We're excited to announce our investment in Pitch Gauge.
Pitch Gauge is an all-in-one roofing app designed to bring safety to job sites. With over 1.7m downloads from 175 countries to date, the tool is making an inefficient industry 10x more efficient.
Abraham Ventura, founder of Pitch Gauge was making a few extra bucks helping a friend repair roofs after Hurricane Gustav: “I had two coworkers fall off of a roof and get injured in a very short space of time.” He thought “enough is enough” and taught himself to code so he could build a solution he was dreaming up. “Investing in Pitch Gauge is almost perfectly representative of what we're looking for in a Calm Company,” says Calm Company fund GP Tyler Tringas. “He has niche industry knowledge (roofing) and has taught himself the skills needed to build the concept — he showed product market fit early on by launching a freemium iOS app with 10k+ of users. These are the markers we look for.”
I had a chat with Abraham about Pitch Gauge taking investment from Calm Company Fund:
Why did you want Calm Company Fund investment?
As a Hispanic raised in bad neighborhoods, when I pitched to Calm Company Fund, I didn’t feel the pressure to be someone else, someone I am not — I was not drained by the energy needed when you have to pretend. I came and left as myself and that is invaluable. It felt like I was pitching to family, there was no judgment or preconceived ideas of what I am capable of. I knew I would feel comfortable working with the team.
Why are you a Calm Company?
We became a profitable company without trying to be something we are not. We have been honest as a company — we understand our strengths and our weaknesses. We have decided to build relationships that help us reach our goals. We take it easy but still push hard. We enjoy getting our work done while avoiding burnout.
What help do you need right now?
So far, I am the only developer on the team so I am looking to grow our in-house tech team so that I can focus more on sales, partnerships, and other CEO tasks. We are hiring developers that have knowledge in React Native and also Apple developers with Objective-C and Swift experience. Drop me a note if you’re interested in joining us.