Automattic is the company behind WordPress which powers 19% of the internet and over 60 million webpages. OwnLocal was the first company to receive an investment from Automattic.

500 Startups

500 Startups is a seed accelerator founded in 2010 by Dave McClure. They have invested in hundreds of startups including Credit Karma, MakerBot, Wildfire, and Twilio.

Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation invests in transformational ideas that support journalism and media innovation. OwnLocal was the first for-profit company to receive funding from the Knight Foundations Enterprise Fund in 2011.

Steve Anderson, Baseline Ventures

Baseline Ventures is a leading seed-stage investor in Silicon Valley. They were the first investor in Instagram, Twitter, Heroku, ExactTarget, and OwnLocal.

Y Combinator

Y Combinator is startup accelerator that provides seed money, advice, and connections for startups. They were the first investors in DropBox, Reddit and Airbnb. OwnLocal joined the Y Combinator portfolio in early 2010.

Lerer Ventures

Lerer Ventures is a seed stage venture capital fund that focuses on media-related companies. They have invested in Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, PandoDaily, and NewsCred. OwnLocal was their 5th investment in 2010.

Jonathan Coon

Jonathan Coon is the founder and CEO of 1-800 Contacts. He works closely with the Austin startup community helping them to build their businesses.

Bill Boebel

Bill Boebel was the founder and CTO of, which provided email accounts to hundreds of thousands of small businesses. He sold to Rackspace in 2007 and now works closely with entrepreneurs in Austin, TX.

Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer has built and sold 4 companies. In 2008 he founded Capital Factory, a tech startup incubator and co-working space in Austin, Texas. He helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs.

Alexis Ohanian

Cofounder of Reddit, Breadpig and Internet Freedom Ambassador 

Garry Tan

Partner at Y Combinator, Cofounder of Post Haven and Posterous

Paul Singh

Partner at 500 Startups and founder of

Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit was the 23rd employee of Google and created both Gmail and the original prototype of Google AdSense. He also suggested Google's now-famous company motto, "Don't be evil."

Justin Kitch

In 1997 Justin Kitch created Homestead, which became the world’s largest small business website platform. Intuit acquired Homestead in 2007, and Justin then served as GM of Intuit’s Grow Your Business division and was the company’s Chief Growth Officer until 2010.

Joshua Schachter

Joshua Schachter created Delicious in 2003, inventing the concept of tagging. He previously worked at Yahoo! and Google, and in 2006 was named one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

Josh Fromson

Publisher of the SF Weekly and the Village Voice.

Jennifer 8. Lee

Best-selling author and noted journalist at The New York Times.

Ginger Neal

President Lion Heart Digital, EVP EPMG.