You most likely know Chamillionaire from the tune “Ridin,’” however do you know the Grammy Award winner can be a profitable startup investor? He has had a number of favorable outcomes, together with Cruise, which offered to Normal Motors and Maker Studios, which was purchased by Disney.
Now he’s making an attempt his hand at a startup of his personal. In the event you’re a Chamillionaire superfan, you might already be aware of Convoz. The crew did a gentle launch of the social media app final summer time and now they’re able to get the phrase out to the world.
Chamillionaire lately unveiled Convoz with the above presentation to an investor and entrepreneur crowd on the Upfront Summit in Los Angeles. They have been wowed. (Aspirational entrepreneurs ought to watch the clip in the event you’re questioning what nailing a pitch appears like. I’ve by no means seen a slideshow presentation that flowed so properly. Bonus: Snoop makes a cameo.)
So what’s Convoz?
Chamillionaire tells me that the video-centric platform goals to be “the place the place you go to speak to individuals.” He desires Convoz to be an app the place individuals converse face-to-face with stars like Shaq or discover new mates with widespread pursuits.
He was impressed to create a substitute for Twitter, which he feels is overwhelmed with trolls. “I simply wasn’t pleased with the communication channels which might be at present current on social media,” mentioned Cham.
Convoz permits individuals to add 15-second clips, typically addressed to explicit celebrities. They will then watch and select which of them they need to reply to, typically broadcasting a message for all to see.
My preliminary response was that this appeared like a whole lot of effort for an in-demand particular person, however Chamillionaire didn’t assume that this might take for much longer than scrolling by different social media. He isn’t anticipating everybody to get a response, however believes “there’s a chance to prioritize the individuals who actually deserve it.”
He hopes that customers will probably be much less prone to bully or harass others once they present their face and aren’t hiding behind an nameless digital persona. And in contrast to Twitter, the place everybody can see individuals’s mentions, Convoz customers are capable of approve what’s being mentioned about them publicly. It “provides the curator of the dialog some stage of management.”
Constructing a social media platform isn’t simple. Aside from the most important networks like Fb, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, most have flamed out.
However Chamillionaire isn’t deterred and has put a whole lot of thought into his strategy. He was an entrepreneur-in-resident at Upfront Ventures the place he repeatedly sat in on startup pitches and discovered firsthand about what labored and what didn’t. He additionally did this in order that potential companions would know that he’s dedicated and is not only one other celeb with a aspect mission together with his title connected. Convoz is a transparent precedence.
Above all, the Houston native mentioned that he desires to ship the message to others from the same upbringing that they’ve extra choices for a profitable life than being a rap star or a basketball participant. “I need to change the narrative.”
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