Justin Gordon (@justingordon212) talks with Andrew Berman (@berman66), Co-Founder and CEO of Vowel, the world's first complete meeting solution designed to make every meeting more inclusive and worthwhile – before, during, and after. Vowel is a collaboration platform that makes meetings searchable, shareable centers of knowledge for your business. By redefining what data capture is capable of, they are optimizing the potential of every team.
They are a remote-first company whose 20+ employees span four continents. Their team is made up of engineers, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and security experts – from leading organizations like Google, Bridgewater, Nanit, Airbnb, Casper, Recombine and others. They’re building both an inclusive product and an inclusive team that celebrates diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Andrew’s inspiration is to apply new technology to build products that can touch millions of people in ways that were impossible before. He is also the founder of Nanit, the first camera to track human behavior (the leading baby monitor), an experienced investor from seed to LBO stages (Silicon Valley, NY and other markets), and an active and experienced angel investor (with investments in SaaS, Security, Healthcare, Consumer and CV/AI).
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0:00 How vowel is creating instant searchable, shareable knowledge through a modern video conferencing tool
2:17 Andy’s journey to founding Vowel
4:21 How the idea for Vowel stemmed from Nanit’s pain points as a distributed team
6:57 Early distribution and organic growth through Twitter
8:34 How Vowel’s original use-cases have expanded naturally and leaning into user-led product development
10:34 Giving their users a 10x improved media experience through their next generation video platform
12:34 The challenges of building Vowel
14:05 Recruiting the original founding team
15:46 Building remote-first company culture
18:58 The fundraising process and Vowel’s powerful cap table of operator- angel investors
22:41 How to vet investors
24:32 Their B2B growth strategy
26:42 Developing their freemium business model
28:10 How they view competition and taking on legacy brands
33:11 Learnings as a multi-time founder and former VC
35:34 What motivates Andy to challenge the status quo and build innovative companies
37:03 Andy’s thoughts on the future of work and running remote teams 38:43 Snagging the vowel.com domain name
More about the show:
The Vitalize Podcast, a show by Vitalize Venture Capital (a seed-stage venture capital firm and pre-seed 400+ member angel community open to everyone), dives deep into the world of startup investing and the future of work.
Hosted by Justin Gordon, the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital, The Vitalize Podcast includes two main series.
The Angel Investing series features interviews with a variety of angel investors and VCs around the world. The goal? To help develop the next generation of amazing investors.
The Future of Work series takes a look at the founders and investors shaping the new world of work, including insights from our team here at Vitalize Venture Capital.
More about us:
VITALIZE Venture Capital was formed in 2017 as a $16M seed-stage venture fund and now includes both a fund as well as an angel investing community investing in the future of work. VITALIZE has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
The VITALIZE Team:
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Caroline - https://twitter.com/carolinecasson_
Justin - https://twitter.com/justingordon212
Larissa - https://twitter.com/LarissaInsogna
Vick - https://twitter.com/vahram_sf
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