Jun 24, 2021

UNF alumni get boost from Slack in growing tech startup

Learn more about The PS27 Foundation’s newest Board Member Jordan Walker co-founder of Yac in today’s Jacksonville Business Journal.

Via The Jacksonville Business Journal by Logan Moore

Orlando-based tech startup Yac has gained some notable investors in the height of the pandemic, including business communication platform Slack (NYSE:WORK).

“Initially they reached out to us over Linkedin last summer, and we thought it was spam or something,” co-founder Jordan Walker told the Business Journal. “They gave us an initial investment of $500,000 and said they’d been watching us and were interested in Yac for a while.”

Walker will join the board of directors at The PS27 Foundation and looks forward to helping shape other North Florida startups through his own experience. “(I’ll be able to talk) about things like what the venture capital UNF alumni get boost from Slack in growing tech startup landscape looks like here, here’s what folks are looking for or here’s what deals are really hot,” he said. “Or what markets are really interesting.” He said bridging the gap between places like Silicon Valley and Northeast Florida is one of his main goals.

The majority Yac’s investors are remote, he said, including some in Florida, Texas, New York and California. Other investors include Active Capital and Betaworks Ventures. Angel investors include Anthony Pompliano, Arlan Hamilton, Ankur Nagpal (the founder of Teachable) and Sahil Lavingia (the founder of Gumroad). Walker and McKinley have also leveraged their resources in Jacksonville, turning to UNF Coggin College of Business Dean Mark Dawkins and PS27 CEO Jim Stallings for guidance.

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