May 4, 2012
Ya boy is spreading his freelance writing wings and penned a piece for Black Enterprise about SendHub’s mass text messaging service and its co-founder Garrett Johnson who has caught the eye of Silicon Valley by raising 2 million in seed funding to expand on the service that makes it easy to send “opt-in” text messages to large groups.
I did an interview with Johnson and in addition to telling his story, he dished the dirt on how to raise venture capital funding.
Excerpt from article:
Messaging startup SendHub continues to make news with the launch of its much-anticipated iPhone app today. The mobile app will allow businesses and individuals to access features offered on the web platform such as sending messages to large groups and adding contacts, among other elements.
Garrett Johnson, co-founder of SendHub, aimed to create a service that made it easier for businesses, educators, healthcare workers and virtually anyone to send texts to individuals and groups of any size. Well, he certainly has. At least that’s what his investors think. SendHub recently announced it scored $2 million in seed funding from venture capital heavy hitters like Kapor Capital and Menlo Ventures, among other public and private investors.
At the grassroots level of any startup, the top question posed is: What problem does my idea solve? For Johnson, the problem was, “How can teachers better communicate with students and parents?” His initial solution was to build a quick and easy-to-use text message-based communication system. (What kid do you know that can’t text?)
“Brooklyn we did it”
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