Miami Angels In The Press
"Nearpod is used in all 50 states, and in more than 1,800 school districts. In 2020 alone, the company grew by about 50% with more than 1 million teachers using the product, and 2-3 million students online per day. In a December 2020 interview, Carrera told me that all the money being generated right now is being put back into the company to propel its growth, which has been organic. Nearpod spends very little ad dollars on marketing. The real marketing, he said, is by word of mouth."
"At Miami Angels, we are industry agnostic and excited to speak to great founders in any industry within the early-stage software category. I will say personally, I love Edtech and believe that the industry as a whole is at an exciting inflection point. In addition, I feel passionately about supporting diverse and underrepresented founders so want to be intentional about having an open door to founders from all backgrounds." - Elle Leemay Chen
"Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University decided to lean on one of their existing tutoring partners to better serve students during this difficult time. FAMU Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. William “Bill” Hudson Jr. said, “It’s been exciting to see first-hand the value this is bringing to our students. Not only is this proving to be an efficient model for supplementing our academic support services, but it’s also been a great way to scale the meaningful employment opportunities that help our students develop the skills they’ll need to be successful after graduation."
"Success leaves clues.
Rebecca Danta, director of Miami Angels, shares her thoughts on the past, present, and future of the company, as well as the insight she gained from running the business."
"Nico Berardi considers himself to be a citizen of the world, with a penchant for travel and a wide range of interests. Unlike many other VCs, who’ve increasingly specialized as the market has grown more crowded, Berardi is nearly as wide-ranging in his approach to venture capital, too.
Somewhat counterintuitively, it’s paying off. At least, Berardi’s venture firm, Animo Ventures, has been investing a $60 million debut vehicle since closing it in July of last year."
"In the K-12 education market, Nearpod boasts a far reach, claiming its tools are used by about 7 million students in 60 percent of U.S. K-12 districts.
Now it has set its sights higher—literally—by looking at colleges and universities..."
"Miami Angels just wrapped up a banner 2018, investing $3.2 million into 11 startups.
For South Florida’s largest angel network, now 115 members strong, 2018 was the best year to date. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
'We’ve grown, which has really increased the power of our...'"
The Miami Herald
"The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Wednesday a pledge of more than $1 million for nine Miami-based projects aimed at building deeper connections between local startup founders, investors and talent.
'Local connectedness amongst founders, investors and high-performing talent is a major driver of successful startup communities,' said Raul Moas, Knight Foundation..."
"Nearpod is a comprehensive student engagement platform that enables 100% student participation in K-12 classrooms.
Guido Kovalskys founded the Miami based company in 2012 alongside two lifelong friends and fellow entrepreneurs Felipe Sommer and Emi Abramzon after seeing the vast transformational potential that technology could have in the classroom. While several investors..."
"Startup unicorns and billion dollar funds grab headlines these days, but most investors only hear about these opportunities late in the investing cycle, when growth is slowing. Increasingly, company value is realized in the private markets vs. after initial public offerings (IPOs). And recent performance data shows that early stage investing can capture more alpha than investing in larger, later stage companies and funds.
But the vast majority of investors only get into these companies when a major bank includes a late-stage..."