RaceReady Oversubscribes A Successful Raise

Another RevRoad portfolio company defies the odds by successfully raising funds, launching a new product, and realizing 3X growth — amid the COVID pandemic.

Provo, UT—  Utah-based  motorsports tech company, RaceReady, has stayed innovative and found continued success amid an international pandemic and economic downturn. 

RaceReady set out to raise 850K but raised more than anticipated and initially oversubscribed the raise  at an impressive $920K. Excitingly, the raise continued to surpass expectations totaling at a final amount of $1.1M.  RaceReady is expecting  to onboard 33 new clients into their racing software system over the course of the next 6 months. 

“We’ve had record breaking numbers at our race events. One RaceReady client has grown 38% from 633 average class sign ups to just over 876 (per race). RaceReady is oversubscribing the round to help with equipment purchasing needs and to service the onslaught of onboarding requests from promoters that start racing this winter.”

Greg Call, Founder of RaceReady

RaceReady is uniquely positioned to solve the data challenges of race promoters, racers, and sponsors in the motorsports industry. 

“I’m so excited to see what this additional raise can do to accelerate the growth of the company. RaceReady saw their revenues evaporate as regional races were canceled in the beginning stages of the pandemic. They showed enough grit to convince the state to allow them to hold racing events during COVID gives me great confidence in what they are doing. In fact, the races were approved  only because of RaceReady’s technology. Promoters  were able to uphold social distancing standards because of the product RaceReady has created. The future is bright going forward.”  

Ryan Bacher, RaceReady investor

Raising enough capital to bridge funding gaps, RaceReady has also found opportunities to accelerate completion on key features of its platform,  utilize marketing and onboarding tools, and pivot the sales approach to focus on race promoters. RaceReady is already seeing impressive increases in revenues because of this, and anticipates a bright future. 


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About RaceReady
Based in Utah, RaceReady is run by power couple Greg and Lisa Call. The two have been involved with their sons in motocross racing for decades. They saw the need to help the world of amateur off-road racing through technology. For promoters, events are difficult to administer and score. Riders wish they had lap times, fast results, and better methods to show off their results. Racing sponsors everywhere wish there were better ways to identify rising talent and metrics within the sport. RaceReady addresses all these problems with a cloud-based event management platform complete with integrated live timing, event management and no upfront cost for promoters.  RaceReady is the only single platform where promoters, racers, and sponsors get all of their data needs met in the world of off-road motorsports. Learn more at iraceready.com.

Apple Attacks the ‘Lifeblood’ of the United States Economy

Saving the Pear from Apple: Where we’re at and why we care

Provo, UT—In the United States, it costs tens of thousands of dollars to defend a trademark opposition. For a company like Apple, with tens of billions of dollars in resources, attacking the trademarks of small businesses is no problem. Sadly, most small businesses can’t afford to defend themselves against this type of litigation, and, as a result, must change their logo and branding or close their doors. Either way, the bully wins. 

Does  the international software giant really spend time and resources hunting down and filing notices of opposition against small businesses? Unfortunately for the young, Utah-local cooking app, Prepear, the answer is yes. “It’s unfortunate that a world renown brand, such as Apple, would directly attack a young, female owned startup such as Prepear, just because they can,” says A.J. Rounds, CMO of RevRoad—a partner with Prepear, “In this difficult time, regarding the pandemic, the world is rooting extra hard for small business, while Apple seems anxious to squash them.

Prepear is a cooking app that helps users combine every part of their cooking life in one concise place. Prepear users can discover, organize, shop, and cook all within Prepear’s uniquely built features. Pretty straight forward right? Just a small business simplifying the lives of America’s home cooks. Yet, here comes Apple (yes, 2 trillion dollar Apple) claiming Prepear’s obviously pear shaped logo is too close to Apple’s trademark logo. 

But does Apple really think Prepear’s logo could create confusion with their own? Here’s exactly what the megacorporation has to say:

In most cases, these company logos do not resemble Apple’s at all, nor are they in the same line of business. Yet, Apple has been going after dozens of small businesses, forcing them to pay for a very expensive legal defense, or abandon their trademarks (which also comes at substantial cost).

A 2019 release from the US Small Business Administration stated, “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy: they create two-thirds of net new jobs and drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. A new report shows that they account for 44 percent of U.S. economic activity.” This information highlights the importance of small businesses for the U.S. economy. 

Prepear has already spent thousands of dollars and been forced to lay off a team member due to this expensive battle with Apple. So why fight it?

“I feel a moral obligation to take a stand against Apple’s aggressive legal action against small businesses and fight for the right to keep our logo. We are defending ourselves against Apple not only to keep our logo, but to send a message to big tech companies that bullying small businesses has consequences.”

Natalie Monson, CEO at Prepear

Prepear has since generated over 260,000 signatures on their petition to Save the Pear from Apple

Join their fight for small businesses by signing the petition and sharing their story. 

###For media inquiries, interviews or additional information, please contact Communications Specialist  Bri Ray at bri.ray@revroad.com or by calling  888-920-7623

Savology Expands Offering to Provide Financial Planning Benefits Through Employers

OREM, Utah, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Savology, a Utah-based fintech startup providing accessible financial planning for American households, announces the launch of its new financial wellness program for employers to provide access to holistic financial planning for their employees.

