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February 14, 2014

I’m really pleased to announce that we have led the first round of financing for Dunwello along with some terrific co-investors and angels. Scott Kirsner at the Globe did a nice writeup here.

The founding team is comprised of two guys named Matt – Matt Lauzon and Matt Brand.

I first met Matt Lauzon about 6 years ago when he was raising capital for his first company Gemvara. Although I wasn’t involved with Gemvara as an investor, I was a huge fan of Matt, and we developed a relationship over the years that I really enjoyed (and hopefully I added some value along the way).  To see a younger version of Matt where he talks about starting his first company and the people that supported him along the way, check out this interview we did back in 2011.

One of Matt’s extraordinary traits is his ability to recruit, motivate, and lead teams in a way that can’t really be taught.  Matt has been able to do this very effectively with folks of his generation or younger who might be individual contributors, as well as extremely seasoned executives who are way more experienced than he is.  In many ways, Matt’s new company, Dunwello, seeks to bottle the practices that he (and other great managers) see as highly effective at motivating people at work and bringing out the very best in teams and organizations.  The initial product is still in stealth (although it has been tested quietly and there are over a hundred companies on the wait list), and we are all excited about Dunwello’s potential to realize Matt’s over-arching belief that “every person at every company should be both happy and productive.”

Joining Matt Lauzon on this endeavor is Matt Brand, a terrific technical entrepreneur who was previously a part of the team at Tabblo that was acquired by HP.  You’ll hear more about the company in the coming months, but until then, if you lead a team and care about bringing out their best potential, sign up for the waiting list here.  Also, the company is looking for talented, hungry developers and product designers.  Check that out here.

 

  • http://www.semilshah.com/ Semil Shah

    I have a lot of respect for Matt. I also agree with this line: “One of Matt’s extraordinary traits is his ability to recruit, motivate, and lead teams in a way that can’t really be taught.” If I can be of any help on the west coast, please consider me a resource.

    • robchogo

      Thanks Semil

  • jenese

    hi how u

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    @tjparker @davegerhardt my last thought here for now :) I think brand is more of a product oversight here than a marketing one
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