3 Tips for Raising Venture Capital Funding

With SendHub's recent $2 million seed funding score making headlines, the company's co-founder Garrett Johnson provides three tips for securing venture capital support

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Garrett Johnson, co-founder of SendHub, provides tips for raising venture capital (Image:)

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?)

Using SendHub is as simple as creating a message, picking a free phone number, and sending out a text blast. Let’s say a high-school teacher wants to keep her students up to date on ACT/SAT testing dates, and college application/scholarship deadlines. The teacher can create a SendHub account, choose a local number, and send out the text messages via web interface or their phone to remind students (and parents) of the important dates.

Recipients can reply with a keyword to “opt-in” and receive future messages. The value add for the recipient is receiving up-to-the-second updates on their phone only from sources they approve. The sender can quickly build a contact/customer database without collecting emails, Twitter handles, or Facebook usernames.

While SendHub is a free service for users sending up to 1,000 messages/month, paid plans with unlimited messaging start at $10/month. The service gained popularity when its simple yet effective communications platform transcended socio-economic barriers. (What person do you know without a phone?)

Not to mention that SendHub didn’t have a huge launch or marketing blitz. Instead, the startup began small, but quickly grew to over a couple hundred paid users, who as of February sent close to 30,000 messages per month. That growth attracted the attention of the startup crowd. “Investors will be hesitant to give you funding if they don’t have some type of indication that they are going to get a return,” says Johnson.

Click here to see Johnson’s tips for raising venture capital funding…

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  • Steven Lemon

    Without divulging any proprietary information, could you send us a copy of your business plan outline for review?
    Or give me an address of some kind so that I can send you a preliminary information application.

    Our company is part of an investor network that targets small startups like yours. We are not brokers, we are investors who provide the funding ourselves, so you don’t pay US for our help. I would love to submit your project for inclusion in our next meeting.
    Steven Lemon
    Stephen Frazier Group, Inc.

  • Chiazor Arah

    Hello Stephen,

    Is there any way you can send me the information packet as well? I am also in the midst of launching my own startup here in Scottsdale AZ. I am looking for funding opportunities in order to be successful launching my start up. I would appreciate any assistance you can offer me. Thank you in advance.

    Chaz Arah

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