Vurbl Makes Noise with Investor Lineup and $1 million in Pre-Seed Funding
A new audio streaming platform is coming to town. Vurbl is set to shake things up as the company goes head to head with other popular platforms like Apple and Spotify. The goal of the platform is to become the “YouTube of Audio.”
Vurbl is a creator-first, free streaming audio platform for all audio types, including user generated audio. Similar to YouTube, Vurbl allows content creators to upload, earn subscribers and monetize their work. Vurbl will provide listeners that are looking to connect with new voices and information with personalized playlists and stations across 40 categories.
Recently, Vurbl’s CEO and co-founder, Audra Everett Gold, completed its pre-seed round closing at $1.3 million. The round was led by AlphaEdison, a knowledge-driven VC firm that invests in early-stage companies. Vurbl also attracted other investors including Halogen Ventures, TEN13, Angelist and other businesses within the audio, advertisement and entertainment industries.
Nick Grouf, managing partner at AlphaEdison stated, “We believe Vurbl is opening up an entirely new audio market for listeners, creators and brands. This platform has the potential to change the way we consume audio on the internet and the timing is spot on. If anyone can pull this off this enormous opportunity, it’s the team at Vurbl.”
Gold launched Vurbl at the beginning of the year and once COVID-19 hit, the team opt-ed to work from home to stay safe and healthy. Gold and her team then doubled-down to develop Vurbl’s platform. Gold single handedly embarked on a journey to gain investor interest and secured funding during the pandemic mostly by way of Zoom calls.
The pre-seed funds are being used to develop and launch the Vurbl platform with over 25 million pieces of audio and podcasts. This will span across hundreds of categories and subcategories creating a sanctuary for content curators and listeners.
Gold is confident in the market demand for a streaming platform like Vurbl and stated, “Audio is scattered all over the internet in hard to find places, much of it costs money or is not findable, is not easy to playback, etc. We see millions of audio queries on Google and YouTube that reflect demand for audio of all types. The vast majority of these searches return subpar audio results or no audio results at all.”
Vurbl is uniquely positioned to win over audio aficionados with its promise of value added services and attractive revenue share program for creators.
Vurbl is set to launch its web-based platform experience in Q4 2020 with millions of discoverable audio, playlists and human-curated audio stations. The company also plans to announce additional updates including the launch of new mobile apps, a downloadable desktop app, and connected in-home devices for listeners to enjoy audio streams anytime and anywhere.
Hassan Chowdhury, An Innovative and Ambitious Young Entrepreneur
Hassan Chowdhury is already building a name for himself in the luxury hospitality and real estate industries despite being only 26 years old. He has accomplished remarkable success in a relatively short time, and as a result, he has firmly established himself as one of the most successful businesspeople in the United States.
Hassan was born in Houston, Texas, and raised there by parents who are both extremely successful businesspeople in their own right. Hassan was motivated to pursue his business dreams by watching his parents run multiple manufacturing plants for make up and make up brands for the past 45 years. This example of success was the driving force behind Hassan’s decision to pursue his entrepreneurial goals. His parents taught him at an early age the values of the necessity of hard work, devotion, and ambition. They took him on travels all around the world as he became older to show him the significance of different cultures and experiences in other parts of the world. Hassan was on one of these travels when he first realized he had a deep interest in hospitality and high-end lifestyles.
He founded his own hospitality company in New York after college. He collaborates with some of the city’s most well-known nightclubs to host events, including Lavo Nightclub and Fleur Room Rooftop. However, the chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the hospitality business was a direct result of this epidemic. Hassan did not throw up the towel but viewed this as an opportunity to extend his business into the luxury real estate industry. Shortly after establishing Bouge Villas, a prestigious real estate firm with headquarters in Miami, Florida, he began purchasing real estate in the area. He gave each home its one-of-a-kind design and then put them up for rent on a short-term basis.
As the constraints on COVID-19 were loosened, he saw his business go from strength to strength. After that, he broadened his real estate holdings to include homes in other cities, such as the Hamptons in New York, Fort Lauderdale Beach in Florida, Tulum in Mexico, and Cartagena in Colombia. Soon, he will also expand to Nashville, Tennessee, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. However, Hassan didn’t stop there and continued. In addition, he established his very own Private Members Club, the MetaFly Club, in collaboration with M2Jets to provide customers with access to luxury private flying and additional hospitality advantages. In the middle of 2023, it will be the first Private Jet Company to provide membership denominated in NFT.
The long hours of labor, unwavering commitment, and lofty goals that Hassan put in allowed him to achieve his goals. He has also demonstrated that it is possible to make the most of even the most challenging circumstances so long as one has the appropriate mentality and attitude. His objective is to achieve worldwide renown for providing the highest level of hospitality that is humanly possible to his customers. Hassan is optimistic about the future. He has big ambitions to continue growing Bouge Villas and MetaFly Club while preserving his status as one of the most successful business owners in the United States. Follow @hassanc.official on Instagram to keep up with Hassan’s progress. His story of hard work and determination is sure to serve as inspiration to many aspiring young businesses.
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