December 2020 Update

Hello! 

It's amazing how busy you can be without ever leaving your house! My to-do list grows exponentially but the daily hours remain finite. I'm sure many of you can relate. Being this busy is indicative of good things, though, and I don't take that for granted.

They're about to get even busier once Demetri Harrison starts full-time as Scroobious' CTO in the new year! One of the hardest challenges a non-technical founder faces is recruiting a technical partner who aligns with your mission, is skilled, is up for the start-up challenge, and whom you enjoy working with. I am so fortunate to have crossed paths with Demetri and elated that he will be leading our technical development moving forward!

Demetri has incredible character and contagious ambition. He matches my passion for helping Black, Latinx, women, veteran, and other undernetworked founders be discovered by and connected to angels, venture capitalists, and corporate investors in a human-first and personal way. Together, we are going to grow Scroobious and affect systemic change in how cold sourcing is conducted.

Scroll down for more updates, and don't miss this month's featured founder! I wish each of you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. 

Thank you for reading this. Thank you for helping us. I appreciate you.

Allison Byers, Founder & CEO

 

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In Your Words

Each newsletter features the perspective of one of our members. Most are currently raising and I encourage you to reach out to them.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Toyosi Babalola, the founder & CEO of Abulé. Toyosi is the very rare technical founder with an MBA who can both build her own MVP and run the company. ParentTech investors - take notice! Finding sustainable and affordable childcare is too often unachievable for many parents. It keeps moms out of the workforce, and we're seeing them leave in droves during this pandemic. While many have tried to create platforms that enable hiring service providers, that hasn't solved the problem.

Toyosi took a different approach. She looked at how in past cultures childcare was a community-based effort and not a separate paid occupation. She has used technology to formalize that approach, make it accessible to modern parents, and reduce the awkwardness often associated with asking others for help.

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