The Founder Roundup
Supercharging local business, learn languages the fun way, + more
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On the latest episode of the Backseat Startup Podcast, I had Jason Sharp, Founder of Umi on the show. In perhaps the craziest post I’ve seen on r/Startups, a user shared how they built their company’s entire app with the promise of 1% equity. Not only is that way too low– there were no contracts of any kind. If you haven’t listened to an episode of the Backseat Startup yet, this is the one to start with!
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Daniel Fayle of Chekkit
Helping local businesses step up their digital game. Chekkit is a platform that allows local businesses to interact with customers through text, email, and payments, as well as providing web chat, video chat, and Omni Channel messaging.
Additional services such as SEO optimization, website design, and social media management are also available.
Founded in 2017, Chekkit has experienced 20% month over month growth, with an annual recurring revenue of 2.2 million, and works with over 2,000 local brands and businesses.
Their customer acquisition strategy consists of cold emailing, outreach methods, word of mouth advertising, and videos. Referrals have also been key, with customers able to earn 30% commission when their friends sign up with Chekkit.
We wanted to help local businesses with their marketing because customers are used to ‘the Amazon experience’ where they click a button and something gets delivered to their house in days. Local businesses are far behind on the digital front of things, and so we wanted to serve this underserved market with Chekkit.
Through connecting with customers, Chekkit has also grown into the review management space, allowing clients to manage reviews from multiple accounts in one place.
Head over to Chekkit to learn more, and read the full feature below👇️
Jason Sharp of Umi
Learning languages is now as fun as watching your favorite shows. Umi is a free app that utilizes AI to help users learn languages. With Umi, users can learn phrases from popular movies and TV shows, gain real world context, and have access to conversation practice, pronunciation, and translation tools.
The app also sends users notifications to remind them to review the material before they forget it. The importance of reinforcement is an aspect that is overlooked by many of the existing language learning platforms.
What we’ve done is that AI will break apart the language for you and teach you. While you watch the clip, AI will explain what the clip means, conjugation of verbs, and call out slang. The language learning experience with Umi is active, not passive, because users practice with native content instead of phrases that are not connected to context.
Co-Founded by polyglot Jason Sharp, Umi is constantly evolving based on feedback from its 350 daily users.
Head over to Umi to download the app, and read the full article below👇️
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