Increasing diversity in the startup ecosystem with a virtual platform that mobilizes founders to be more investable and helps investors discover them through hyper-curation.
We have so many updates to share this month; it's a really exciting time! There are more than 1,000 of you subscribed, which is amazing and we're so thankful for your enthusiasm and support. I keep these newsletters relevant and to the point, so let's dive right in!
We retired our MVP and launched our custom platform! 🎉 After validating our education and pitch creation model with over 250 founders on a low code platform, we now have robust software that will allow us to scale and provide a better user experience.
Listening to our community it's clear people have different needs from our platform. We introduced a tiered subscription model so founders and accelerators can pick the best package for their needs.
Our website has a new look! Check it out and let us know what you think about the redesign. Very open to feedback, seriously.
We are hiring a Tech Lead! Please check out this job description and get in touch if interested, or help us spread the word to your network. Finding a technical lead is one of the hardest things for a non-technical female founder to do; we need your networking help.
This is an incredible opportunity for someone who cares about diversity, startups, and investing to take on a post-revenue, market-validated platform with a clean base architecture and completely own it. This role will be a senior leader with major say in how we grow our product, tech, and team.
OK, here's the last update, and it's a big one. I am THRILLED to announce that Silicon Valley Bank has teamed up as a corporate sponsor! SVB was already an incredible partner in Scroobious’ efforts to support underrepresented founders and help them establish investor relationships, and now with their financial sponsorship, we can provide pitch education and a fundraising community to even more entrepreneurs around the globe.
Scroobious increases diversity in the startup ecosystem with a virtual platform that mobilizes founders to be more investable and helps investors discover them through hyper-curation. SVB Startup Banking is a community of former founders, operators, and investors passionate about supporting founders on their path to success. Could there BE a more perfect partnership (Chandler Bing voice)?!
Read on for upcoming events, replays of past ones, and don't miss our featured founder at the end! Let's chat if you run an accelerator or program and are interested in providing pitch content and guidance to your members. Thank you for reading this. Thank you for helping us. I appreciate you.
Allison Byers, Founder & CEO
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Virtual Workshop: The Dos and Don'ts of Financial Planning for Startups with Finmark CEO
In-Person Event: Informal coffee meetup outside Tatte, 125 Summer St, Boston, Fri, 5/6, 8 - 10am. Just show up!
Virtual Conference: Powderkeg Unvalley. I'll be talking about raising capital with some awesome folks.
Use code SCROOBIOUS50 for 50% off!!
Virtual Event: Fundraising 101 with Female Founders & VCs. I'm on a stellar panel!
Legal Lunch & Learn: Data Security and Privacy. Morse is one of our corporate sponsors and an amazing partner. Each month an expert chats with our community about critical startup legal issues.
Workshop: SEO Fundamentals. Big thanks to Sage SEO for this super informative and tactical workshop!
Article: Founder to Founder Startup Spotlight
Twitter: This tweet about turning down VC $ resonated with thousands and there are good insights from others. Join the convo!
Each newsletter features the perspective of one of our members. I encourage you to reach out to offer networking, investment interest, or expertise.
This month's featured founder is Sylena Urbanoski, Co-founder & CEO of Essentially Borderless. Sylena and her entirely woman, queer, and veteran founding team are incredibly impressive. She has already had a successful 10x exit and is at it again with a new approach to solve for physical good supply chain issues. The current global trade market is concentrated heavily on freight forwarders, leaving customs as an after thought. The customs market is a huge source of need and revenue, and that's just where they are focused.
"In 2019, I sold my first business to Flexport at a 10x valuation. We had been in business for less than two years and were an emerging leader in modernizing customs brokerage practices. As a passionate serial entrepreneur, I knew this success was only the beginning.
Over the past two years, the term 'supply chain' has been a daily discussion topic from the dining room table to the boardroom. Our new platform will work alongside other players revolutionizing the way we move and supply inventory to empower every business that makes or sells physical goods to grow and succeed. I couldn't be more excited to start the next chapter of my entrepreneurial story."
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