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Vurbl Makes Noise with Investor Lineup and $1 million in Pre-Seed Funding

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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.

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Branden Condy Is Here to Leave a Legacy

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Branden Condy is a true innovator. He has made a fortune from scratch, and his influence keeps growing. Apart from amassing hundreds of thousands of loyal supporters who he is happy to mentor, the entrepreneur wants to leave a legacy that will serve as a powerful inspiration for those who choose to follow in his footsteps.

Condy’s story is a classic rags-to-riches saga. He grew up with almost nothing. He did several odd jobs, such as cleaning cars, bartending, and working as a boat boy. “I did what I had to do to make ends meet. I didn’t particularly enjoy doing those jobs, but I had to eat,” he says. Soon enough, Branden realized that he needed to completely reject the status quo and pave his own way to financial freedom.

He began studying the online space and eventually founded his online store on Amazon. “Amazon Automation was huge for me. It works on a drop-shipping principle, and it allows you to sell thousands of products to billions of people around the globe. Once you gain traction and your store takes off, the sky’s the limit. You are literally making money while you sleep, and I can’t think of anything better than that,” Condy says.

He went from a bartender to an Instagram influencer and a business owner in just 45 days. While his story is surreal, it is definitely something that can realistically be accomplished with the right mindset. This is why Branden wants to leave a legacy of motivation and knowledge to aspiring entrepreneurs who can dramatically transform their lives, much like he did.

“I want to be remembered as someone worthy of respect. And the best way to be respected is to provide value. Life is a two-way street, and if you want people to follow you, you have to give them a good reason to,” he shares.

For Condy, everything starts with confidence. He firmly believes that every new entrepreneur, or every person for that matter, needs to believe in themselves first. Then, they need to formulate a strategy that would take them where they need to go. Finally, they have to assemble a skilled team around themselves. “I can’t stress this enough: having a team around you is key. I could never grow my business as fast as I am if I didn’t have a team of dedicated and motivated people around me,” says Branden.

“I’m focused on helping people reach their full potential. I see countless Millennials on Instagram, for example, who complain about the economy. Yes, the economy is unpredictable, but you need to learn the basic principles that will help you withstand any and all changes. I want to motivate people in different areas. Working out and taking care of their health, building a business, developing their own personal style, and helping them feel more confident, this is what I’m trying to leave behind as my legacy,” he says.

His tips have been received exceptionally well. He has over 250,000 followers on Instagram alone, and that number keeps growing. People identify with Branden’s authenticity. He is someone who has been through the struggle and overcame it. Each piece of content that he shares is focused on spreading this message. If he had to choose one simple message to share with the world, the entrepreneur would go for “bet on yourself,” as he wants people to step into their power and realize their potential.

For more news, updates, tips, and motivation from Branden Condy, follow him on Instagram.

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