MyRollCall co-founder Lorie DuPont said she was surprised that no existing software platform put all aspects of event-planning together. "She decided that there should be something in place so that everything is under one roof," aid Brian Kurth, CEO of myRollCall. "That was how we got started."
MyRollCall is an event-organizing platform that acts as the promoter, ticket agent, custodial banker and fundraising bookkeeper for volunteer-driven communities, like alumni groups.
"If you use GoFundMe, if you use Eventbrite, if you use Facebook...rather than using all those using all those moving parts, we have all those components built in myRollCall," Kurth said.
WHAT THEY DO: "We take all of these moving parts—the ticketing, the RSVPing, the donations, the social network—and incorporate the custodial banking component of creating and managing an event all under one roof," Kurth said.
HOW THEY DO IT: "We’ve created a wholly separate platform," Kurth said. "We're not bringing GoFundMe and Eventbrite together. We’ve created a platform that has all those wonderful moving parts under one roof."
WHO THEY ARE: Kurth, along with five other employees, including their co-founder Lorie DuPont, work full-time at their location in Austin. DuPont served on board of 100clubofcentraltexas and was previously the chief financial officer of a consulting firm.
INVESTMENT: Kurth said he can't reveal the identity of their lead investor, but myRollCall will be seeking angel funding of $1 million.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Kurth said the startup's biggest challenge is scaling. "We haven’t done a bit of marketing yet, that will change dramatically as we bring on angel investment. We will have to market to the consumer, to the volunteer organizers all across the country and so scaling that via a viral marketing strategy and word of mouth is of course the best way to go about doing that."
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