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Elevate Capital Newsletter

January 2021


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Portfolio Spotlight: Host Spectacular Virtual Events with Brandlive 

Brandlive is a leader in the live video event and streaming space and is one of the fastest-growing companies in Oregon. Brandlive's team of 100+ serves customers around the world and delivers a growing product suite, including Events, Greenroom, and Showrooms.

Last month, Fast Company featured how Brandlive became the “crown jewel of President-Elect Biden’s digital strategy during his campaign, elevating everything from virtual fundraisers to rallies.” Fast Company reports that Brandlive “powered 230 campaigns for Biden’s team, securing more than $30 million in donations.” 

The Portland Business Journal also featured Brandlive and how the company was an integral part of the Biden campaign and how they powered live events remotely and streamed online. 

Brandlive's Events platform and Greenroom video production software and services are the tools of choice for a growing number of Fortune 500 brands and event hosts who want their most important communications and events to stand out and cut through the noise of daily Zoom fatigue—keynotes, summits, product launches, town halls, campaigns, and more.

“Live-streaming is no longer the wave of the future; it’s here to stay,” said Sam Kolbert-Hyle, Brandlive CEO. “Companies that use video features grow revenue 49% faster than non-video users.”

Do you want to put on a virtual event, but the idea of running production stresses you out? Brandlive helps customers create fully-branded, virtual destinations to host attendees while wowing audiences with TV-like video quality and features. Brandlive’s Greenroom video production software is a game-changing tool that helps anyone create a high-end broadcast, and the team offers production support in the event you'd like technical production run for you.

Learn More About Brandlive

New Orleans-based TrayAway Acquires Digital Dining Start-up LocalFocal

TrayAway, the hotel industry leader in contactless tray retrieval, recently added multiple products and services to its offerings through the acquisition of LocalFocal

LocalFocal develops SaaS solutions for the hospitality industry by offering full-fledged smartphone and web applications designed to help hotels and restaurants promote themselves, manage loyalty, and provide safe dining experiences. 

“This has been an incredibly tough year for our industry. We’re grateful to be supporting many incredible hotels as they reopen and re-energize their guest experience going forward,” said Josh Johnston, TrayAway Co-Founder and Co-CEO.

“We are thrilled to join forces with the TrayAway team. TrayAway has established itself as a leader in the hospitality segment and sees significant synergies in growing our market together,” said LocalFocal CEO Ashok Yerneni.

Learn More About TrayAway

Mixergy Interviews Allie Magyar, Hubb Founder 

Curious how Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO of Hubb went from street racing to running a cutting edge virtual events company? Well, you can hear it all in her interview with Mixergy's Andrew Warner. It's an inspiring story that will have you ready to reimagine what is possible.

Hear Interview

Take a Virtual Tour Through The Wild

Gabe Paez, Founder and CEO of The Wild, met with VRWorldTech to discuss how The Wild’s immersive collaboration platform “is a hub at the center of the design process and is intended for use as part of ideation, presentation, review, and coordinator.” 

Read More

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 18, 2021

Portfolio Companies Are Hiring

Upcoming Virtual Events

January 27 (10:00 am) – Pandemic and Beyond: The Future of Work, Portland Business Journal

February 8-11 – PNAA Advance 2021, Changing our Flight Plan: Engineering the Road to Recovery, Portland Business Journal

February 22 (10:00 am) – Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, Portland Business Journal

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