My First Deal at Google Ventures:

Venture partner at Google Ventures, serial entrepreneur and founder of Digg, Kevin Rose tells us why he chose as his first deal since joining Google Ventures.

From consumer-hungry Pebble (digital watch) purchasers to the winning fundraising strategies employed by charity: water, we all know there is money to be raised online, problems to solve, and things to build. But what about people who aren’t trained entrepreneurs or large nonprofits with a staff to create and measure fundraising progress? What hasn’t been tapped in the long tail of the American cause economy?

For my first deal as a partner at Google Ventures, I chose to invest in – a company solving this problem. Rally has the potential to be a transformational company. Rally is an online fundraising platform, which optimizes the fundraising experience for non-technical users and provides tools for those who know what they are doing. Rally serves people like Rev. Oliver White, a pastor in Minnesota raising money to save his church from foreclosure (you can see the CNN clip of him here) or Ruthie Goodman of Olive Tree Yoga Foundation who chose to, “bring unity, strength and possibility to Israelis and Palestinians through the practice of yoga.”

The causes on Rally are fascinating and hint at a huge untapped market of people fundraising for not only traditional causes, but also for those making up their own causes or seeking ways to fund college tuition, sporting events, memorials, trips, and more. Rally is open to anyone passionate about a cause.

With this open giving platform, Rally learns about people’s donation habits and in turn discovers what they value. Rally knows that content drives donations, so they built an easy-to-use storytelling platform. It is working. Over 1.5 million people have experienced the Rally platform and over 20 million stories have been shared around the world. With support from Google Ventures and others, Rally will continue to expand and be on its way to having an impact on the cause-based landscape.



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  1. wilson Mario Colclough April 10, 2013

    Hello Mr. Rose, I’ve invented a product that will revolutionize the job searching market. The Product is called the PROXY-RESUME which is a featherweight, re-recordable, pocketed folder which employs a digital playback module and a haunting 8 ohm speaker. The operating procedure is simple. A detachable microphone is used to record a 30 second message or soliloquy to tell a potential why you’re the best person for the position. Your written resume is placed in the pocket to be given to the human resources dept. and if sent out of town, send it return parcel post. There is a disclaimer stamped on every PROXY which states: If the candidate is not selected for the applied position pleased keep their written resume on file for six month to a year and allow the individual to retrieve the conduit folder. You may get creative with the PROXY by adding music to your soliloquy background and ordering a specialty designed folder can include your picture. The PROXYRESUME is a reusable entity and can be used over and over until a job is secured. Mr. Rose all rights are reserved for the PROXY. Mr. Rose may I have funding for manufacturing and a aggressive marketing campaign? I have a business plan I can send you along with any other documents you may require. I was attending Sinclair Community College of Dayton, Ohio when I invented the PROXYRESUME and I intend to bring it into fruition. I live at 427 Bell Hartsville, S.C. presently and my phone number is (937) 308-2417 and (843) 917-0489. Mr. Rose I hope you’ll take a chance on me and my product because I have many more. Thank You for the opportunity.

    Wilson Mario Colclough

  2. wilson Mario Colclough April 10, 2013

    Mr. Rose a chance was taken on you please take a chance on me.

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