February 2019

At Elevate Capital, we believe there is tremendous opportunity to invest early and offer mentorship to entrepreneurs. We provide the venture capital and guidance they need to turn their startups into great companies.

Founder Insights Video Series: Ganesh Shankar, RFPIO

In our Founder Insights video series on the Elevate Capital YouTube Channel, RFPIO Co-Founder and CEO, Ganesh Shankar reveals his venture capital experience.

“Be open-minded, get out there and talk to people. Don’t expect anything to happen immediately. You never know who you will meet—it could be your next investor, customer, or partner.” - Ganesh Shankar

Watch Ganesh's Video

Portfolio Company In The News: The Dyrt

The Dyrt, a Portland camping tech company, founded in 2014 by Sarah Smith and Kevin Long, created a platform where campers can easily find and review campgrounds throughout the United States.

The platform provides a way for campers to rate trips, leave reviews, and enter camping contests through the app. The Dryt also shares camping tips, stories, and lists on its online magazine.

A Portland Business Journal (PBJ) article talks about The Dyrt’s $2.6 million Series A funding and how Sarah and Kevin will use the funds to “expand its staff and continue to grow its community and acquire reviews to its site.”

As of the writing of this newsletter, The Dyrt completed its latest round of funding, bringing the total raised to more than $3.4 million.

Read PBJ Article

Portfolio Companies Are Searching for New Staff

Several Elevate Capital portfolio companies are hiring! If you’re looking for work or know someone who is, please visit the companies websites that are listed below.

  • Blendoor: Executive Assistant, Data Engineer, and Head of Partnerships

  • Bumped: Two sales positions at the VP and/or Director level         

  • Garden Bar: Operations Manager

  • Goumi Kids: Director of Operations and Director of Sales

  • Hemex Health: Engineering, sales, and marketing team positions

  • Hue Noir: Sales/Marketing Associate

  • Onboard Dynamics: Project Engineer      

  • The Dyrt: Two full-time Sales Associates, Marketing Manager, Lead UI/UX Developer, and Ember Developer

Inclusion Summit Panel Video: Tenacity & Success–Inspiring Stories from Entrepreneurs

Paula Hayes, Ana Chaud, Steven Sperry, Lili Yeo, Chelsea Deloney, and Gabe Paez share their stories with moderator Malia Spencer.

The 2018 Elevate Capital Inclusion Summit featured keynote presentations, fireside chats, company presentations, and panel discussions that focused on inclusion, entrepreneurship, mentor capitalism, and success stories.

If you missed out on the 2018 Inclusion Summit or want a recap of the presentations and panels, check out our YouTube Channel for inspiring videos. Please share your favorite videos with others who will enjoy them.

This month we’re highlighting the “Tenacity & Success: Inspiring Stories from Entrepreneurs” panel video where local entrepreneurs share their stories with moderator Malia Spencer.

Watch Tenacity & Success Video

Blog Series: Chelsea Deloney Collection and PacLab Analytics

In our founder series on The Elevate Capital Blog, entrepreneurs have come together to share their venture capital experience. From funding to mentorship, we’ll take a look at how we at Elevate Capital have invested in each founder’s success.

We recently sat down with Chelsea Deloney, Founder of Chelsea Deloney Collection, and Ana Andueza, CFO of PacLab Analytics.

“As an entrepreneur, perseverance is important. If you don’t persevere, you don’t have a business. Always remember whatever inspires you to persevere.” – Chelsea Deloney

Read Chelsea's Story
“Never quit. Startup life is hard. The ones who survive are the ones who get up every time they’re knocked down.”
Read Ana's Story

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