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Former Canva Account Manager Raises $8 Million for Video Testimony Platform

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Sydney startup Vouch has raised $8 million in a seed round for its corporate video platform.

The round was led by US-based VC Stage 2 Capital and Sydnery’s OIF Ventures, also involving several angel investors, including Twitter worldwide product lead Oji Udezue and Archangel Ventures Partner Rayn Ong. The funds will be used to accelerate the product roadmap and build out the Australian and US teams, doubling the current workforce.

Gary Zurnamer, a former Canva account manager, and David Stirk launched Vouch in March 2021 and moved to a paid product this year.

It is a video collection platform that makes it easy for teams to capture testimonials, feedback and team communication, and Atlassian, Canva, Dropbox and Culture Amp are among the early adopters. It integrates with workflow platforms such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Notion, and Hubspot.

Vouch allows users to create questions and share a single recorder link with multiple respondents to collect video at scale. The clips are editable and come with: automatically generated transcripts, while there are embed options to clip.

Zurnamer, the startup’s CEO, said they had seen: exponential growth over last year.

“Thousands of teams in 82 countries have used it to create videos that over 100,000 views. We focused on building a great product that tested and validated on a global stage,” he said.

“Now, with this support and funding, Vouch is well positioned to lead the video software category, reach even more teams and give them an easy way to capture and share video regardless of their use case.”

Stage 2 Capital MD Jay Po said: Vouch makes it incredibly easy for companies collect video.

“This simplicity and versatility helped it spread like wildfire within organizations and across sectors,” he said.

“We are delighted to support this next phase of growth as Vouch becomes an essential tool for any business in need of captivating video at scale.”

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