March 26, 2015
Bringing Wedgies more places by making the Internet a “legitimate and secure platform for voters” was the stated goal of Las Vegas startup Wedgies.com when we last spoke to them a few months ago. Since that time, they have secured a second close on their seed financing.
The software-as-a-service (SaaS) venture to redefine the survey market by transforming the way poll data is collected, announced today the second close on a $1.2 million Seed financing, which brings the total funding raised to more than $1.8 mm. Joining a previously announced Greycroft led seed round are Advancit Capital, MESA Ventures, Knight Foundation, Canyon Creek Capital, and TYLT LAB.
Cofounder Porter Haney explained how surveys are still in dire need of an update: “Often, traditional survey companies rely on telephone calls and email lists to distribute their surveys. Wedgies has brought survey technology squarely into the 21st century by collecting survey responses where the audience is: social media.”
Here’s something you may not have known: Wedgies has powered numerous high profile events in the past few months, including polling and quizzes on the live stream page for the State of the Union on whitehouse.gov helping measure realtime voter opinion during the speech. These types of national level events help Wedgies legitimize online voting as a valid method for collecting voter opinions.
Wedgies is Hiring
Wedgies plans to continue their growth with the intention to build a world class organization centered around the idea that the Internet will become the platform for all voting in the future. Haney goes on to explain: “This means voting from an engagement poll on an article, to an opinion poll about your beliefs, to a general election.”
Haney and cofounder Jimmy Jacobson say they are building a culture at their startup to “tackle these giant goals with relatively unique values, like: make complicated things simple, and build a product that’s so good customers will rave about it. These types of values are how we evaluate on-boarding new employees and which customers we work with.”
The team at Wedgies will work both in Las Vegas and as a distributed team around the country because they want to work with the best developers no matter where they live.
“Jimmy and I are excited to welcome Jen Wilhelm and Pawel Szymczykowski to the team as full stack developers,” Haney announced. “The products at wedgies.com are a reflection of the team that builds them. Jen and Pawel are not only talented developers with companies like Zappos on their resumes, but are also extremely creative individuals known for their personal work and apps. We are excited for you to see their work and influence through Wedgies.com.”
If you’re a developer who wants to help build the future of online voting, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org !
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