Carter announces the first inductees into the SMASHD Labs accelerator program.
We want to be able to open the door to companies to come into our network where we can actually invest money, put a network of investors around them, and put mentors in the room that can help them build a great company.
Inductees include WeTransfer, a file transfer service:
All of our clients on the music side use WeTransfer, so here we have this opportunity to reach 70 million people per month through advertising.
Trakfire, a Product Hunt for music:
Without giving too much away about what they’re working on, it’s the most well-thought out and efficient way of discovering new music I’ve seen so far.
Sidestep, which lets fans order fan gear directly to their concert seats or their house.
You go into the venues and there’s a huge drop-off rate in the merch lines. People don’t want to miss parts of the concert.
Throne, an Ebay for streetwear, which he had seen at a demo day:
The problem with when you look at eBay is that you can put a pair of Jordans next to a frying pan. It’s an altogether different experience compared to having some editorial around it and well-curated experience
Podium, which gives tablets to Uber and Lyft riders:
Having a captive audience in the back of Lyft or an Uber is a pretty great place.
Enrou, a marketplace where buyers can support both the individuals and communities that they buy from. Carter saw the founders on Forbes 30 under 30 list and wanted the company to apply for SMASHD.
This was a company that really checked a box that we were looking for in how can we combine social impact around global culture.