We make gifting a one-step process by cutting out the need to shop, purchase and deliver a product. All givers have to do is select how much money they want to spend and enter the recipient(s) email addresses. Recipients then get to select what they want to receive, and never see its price. After choosing their gift, they enter their shipping information to receive the product. All choices are centered around the theme of a life well-lived and include gourmet foods and kitchen and housewares from artists and makers around the world.
A participating investor connected Sara with Jeffrey in August 2011 they moved to Austin from NYC and LA, respectively to start their first concept, NOOM. Both share a pragmatic attitude and and adapt quickly to changes and new opportunities. Joshua began working with the team 6/2012. He took over ownership of the entire tech stack after quickly proving his competency by establishing proficiency with systems and languages that were new to him, aided by his strong background in Java development.
Gifting is a common action, with a large market ($110B in gift cards) than can be made easier and more accurate. Layers of decisions and steps lower the likelihood of transaction fulfillment and have significant presence in the gift-giving process due to high costs of discovery, entrenched cultural notions of personalization driving value and the perceived risks of choosing the wrong item. We created a means of gifting as quick as purchasing a gift card, without sacrificing personalization.
I designed and developed an iOS application for a Fortune 100 Energy Services company that interfaced with SAP while working with a team of offshore developers who had never developed an iOS application. I trained the team interfaced with SAP successfully used a middleware platform with which I had no experience or training. I delivered the application in less than 4 months. I faced mountains of challenges including fluctuating and sometimes incorrect requirements, uncooperative contractors, a
I began a career in equities sales and trading knowing nothing, but determined to find success. After 1/3 of my class was laid off, I became the youngest person on my desk by 8 years. I gained account management responsibilities, built a $12 million book, and quickly learned the business. In studying derivatives I came up with a structured index to hedge the securities lending desk's business risk.
I led and completed a 72 day, 4,500+ mile bicycle ride from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK to raise funds and awareness for cancer treatment and prevention. Starting as a student-run event, I was the Director and played a pivotal role in developing the group into a fully operating, non-profit organization. The ride is now an annual event, has partnered with the LiveSTRONG foundation and has raised over $3M for research. I continue to be involved as a Board Member and am the Financial Director.
We meet all of the tech startups in Austin and we invest in all of the best ones. We believe that Austin is extremely well-positioned for the next decade and we believe that technology will continue to be a major driver of economic growth.