2013 Recap: Nextt

nextt-logo-largeNextt is a Madison startup that helps people get out from behind their screens and do more together offline. In contrast to other social networks that focus on sharing the past with a large group of digital followers, Nextt helps users organize their future with their smaller group of friends, making it easy to create, keep, and follow through on actual plans.

Founded by Mark McGuire and Emmanuel Buah in November of 2012, Nextt spent the early part of 2013 building the founding team and raising their seed round, which was led by Venture Investors and Great Oaks Venture Capital and closed in June at $750,000.

Nextt quickly grew from 3 full-time employees to 8 and moved from the west side into the Machinery Row building downtown. The team hunkered down building and refining prototypes while learning as much as possible from beta users about the best ways to make plans happen.

After much iteration, Nextt ended its closed beta and launched publicly on November 14th, snagging press from Forbes, VentureBeat, and The Next Web, among others. Nextt launched as an iOS app in addition to offering desktop and mobile web solutions.

Looking to the future, Nextt will kick off 2014 with sights turned to building a native Android app, plus a few more exciting surprises to be announced along the way. Follow along on our blog, Facebook, or Twitter pages and stay tuned!

Nextt Raises $700k Seed Round

nextt-logoNextt has completed a $700,000 seed funding round lead by Venture Investors and Great Oaks Venture Capital. Nextt is focusing on the “future of social” and is building a private social network that focuses on connecting friends around real-world events and experiences.

The startup was founded by serial entrepreneur Mark McGuire (of NameProtect.com and Jellyfish.com), and was featured on VentureBeat in an exclusive interview about their funding round and product. Check out the full VentureBeat article here.