SOURCE: Volley Industries Inc.

Volley Industries Inc.

June 18, 2015 10:00 ET

Volley Launches a Friendly Place for Helping Others

With $500,000 in Seed Funding, Volley Is Ready to Become the New Standard for Getting Personalized Help From Real People Online

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Jun 18, 2015) - Volley aims to be the best place to ask for help and help others online. Today, the company emerges from private beta with one goal: empowering you to get advice and feedback from real people who have the skills and experience to help with a problem you're facing.

On Volley, people post requests for things they need help with. Other members then reply directly to the requests or volley (refer) them to friends who are better suited to help. In this way, Volley makes it easy to get personal advice and feedback from relevant people both within and outside your network.

During Volley's 2,000 person invite-only beta, 90 percent of people who created a request were helped and requests received an average of five high quality replies. One member who was working on a fintech startup asked for specific technical help with payment aggregators and was amazed to be contacted by four people with deep expertise in exactly what he needed. Referring to his efforts prior to using Volley he said, "Even connections I KNOW and sent a direct message to [weren't] as responsive or interested in helping." Another member used Volley to ask for help making the transition from a career in politics to a career in web development. She was flooded with helpful responses from technical founders offering her personal advice, one of which lead to her first programming job. As she put it, "Volley was with me every step of the way on my journey from former political staffer to full stack web developer."

These examples from Volley's closed beta underscore Volley's focus on providing personalized help from real people and illustrate the extent to which people in and outside our networks are willing to share their knowledge and expertise when asked.

"We believe the future of getting help online will be far more personal and human than most people are accustomed to today," said Mike Murchison, co-founder of Volley. "Everyone will be able to benefit from our collective knowledge and experience to get help with challenges big and small."

Today's public launch of Volley means that anyone can post a request, reply to others and see when their request is volleyed to someone. Currently, Volley is the best place for developers, designers and entrepreneurs to get personalized human help, but the startup intends to expand beyond this group in the future.

In addition to the official launch, the company has raised $500,000 in seed funding from Version One Ventures. These funds will help Volley grow and expand its community to other platforms.

"Not only are we investors, but we're also avid users of Volley," said Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures. "We're excited to see Volley become the dominant way to solicit help from real people online."

You can post your first request on Volley today at volley.works.

About Volley
Founded in 2014 by David Hariri, Brendan Lynch and Mike Murchison, Volley is a friendly place for helping others. Anyone can sign up and post requests for help with specific challenges to receive advice and feedback from real people with relevant knowledge and experience. The company is based in Toronto, Canada. For more information, visit volley.works.

About Version One Ventures
Version One Ventures is an early-stage fund investing in outstanding consumer Internet, SaaS and mobile entrepreneurs throughout North America. The firm was founded by entrepreneur turned investor Boris Wertz. Version One Ventures is based in Vancouver, BC with an office in Palo Alto, CA. For more information, visit www.versiononeventures.com.

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