5 Mar

Hello Fundly Community!

I am stoked to be here at Fundly and wanted to take a moment to share why I joined Fundly and what I hope to bring to the table.

Why Fundly?

I looked at a number of startups before joining Fundly, and there were several distinct reasons why this opportunity stood out:

  • Quality of the Team: The first thing that impressed me about Fundly was the high-caliber of the executive team.  The people Dave (our CEO) has recruited, from sales to engineering and everything in between, have deep experience and are at the top of their game.  Everybody quotes Steve Jobs on this, but it’s so true: “Build a team that pursues the A+ players. A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players…in a startup, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not.”  Fundly’s got a team stacked with A+ players, and I’m thrilled to work with and learn from them.
  • Leading Technology & Product: Our product team has and continues to push the limit on creating a product with a user experience that is unparalleled in the market—it’s dynamic, intuitive, and powerful.  Our engineers have built the Fundly platform using the latest technology and development methods out there.  Ruby on Rails? Check. HAML? Check. Coffeescript? Check.  If those terms don’t mean anything to you, it’s okay—rest assured that it means a faster, simpler, and more convenient fundraising experience for you!  And let’s be honest, anyone that has been on the site knows it looks sleek and beautiful!
  • Opportunity for Impact: Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, Fundly has the tremendous opportunity to impact the world for good.  Crowdfunding in the way Fundly is approaching it has the potential to be a truly disruptive phenomenon (there’s a reason innovation guru Clayton Christensen is on our Board of Advisors), democratizing the world of fundraising by making it so much easier for individuals to share and give to efforts they care about–in short: enabling more people to give more to meaningful causes.  That’s a cause and a journey I’m excited to join.

What Do I Bring to the Table?

I’ve spent a large part of my time working with non-profits and social entrepreneurs—organizations like Ashoka, Acumen Fund, Kiva, and Teach For America.  The culture, insights, and innovative program models that these incredible organizations possess will be leveraged on behalf of the organizations we work with.

I’ve taken a somewhat circuitous route to Fundly, but one that I think will serve the customers that I work with well. Most recently, I spent time at innovation and growth consulting shop Innosight, founded by Clayton Christensen.  From working with hospitals in India to strategizing in boardrooms with Fortune 500 CEOs, the structured thinking, strategic planning, and impact-oriented innovation training that came with that experience will be applied towards helping our non-profit customers achieve their goals.

I’m passionate about seeing each one of our customers succeed, and look forward to meeting and working with many of you over the coming months.  Feel free to contact me anytime at curtis@fundly.com.



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