Keith Crawford, left, and David Odusanya, co-founders of Solace, a Portland-based company reimagining cremation services. (Solace Photo)

新资金:慰藉, the Portland-based startup that has added digital convenience to the process of planning and facilitating cremation services, has raised $1.745 million in seed funding, the company announced Wednesday. Solace is part of a wave of innovation and disruption targeting traditional end-of-life services.

公司:Solace于2019年4月由两位前Nike执行创意总监Keith Crawford和David Odusanya创立。克劳福德在2020年1月的一份简介中告诉基奎尔,他第一次想到重新想象父亲去世后的葬礼经历,当时他感受到了传统殡仪馆追加销售的压力,他被复杂的文书工作和定价矩阵搞糊涂了。


How it works:“慰安妇”收取895美元的固定费用,这大约是西海岸火葬服务平均费用的一半。客户只需5分钟即可在线安排一切,费用包括24/7礼宾式客户服务;殡仪馆馆长和工作人员;协助文书工作;运送死者;火葬;归还火化遗体;以及所有必要的许可证和费用。

Growth:慰藉was first available in the Portland metro area before expanding to Seattle in 2020. The company now services Los Angeles County, the largest cremation market in the United States. According to a news release, Solace grew by 200% in 2020 and says it serves as many families in one month as a median funeral home does in one year. Solace is on target to triple its growth in 2021.

Disrupting death:An increasing number of startups are using technology and innovation to bring change to the$20 billion funeral industry. 在西雅图,重组引起了人们的注意通过offering an alternative choice to conventional burial and cremation methods by turning human remains into soil. Last week, a a team from the University of Washington called AfterLife Listings赢得了25000美元的大奖在一次学生创业竞赛中,他们提出了简化墓地规划和交易的想法。

去年在西雅图的一次会议上,experts even discussed concerns about our digital afterlives and what happens to the remains of what we did online while alive.


Investors:这轮超额认购融资由波特兰的Rogue Venture Partners牵头,其他投资者包括俄勒冈州本德的Cascade种子基金和西雅图的天使联盟。Solace计划利用这些资金进一步扩大业务,聘用关键员工,并改善其数字基础设施。

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