About 200 people showed up and we went live during the launch party itself. Glad we could share our launch with such an amazing group of entrepreneurs, investors, and friends!
Mini-Wharton reunion in Palo Alto. Doug is an early Facebook shareholder and Google employee. All four of us went to Wharton at UPenn together.
Side note: You can see one of our core philosophies in the background— YOLO.
User testing at Google with bunch of employees and friends. Constantly. Iterating.
Dinner with friend, Bill Clerico (CEO of Wepay). We also had Bill do some user testing over a glass of wine :)
Although much of our feedback and user testing sessions have been with seasoned early stage startup investors, it is always great to see people who may have only invested in public company stock or options become excited to make their first ever angel investments through FundersClub in startups.
We were invited to Facebook HQ to conduct a number of sessions to help collect data and feedback for building out our platform.
(above) Alex and Boris compare notes at Facebook HQ.
(above) Boris and Felicia conduct usability testing with one of the Facebook employees who expressed interest in participating in our funds to gain exposure to startups.
We (Alex, Boris and Felicia) tend to work long hours—we love what we do. That fact, combined with the fact that we are also good friends, means we end up eating the majority of our meals together.
Felicia’s love for cooking was self evident when days after joining the team, she cooked a homemade dinner for the three of us. We casually began inviting friends to join us for dinner who live in Palo Alto, Mountain View, and the broader Bay Area. The dinners quickly took on a life of their own and have become a regular event at the FundersClub house. We’re happy to be able to meet with so many friends, entrepreneurs, and investors over dinner (and wine)!
Happy 4th of July! It’s a fitting day to announce FundersClub’s vision for the platform it is creating:
We believe that in this age of efficiency, progress, and democratization, no innovation that has the support of the people should go unpursued.
We are starting out by providing greater access to startup investing for investors and greater access to capital for deserving entrepreneurs.
Ultimately, our vision is to enable the democratization of the finance of innovation for the greater good of the people and for maximized value creation.
We’re honored to have your support as we move forward!