As we enter this new chapter for our company, I think this presents a good chance to reflect on all we’ve been able to accomplish together. By together, I mean the CoFoundersLab team, all of our amazing volunteers, and everyone else who has helped make this movement possible. In a few short years we’ve:
- Made a few hundred successful co-founder matches. These teams are now off working on their startups.
- Built the largest online community of entrepreneurs in the world – more than 35,000 people.
- Held more than 175 events attended by more than 15,250 people, making CoFoundersLab Matchups one of the largest Meetups in the world.
Why we merged
CoFoundersLab is a mission driven company with a simple goal: help entrepreneurs succeed. Whenever we asked our community over the last few years what else they needed help with, the most common response was access to capital. We recognized that in order to truly accelerate innovation we must help democratize access to capital and bring it within reach of talented founders everywhere, not only in startup hubs like San Francisco & NYC. For founders, Onevest means you can now join a single community to build your core founding team and access capital.
What you can expect in the future
We’re working hard to fully integrate the RockThePost and CoFoundersLab online customer experience into one platform under Onevest. Until then, not much will change from a product experience – CoFoundersLab.com is where you’ll continue to find co-founders, advisers, and interns that want to launch startups.RockThePost.com is where you can go to raise capital and/or invest in startups. CoFoundersLab Matchup events will continue, and we’re committed to continuing to conduct those going forward.
What this means for our volunteers
We know that the main reason why you volunteer your time to build this great community is to have an impact. With this merger, you have the ability to have an even greater impact helping our founders go beyond the formation of core startup teams, and onwards to tackling the next biggest challenge – fundraising! CoFoundersLab Matchup events will remain at the core of our value proposition to our members, but we’ll also be rolling out additional event formats in a select number of cities. Furthermore, we’ll be looking to you to help identify the best startup teams. This input will be highly valuable for us and increasingly rewarding for you as we integrate and find the best ways to align our mutual interests
CoFoundersLab will continue as a brand. All CoFoundersLab events will remain as CoFoundersLab Matchups and CoFoundersLab.com will continue to operate. By the end of the year, CoFoundersLab.com will only be geared towards events, and the online matchmaking will be transitioned to Onevest.com.