We could not have made it this far without the generous contributions and support of many. From family and friends to complete strangers to anonymous donors, we have been blessed by amazing people that believe in what we’re doing.
We are so grateful.
The first bit of seed money from the Utah Individual Development Account Network started us off. We had the idea of developing a cool tool for genealogical research, and our initial business plan was based solely around this idea. UIDAN worked with us to perfect this business plan, and we were able to raise enough money to get organized and start working.
We were a finalist in the 2012 Grow America Competition. Even though we didn’t win, we received an anonymous donation shortly afterwards. With these funds we were able, among other things, to invite more beta testers for Geungle and introduce Open Booth Chats at an NGS conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We received another anonymous donation that carried us through a number of pivots. As we worked on Geungle we realized that much of what we were doing was domain agnostic. We broadened our vision, and started learning about the bigger research community, including attending OAI8 in Geneva, Switzerland, and building on the work of the web annotation community.