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Investments

78

Portfolio Exits

2

Funds

4

About Unusual Ventures

Unusual Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park.

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130 Gloria Circle

Menlo Park, California, 94025,

United States

415-868-3589

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3 Harvard Graduates Aim to Revolutionize Hybrid Events With Platform...

Jun 8, 2022

The Goldcast founding team met at business school and joined forces to produce a B2B hybrid events platform. Written by Miranda Perez June 7, 2022Updated: June 7, 2022 Goldcast founding team Palash Soni (left), Kishore Kothandaraman (center) and Aashish Srinivas (right). | Photo: Goldcast, Built In  Sure the latest initiatives from the Teslas, Apples and Googles of the industry tend to dominate the tech news space — and with good reason. Still, the tech titans aren’t the only ones bringing innovation to the sector. In an effort to highlight up-and-coming startups, Built In has launched The Future 5 across 11 major U.S. tech hubs. Each quarter, we will feature five tech startups, nonprofits or entrepreneurs in each of these hubs who just might be working on the next big thing. You can check out last quarter’s Boston round-up  here . * * * When the Covid-19 pandemic began, Palash Soni, Kishore Kothandaraman and Aashish Srinivas had a strong inkling that the transition to remote work would transcend into events. The trio joined forces at Harvard University’s business school and founded Goldcast , a business-to-business hybrid events and marketing platform. “Even before the pandemic, traditional channels — email marketing, outbound calling, etc. — were becoming less and less effective,” Kothandaraman, co-founder and COO of Goldcast told Built In via email. “When we saw the global shift happening to remote work, we felt events would go through a similar shift — just like advertising — and decided [it] would be the right time to start Goldcast.” While there are many video streaming platforms out there that businesses can use to host virtual and hybrid events, Goldcast’s unique product offering allows event organizers to add interactive polls and Q&A options to keep audience members engaged and create and upload custom branding banners that display as the background of video live streams. The platform also gives businesses the ability to stream events to a wider audience on YouTube or Facebook. These features allow Goldcast to double as a hybrid events platform and marketing service by putting the enterprises it serves and their brands first. After each event, Goldcast documents attendee analytics which helps enterprise sales teams track and reach their marketing goals. “When we saw the global shift happening to remote work, we felt events would go through a similar shift — just like advertising — and decided [it] would be the right time to start Goldcast.” Since its founding in 2020, Goldcast has raised a  $10 million seed round led by Unusual Ventures. The round, announced in February, was used to hire, invest in engineering resources and expand the company’s marketing initiatives to increase brand awareness. “We chose Unusual Ventures because of the founder services team and [Unusual Ventures general partner] Sandhya Hegde’s deep expertise as an operator and her understanding of B2B marketing,” Kothandaraman said. “Unlike operating folks at other VC funds who primarily offer advice, the founder services team has key performance indicators to hit as part of a structured engagement.” Today, Goldcast has 85 employees and serves 150 business-to-business customers including big names like Toast, Microsoft, GitHub and others. Kothandaraman said these customers utilize the Goldcast platform to run events of all sizes from small webinars to large-scale, multi-day conferences. Goldcast plans to hire an additional 2 to 3 employees for its product and customer success teams, with plans to undergo more hiring initiatives next year. Kothandaraman said his largest aspirations for Goldcast and its staff are for all employees to “fulfill their personal and professional goals by being part of our journey — whether that’s buying a house, paying off their student loan, buying a car, etc.” “We want our teammates to achieve 10x wealth by being part of Goldcast compared to what they would have been doing otherwise,” he added.

Unusual Ventures Investments

78 Investments

Unusual Ventures has made 78 investments. Their latest investment was in TYB as part of their Unattributed VC on June 6, 2022.

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Unusual Ventures Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

6/6/2022

Unattributed VC

TYB

$9.75M

Yes

1

6/1/2022

Series C

Ordr

$40M

No

1

5/18/2022

Series A

Heartex

$25M

Yes

Bow Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Swift Ventures, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

3

5/17/2022

Series C

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$99M

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10

5/11/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

6/6/2022

6/1/2022

5/18/2022

5/17/2022

5/11/2022

Round

Unattributed VC

Series C

Series A

Series C

Seed VC

Company

TYB

Ordr

Heartex

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Amount

$9.75M

$40M

$25M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

No

Yes

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Co-Investors

Bow Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Swift Ventures, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

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1

1

3

10

10

Unusual Ventures Portfolio Exits

2 Portfolio Exits

Unusual Ventures has 2 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was CoScreen on February 10, 2022.

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Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

2/10/2022

Acquired

$99M

2

7/29/2021

IPO

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$99M

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10

Date

2/10/2022

7/29/2021

Exit

Acquired

IPO

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

2

10

Unusual Ventures Fund History

4 Fund Histories

Unusual Ventures has 4 funds, including Unusual Ventures Fund III.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

5/5/2022

Unusual Ventures Fund III

$485M

1

1/14/2020

Unusual Ventures Investment Partners Fund II

$99M

10

11/18/2019

Unusual Ventures Fund II

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$99M

10

5/15/2018

Unusual Ventures Fund I

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$99M

10

Closing Date

5/5/2022

1/14/2020

11/18/2019

5/15/2018

Fund

Unusual Ventures Fund III

Unusual Ventures Investment Partners Fund II

Unusual Ventures Fund II

Unusual Ventures Fund I

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Amount

$485M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

Unusual Ventures Team

2 Team Members

Unusual Ventures has 2 team members, including current Founder, Managing Partner, John Vrionis.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Jyoti Bansal

Founder

Current

John Vrionis

Founder, Managing Partner

Current

Name

Jyoti Bansal

John Vrionis

Work History

Title

Founder

Founder, Managing Partner

Status

Current

Current

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