Guestio brings podcasters nearer to their subsequent massive ‘get’ – TechCrunch



Guestio closed on $1.5 million in seed funding for its platform that simplifies the reserving course of for podcasts.
Founder and CEO Travis Chappell mentioned customers can go on the platform and guide company for his or her exhibits on the click on of a button in all types of subjects and with exhibits massive or small.
Chappell is himself a podcaster, internet hosting an entrepreneur present known as “Construct Your Community.” Having completed virtually 700 episodes over the previous a number of years, he discovered that within the technique of leveling up the kind of visitor he wished to have on the present turned more and more tough.
Podcasting is projected to be a $1 billion trade this 12 months, with greater than 118 million People tuning in every month in 2021. It’s no shock that entry to tremendous inaccessible folks is a problem, however seeing the success of apps like Cameo, Chappell thought there might be a greater approach for podcasters.

He launched Guestio in 2020 as a reserving market. Customers can go in as a podcaster and guide somebody for numerous totally different functions. On the flip facet, expertise can use the app to guide exhibits and in addition promote what they’re doing, like having a guide popping out and eager to do a guide tour.
Guestio’s present enterprise mannequin retains 20% of the reserving charges with the rest going to the booker or expertise. It additionally launched a brand new function that allows company to cost for advertising and marketing the interviews they do and is poised to unveil a brand new “mini endorsement” function the place companies should buy audio or video endorsements from celebrities to make use of for issues like advert campaigns, Chappell mentioned.
“We’re additionally placing in additional subscription tiers in order that people who find themselves needing a relentless influx of company for a present pays a month-to-month charge,” he added. “We are also popping out with ‘Guestio credit’ that folks can use to guide interviews or pitch an thought.”
Backers of the corporate embrace angel traders like John Lee Dumas, David Meltzer, Matt Barnes, Joel Marion, Zvi Band, Ross Paquette and Josh Snow.
Dumas, founder and host of the “Entrepreneurs on Hearth” podcast, mentioned he has identified Chappell since 2017, and when he heard the concept for Guestio, wished to be part of it. He, too, struggled with accessing extremely certified folks to be on his present, whereas additionally discovering it tough to vet podcasters to see in the event that they have been a proper match.
“That is actually for any platform,” he added. “The reserving mechanism matches throughout all platforms, and going ahead, as extra individuals are comfy with the digital platform, an organization like Guestio goes to be on the forefront. They’re already a frontrunner within the area proper now and one of many first to do that at a excessive stage and shall be one that folks proceed to go for.”
Guestio’s platform has shut to three,000 customers and has completed near $200,000 in income over the previous 5 months, in response to Chappell. He intends to make use of the brand new funding to construct out the corporate’s lean workforce, put money into advertising and marketing and proceed software program improvement.
His subsequent targets are to concentrate on the expertise facet of {the marketplace} so as to add extra options for company seeking to guide themselves on exhibits. Comparable reserving platforms cost a excessive greenback quantity per look on podcasts, however will not be clear about what that entails, he mentioned. Guestio collects information on podcasts, and in consequence, is ready to present particulars on viewers and different insights in order that expertise could make higher choices.
“I’m happy with my workforce that we have now been capable of pull off a few of these larger offers and produce income into this stage,” Chappell added.