Almost a year ago I asked for a favor – a birthday wish – that everyone entrepreneur I know donate 1 hour of their time giving advice to another entrepreneur over the phone. That was the seed that has now grown into Clarity.
Since then we’ve
- Retooled the product and launched publicly in May
- Completed over 12,000 calls
- Connected entrepreneurs from across 47 countries
- Signed up over 7500+ experts & advisors
And today things continue to grow!
Today I’m super excited to annouce that Clarity has raise $1.6M in a round of funding from some of the best investors from Silicon Valley & across Canada.
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We’ve raised 1.6M from the best investors from Silicon Valley & Canada
Today I’m excited to announce that after six months of steady growth, we’ve raised $1.6M from investors that are nothing short of amazing. We are thrilled to have some of the US and Canada’s top funds and angels backing us including
- Mark Cuban (Billionaire)
- Baseline Ventures (First investors in Instagram, lead investor in Flowtown)
- Freestyle Capital (Josh & Dave are badass entrepreneurs)
- Real Ventures (Mark MacLeod & team)
- Version One Ventures (Boris Wertz is the man)
- 500 Startups (Dave McClure & team)
- Venture 51 (Brandon & Ryan are amazing!)
- Ariel Poler (Early investor in Twitter and amazing kiteboarder)
- Howard Lindzon (Canadian entrepreneur and angel investor)
- Gerry Pond (Ranked #1 angel investor in Canada)
- Brian O’Toole (Sold his company for $350M>
- Haroon Mokhtarzada (Founder of webs.com)
What does this mean for Clarity? This funding will help us to develop and grow the company by hiring some key players for our engineering team. It will help us grow globally. We want to see Clarity expand into more countries and help an even wider reach of entrepreneurs in need.
New: Clarity Needs
In addition to announcing funding today, we’re also launching Clarity Needs, a streamlined way to help entrepreneurs identify the right person to ask for advice. Clarity Needs will allow those seeking advice to post topics they wish to discuss so that others within the community can help recommend individuals within their network that may be the right expert for the call.
Our learning engine captures these recommendations from other members, allowing for better categorization and making sure only the best experts, based on expertise and responsiveness, will respond to your need.
An Opinionated Blog for the Entrepreneur
Today, I am also extremely excited to be launching this new blog – dedicated to offering a window into the life of an entrepreneur. Instead of assuming or guessing what you want to read – our team and Clarity community members will be collaborating to offer you a wealth of resources dedicated to entrepreneurial education. In addition, we’ll actively watch for common themes from Clarity call requests so that our content is tailored to what entrepreneurs need most.
It’s going to be edgy. It’s going to be raw. But I promise you that above all – it will be honest and real. We’re not only helping entrepreneurs get unstuck – we’re offering entrepreneurs a lifeline that they can trust.
Last But Not Least – Scott & Vincent
I want to give a special thank you to Scott Wadden & Vincent Roy who’ve been instrumental in getting Clarity to this point. Their dedication to product, engineering and our users is the reason why we’ve achieved so much in such a short time. None of this would be possible without them.
Remember, if I can ever be of help – give me a call on Clarity (link to free profile)
Love to hear from you in the comments below.