NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Veri, the soon-to-be-released platform connecting social celebrities and their fans, today announced it has secured a multi-million dollar seed funding deal led by Montreal Alouettes owner and founding partner of McConnell Wetenhall & Co, Inc., Bob Wetenhall. The financing will help further develop the technology behind the beta version which is set for public launch later this year.
The funding comes on the heels of the app's recently launched beta version at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on September 13, 2016. Veri's lead investor, Bob Wetenhall, got involved with Veri because he immediately detected the vision and unbound upside the platform offers based upon his extensive experience in entertainment and as an owner of various athletic franchises.
"It has been an incredible honor to work with such an accomplished businessperson and visionary. Mr. Wetenhall's support allows us to provide value to online celebrity entrepreneurs and turn the current agent-talent model on its head," said Jon Bucci, CEO of Veri.
Through the Veri app, digital influencers meeting a certain follower criteria can engage in virtual one-on-one interactions with fans through paid bookings. For fans, Veri offers the chance to take the social celebrity meeting to the next level, with unprecedented, personal access. This could mean anything from one-on-one advice from a favorite fashionista, personal workout tips from top trainers or even interactive cooking lessons from admired chefs. Veri looks to create a trusted, reputable marketplace that removes the power from traditional talent agencies and places it in the hands of established and rising social stars.
"It takes the right combination of leadership, technology, and talent to succeed in the ever evolving social media marketplace. That is why I am so enthusiastic about Veri. The platform connects individuals on a micro, personal level. I can only imagine the type of inspirational and positive interactions this platform will enable for the social celebrity and its followers," added Wetenhall.
Based in Montreal, Veri is an online platform that acts as a trusted, reputable marketplace where fans and celebrities can meet in a one-on-one context safely, efficiently, and intuitively. Their mission is to remove the power from traditional talent agencies and place it in the hands of established and rising social stars. Veri gives social celebrities the chance to offer their fans a meaningful and authentic one-on-one connection. For more information about Veri, please visit, Veriapp.co. Veri's Twitter: @veriapp
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