The revolutionary one-to-one text messing platform, Hustle, has recently announced receiving $8 million in Series A funding, which was led by Social Capital, whose founder Chamath Palihapitiya is on the Hustle board.
“Hustle’s Series A is an important milestone in our mission to strengthen organizations by helping them scale genuine human relationships,” said Roddy Lindsay, Hustle’s Co-founder and CEO. “We are proud to deepen our relationship with all of our existing investors and bring in an incredible roster of traditional, strategic, and impact-driven investors, all of whom are excited to partner with Hustle in building a category-defining communications platform that drives positive impact in the world.”
Hustle was founded in 2014 but is best known for being the one-to-one texting platform that candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton used during the 2016 presidential campaign season. They are also used by clients like Planned Parenthood and universities such as Amherst College. The firm has facilitated 38 million personal testing conversations among more than 25 million people in Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Palihapitiya said, “Hustle embodies a new kind of company that personalizes the approach organizations take to more effectively reach and advance their goals. We’re proud to continue our partnership with this talented team, and believe that their impact will scale dramatically as they enter new markets and create more personal relationships with employees, supporters, and customers.”
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Hustle is going to use the investment capital to build out its integrations and API platform. They also plan to expand their product offerings around event campaigns and fundraising. They hope to achieve ubiquity in the advocacy and political industry before the 2018 U.S. elections and grow their marketing and sales teams while expanding verticals.