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Update - June 2021

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Forbes: EdTech Startup’s Goal: High-Quality AP Classes For Everyone

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.

Natty Zola
3/29/2021
Pana acquired by Coupa

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!

Natty Zola
3/18/2021
The New York Times: "You’ve Heard of Ghost Kitchens. Meet the Ghost Franchises."

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.

Natty Zola
2/26/2021
Bloomberg: United Has Your 35-Seat ‘Flight’ Direct to Colorado’s Ski Slopes (Landline)

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.

Ryan Broshar
2/26/2021
Digital Enablement As the New Training: How This Founder Is Rethinking Upskilling For Knowledge Workers

"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.

Natty Zola
2/20/2021
Our investment in TiLT

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.

Natty Zola
2/12/2021
David Potter (Curu) On List of 53 Black Founders and Investors to Watch in 2021

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!

Natty Zola
2/11/2021
Our investment in Honest Jobs

We are excited to announce that Matchstick Ventures Fund II has completed an investment in Honest Jobs. Honest Jobs seeks to reduce the rate of recidivism in the US by creating an online job marketplace that matches talent who have criminal backgrounds with employers seeking to hire a more diverse workforce.

Natty Zola
2/9/2021
Airspace Link is Delivering COVID-19 Test Kits to Its New York Lab

Airspace Link has been delivering COVID-19 test kits from hospitals to a lab to speed up testing turnaround times since mid-January. The company has been working with DroneUp and the University of New York (SUNY) to make it happen.

Ryan Broshar
2/3/2021
Spekit, Zestful Among Hot SaaS Startups That Are Paving the Way for Effective Remote Teams

In a world where COVID-19 forced 88 percent of businesses around the world to mandate or encourage their employees to work from home, Forbes has highlighted both Spekit and Zestful as proving to be essential pieces of the technology stack that help connect and enable teams working remotely. Spekit is recognized for remote training and enablement. Goals App (Zestful) is a boost to remote work culture. Great work to the Spekit and Zestful teams!

Natty Zola
1/6/2021
Colorado VCs Optimistic for Startup Investing in the New Year

2020 was a roller coaster year for the 2020 startup venture scene. Here, Natty Zola, among other Colorado VCs, discusses the bright promise the new year has brought for startup investing.

Ryan Broshar
1/4/2021
Natty Zola on Obvious Startup Advice Podcast

Obvious Startup Advice Podcast hosts Natty Zola talking about how startups need to be Unexpected and Inevitable and the importance of storytelling. Listen to the full episode here.

Ryan Broshar
11/18/2020