What It Means to Have a Honey Badger Culture

The honey badger could be considered the world’s most fearless animal. For a Rockland, Maine-based digital marketing agency, Dream Local Digital, they consider their team members #HoneyBadgers of the online marketing world.

Here’s how the company explains it:

“#HoneyBadgers are tenacious. When we set a goal, we don’t quit until we reach it. #HoneyBadgers are thick-skinned. Even arrows and fangs (algorithm changes) fail to penetrate #HoneyBadger hides. #HoneyBadgers are tough. We fight lions (big box stores). We eat snakes (local competitors). When the world’s most poisonous snakes (global dot coms) get their venom into a #HoneyBadger, we sleep it off and wake up ready to fight. #HoneyBadgers are smart. They’ve been seen using tools to climb walls. We use our resources and work smarter, not harder.

“Every #HoneyBadger takes ownership of his or her work and makes sure our clients get the best we have to give. We know how important your business is to you. We take pride in what we do and work until you’re satisfied. The honey badger’s story is the soul of Dream Local Digital, a part of the lore. We put these characteristics to work for our partners and clients, ensuring that every client gets full-on #HoneyBadger treatment.”

Aside from being fearless, the company is on its way to closing an equity round according to its founder, Shannon Kinney. The capital will be used to ramp up sales and marketing efforts.

Kinney said the $100,000 has been committed in the round with another $30,000 to $50,000 “soft circled.”

Kinney said revenue is expected to be between $2.5 million and $3.2 million this year, trending towards $5 million within 18 months of January 2018.

“We have had eight months of beating budget and projections, including two record setting months,” she said.

The company had previously raised nearly $1 million in convertible debt over the course of several seed rounds since 2013. It recently completed transitioning those convertible note holders to equity stakeholders, according to a filing with the SEC.

Ten investors representing $997,027 in debt had been converted to equity as part of the “conversion transaction,” according to the filing. Those early investors are Maine Venture Fund, five members of Maine Angels, and three independent investors, according to Kinney.

“When we first raised capital in 2013, it was too early to place a valuation on the company that was real, and so we began as convertible debt with interest payments. This year, as the company continues it’s strong growth, we converted the investors to shareholders. Very exciting time for all involved,” Kinney said.

Read about more capital raises happening in Maine at TechCo

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Whit Richardson is a former daily newspaper journalist in Portland, Maine, who has covered business and entrepreneurship for the past decade. He's founder of Maine Startups Insider and currently editor-in-chief of 4Front Publishing, an online news startup covering the nascent legal cannabis industry.
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