Astrid’s convo with the Founders seeking Funding Circle


What are we talking about?

  • Intros
  • ZU’s own funding journey
  • interested in ZU Capital


What are re wanting to remember?

  • Started out as informal pitches, still trying to figure out what they want to do
  • have done more presentation style to date, last one on revenue based finance
  • everyone is a co-op member
  • Intros:
    • Candace new to the circle, joined co-op in summer of 2021, still learning how everything connects; founder of a company called Ceremony, not seeking funding yet
    • Tani working on Mysilio, distributed, lightweight knowledge curation and publication, built on Solid, has grant funding to figure out business models, Grant for the Web—crypto extension for micropayments for streaming / use of content, she and her co-founders all quit Silicon Valley together in 2017, going after NSF SBIR funding, plus consulting to bootstrap, also co-leads digital infrastructure circle; likes the tangible orientation of the Funding Circle
    • Kate G building Beyond Main, subscription based software tools and support for small biz, special districts, redevelopment areas with local government; now starting to white label, they are no code, totally bootstrapped
    • Astrid — ZU cofounder, Capital Circle Lead,
  • Interested in a Notion page
  • ZU fundraising journey:
    • going after impact investment from former grant funder for growth
    • pursuing line of credit from NCB to smooth cashflows
    • considering a crowd campaign
  • What do you do when you are not that far along yet?

Commitments & Action items

Who does what next?

  • Schedule a gathering for Circle Leads on all the tools (cc @Madelynn Martiniere @Sheeza Shah)
  • they will invite Will Stringer to talk to them at an upcoming meeting
  • explore joint session with Capital Circle