🚀 Crunch #040: Creator Portfolios, Unique Productivity Task Manager
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How it works
Brands are spending big bucks to target Gen-Z consumers, but are failing at authentically reaching those consumers with content that speaks directly to them.
The only people who understand Gen Z consumers, are Gen Z consumers.
So, what’s the best way to reach them? Source user-generated content directly from your target audience.
See for the MVP demo to get a feel for the platform.
$100k+ in brand sales revenue
2,300 creators on the waitlist
200 portfolios created
Techstars, Google for Startups Founders Academy, Forbes 30U30
Founder/CEO: Kelsey Davis, BS in Film, MS in Entrepreneurship, Forbes 30U30
Co-Founder/COO: Brendan O'Keeffe, BS in Information, Management, and Technology
Chief Growth Officer: Jenna Trabulus, Former Head of Biz Dev @ FabFitFun + Former Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships @ Conde Nast Entertainment
Lead Software Engineer: Yahkeef Davis, Data Scientist
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🇦🇺🇺🇸 llama life: Productivity task manager that helps you work through to-do lists, not just make them. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: $100k angel round)
How It Works
Llama wants you to say goodbye to never-ending lists, and say hello to daily bliss.
Add tasks to your list. For each task, add the duration in minutes. If no duration is added, it will default to 25 min.
When you're ready to begin the task, start the timer by clicking the ‘play button'.
Check out the product walk-through for an in-depth taste of it.
The task at the top of your list is automatically loaded into the timer. This task should be your current focus.
Marie Ng 🍄 @threehourcoffeeNot quite (currently 286 / 500) but saving this nice bottle of wine for when it does happen 👇. It’s on my dining table so I see it every day. https://t.co/4ak7C5m66J
My name is Marie, and I built Llama Life because my to-do list was getting out of control. I needed a tool to help me focus and provide just a little more structure to get things done.
I discovered that setting a fixed amount of time for each task, gave me a strange sense of calm. It also gave me the mental space to focus on ONE thing at a time.
I used to live in the US, New York for 9 years. Now I’m based in Melbourne, Australia.
Recently, I was accepted into the LAUNCH accelerator, which is backed by Jason Calacanis. It’s run in the US but remotely at the moment.
Llama Life is inspired by a small village I visited outside Peru back in 2018. They had no electricity or running water but they had a lot of llamas.
It struck me how peaceful, calm, and content they all were. When it came to naming the app, I wanted to replicate that feeling.
My mission with Llama is to help people achieve calm, focused productivity. There's a lot of emphasis on hustle culture right now with people working insane hours.
I'm not against working hard, but I think we can work more smartly.
🏁 You’re all set!
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