moovement. Milk Moovement’s proprietary software tracks all milk shipments from producers to processing plants and delivers real-time quality and quantity information to producers, processors, transporters, and cooperatives.
To learn more about Milk Moovement, check out our write up via the link below.
We're excited to announce that Aaron Clark has joined as an Advisor to our firm. Last summer, we committed to building an inclusive entrepreneurial community, with access for all—particularly for those in the Black community. One of the specific commitments we made was to add a Black advisor to our fund’s advisory board, who can work closely with us to fill the gaps in our own understanding of the unique problems and opportunities facing the non-white population. Learn more about Aaron and Matchstick on our blog.
We're thrilled to share the news of Spekit's Series A, led by our friends Foundry Group and Renegade Partners. With this latest funding round, Spekit will continue to grow their product by developing smarter, more personalized learning experiences and scaling their go-to-market operations. To learn more about Spekit and the future of employee training, please visit spekit.co.
From teaching AP History in Oakland, CA to entrepreneur and founder of Fiveable, Amanda DoAmaral has been on a mission to change lives through access to education. Learn more about Amanda and her journey, passions, and goals in this piece on her done by Forbes.
We're thrilled to share that Pana is joining forces with Coupa. Congrats to the Pana and Coupa teams!
The Pana team epitomizes hard work, persistence, resiliency and ambition. Their path to this point was anything but linear, but like so many good things, the journey was worth it on it's own. Thanks for including us on the journey!
NextBite, a franchise of Ordermark, is highlighted in this New York Times article explaining the new "ghost franchises" of the restaurant industry. These franchises supply the name, logo, menu, recipes and publicity images to any restaurant owner with the space and staff to make their menu items, in exchange for a cut of sales revenue.
United Airlines is partnering with portfolio company Landline and trying a new strategy at its Denver hub, selling combined air-bus tickets to Breckenridge and Fort Collins. The expansion into a ski resort town “really shows you the future of our business, this idea that the airport can exist anywhere,” said David Sunde, Landline’s chief executive.
Great work, Landline team! We're thrilled to be a part of your journey.
"Ultimately, Fellay believes, 'Companies are going to shift from thinking culture is adding ping pong tables and beer taps to focusing on cultivating culture through better employee onboarding experience and training experiences to set them up for success.'"
In this Forbes article, Melanie Fellay, CEO of Spekit, explains that she sees the demand for digital adoption and enablement tools increasing, and how Spekit aims to build and adapt their tools to be even more personalized to each individual user's needs.
We are excited to announce that Matchstick Ventures Fund II has completed an investment in TiLT. TiLT empowers employers to manage leaves of absence (ex: parental, disability, COVID/caregiving) by automating compliance and reimbursement while guiding HR, managers, and employees through the entire process.
To learn more about TiLT, check out our write up via the link below.
This list of Black founders and investors aims to celebrate and highlight leaders who are making a big impact in the venture capital ecosystem. The list features both familiar names and the next generation of innovators who are working to shape their communities and the world at large. Great work, David and the whole Curu team! Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your journey!