Welcome’s path to Series A was anything but simple. In March 2020, things looked bleak - not only had the pandemic thrown a wrench in their business, but the Airbnb they were operating out of also burned down. Flash forward 6 months, and Welcome has become a fast-growing digital events company, with a $12M Series A closed in November.
Welcome co-founder/COO Jerry Shen sat down with Pilot co-founder/CEO Waseem Daher for 50 minutes to discuss Welcome’s journey and what they learned along the way, including:
Jerry is the president and cofounder of Welcome, a high-end virtual event platform. A serial entrepreneur, he has started one successful company (Yahoo Fantasy Football) and several duds in between.
Waseem is the cofounder and CEO of Pilot. He is a three-time entrepreneur with two successful exits: his first company, Ksplice, was acquired by Oracle in 2011 and his second, Zulip, was acquired by Dropbox in 2014.