Savology for Employers helps employers to empower their employees by providing access to personal financial planning.
Savology for Employers helps employers to empower their employees by providing access to personal financial planning.

Employers everywhere are increasingly recognizing the impact and relationship between personal finances, work performance, and overall employee satisfaction both at work and at home.  While other financial wellness programs exist, most do not adequately address the financial challenges that employees face or make a meaningful long-term difference in their behavior and financial outcomes. Savology aims to remedy this by improving financial wellness through personalized financial planning combined with financial tools and financial education.

“Now more than ever employees want, need, and deserve support with their personal finances,” says Jordan Pinedo, Savology’s Head of Partnerships. “Offering Savology for Employers is part of our commitment to households across the country to gain access to financial planning and improve their financial well-being.”

Employees will have access to a holistic financial plan and report card, personalized recommendations, live financial professionals, custom activities, financial comparisons and benchmarks, literacy resources and tools, and more.
Employees will have access to a holistic financial plan and report card, personalized recommendations, live financial professionals, custom activities, financial comparisons and benchmarks, literacy resources and tools, and more.

After several months of development and working closely with a select group of Utah-based employers through an early beta access program, the company is now expanding the employer benefit offering to companies across the United States.

“Savology is able to provide our employees with the tools and resources they need to make significant [financial] improvements.” says Alex Bean, co-founder and CBO of Divvy. “We strongly feel that our company values and missions align. Here at Divvy, we have simplified the frustrating process for a business to manage expenses and stay within budget. Savology is essentially doing that with personal finances.”

By joining Savology’s benefit program, employers are able to provide their employees access to:

  • Precise retirement calculations, including projections and suggestions
  • Status and analysis of key financial performance indicators
  • Actionable and prescribed next steps to make holistic improvements
  • Suggestions for and discounts to many of the most reputable service providers
  • Personalized financial literacy resources and tools
  • Custom employer activities that integrate other benefits into the planning process
  • Live financial planning professionals by chat and phone

By equipping employers with an actionable, personalized, and technology-based planning approach, Savology is able to help employers make a significant impact on the financial wellness of thousands of employees.

For more information about Savology for Employers visit savology.com/employers.

For media inquiries, please contact Bri Ray, Communications Specialist, at 801-472-2124 or bri.ray@revroad.com.  

About Savology:

Savology is a venture-backed startup that is on a mission to improve the financial well-being of millions of American households by making financial planning more accessible, actionable, and effective than ever before. In addition to their free consumer-facing financial planning platform, Savology enables employers to affordably provide employees with effective financial planning. Savology, based in the Silicon Slopes of Utah, was founded by serial entrepreneur Spencer Barclay in early 2019.

SOURCE: Savology

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Forbes Says Hello to Hallo After a Successful Raise of $1.4 Million

Forbes says hello to Hallo after a successful raise of .4 Million

Forbes recently released an article congratulating Hallo on a successful raise of $1.4 Million. 

Article author, Fredrick Daso, wrote, “Language has proven to be both an obstacle and a conduit towards integrating oneself among a foreign nation. Dent and Beh saw the chasm between these linguistic worlds and built a bridge called Hallo to connect them. Hallo bills itself as the ‘future of language learning,’ allowing native English speakers to teach users through the startups smartphone app. Founded in April 2017, the Provo, Utah-based company has recently raised a $1.4 million seed from Kickstart as the lead investor with participation from RevRoad and Tamarak.”

Recognizing the $60 billion global language learning market that is up for grabs, Forbes highlighted the innovative ways Hallo teaches English to language learners across the globe. 

Read the full article here.

#GetHired Summit offers 1,000+ job opportunities for virtual attendees

PROVO, Utah — In direct relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment rates have risen dramatically. Current unemployment rates vary from 5.1% to 17.4% across the nation. As unemployment numbers increase, the United States economy has suffered.  One of the nation’s largest job searches in history is currently underway. 

On August 13-14 the #GetHired Summit will be holding its 2nd virtual summit. Attendance at the first Summit exceeded 5,000. Registration is free and can be completed here. There will be thousands of job opportunities from the Summit sponsor companies, including over 600 positions at  Vivint Smart Home alone. 

CEO of Mentorli, Luke Mocke, the creator of the #GetHiredSummit has said, “This is the worst US unemployment crisis in a hundred years and we’ve vowed to be a part of the solution. We’re uniting the right employers, voices, and opportunities under one roof to make sure folks can get back to work as soon as possible.” 

Diversity is a major focus for the summit. Partners like the Utah Black Chamber, Utah Women in Sales, Diversity Career Fair, and RevRoad are working together to ensure the summit is inclusive and creates an equal playing field for underrepresented talent. #GetHired Summit leadership believe that the combination of layoffs and rising remote work present an unprecedented opportunity for employers to rebuild their organization in a representative way. 

The #GetHired Summit will be held virtually. For more information visit the #GetHired Summit website https://www.gethiredsummit.com.  

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