Native Houstonian Entrepreneur Leaving Silicon Valley for the Bayou City
HOUSTON, (April 9, 2019) – Mike T. Brown is coming home, and he’s bringing his fast-growing startup with him. Win-Win, a tech startup that links fans with the charitable causes of their favorite athletes through a gamified donation platform, is relocating to Houston and moving into The Cannon, a west-Houston based entrepreneurial hub. Win-Win will also enter The Cannon’s Venture Studio, gaining access to mentors, resources, and fundraising opportunities while it continues to scale the fast-growing platform.
Win-Win, which Brown started in 2016, has already raised $1.2M from top investors including Duke University and Silicon Valley based Sand Hill Angels and 500 Startups. Win-Win is now beginning to scale operations ahead of its upcoming full-scale launch during the 2019 NFL football season. Win-Win has recently opened up its second round of funding, including an equity crowdfunding campaign hosted on the Republic platform.
Winding Path Returns to Houston
Brown grew up in Houston, attending Alief Taylor High School before eventually heading east to play football at Duke University. Brown excelled at Duke, earning two-time All-American honors as well as a Public Policy degree after graduating in just three and a half years. Following a four-year career playing professionally, including linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, Brown taught himself how to code, moved to Silicon Valley and gained valuable experience working on the mid-market growth team at Kiip, a $32M venture backed mobile advertising startup.
“I couldn’t be more excited about returning to Houston to become a part of the city’s tech revolution,” stated Mike T. Brown, Win-Win founder. “After visiting The Cannon, I immediately felt the energy and have witnessed their commitment to pushing Houston’s tech startup movement. I can’t wait to get fully plugged into the city’s ecosystem, to start hiring local talent and raising money from local investors.”
Houston’s SportsTech Growth Continues
“Houston has long needed better entrepreneurial resources to stop our startups from leaving for greener pastures, and we are excited to be part of the local entrepreneurial growth over the last couple of years, helping to provide a landing spot for a young, growing company like Win-Win,” echoed The Cannon’s Founder and CEO, Lawson Gow. “On top of that, Houston is extremely well-positioned to be the home for sports-tech startups, and Mike moving back can be a great catalyst towards continuing to establish our city as a sports-tech hub.”
Win-Win is expected to move to Houston and into The Cannon later this summer. For more information on Win-Win, and to learn about their current equity crowdfunding opportunity, visit http://bit.ly/2uQWKwN.
About The Cannon
The Cannon is a coworking space and entrepreneurship hub located at the center of the 32-acre Founders District on the west side of Houston, just north of the intersection of Interstate 10 and Beltway 8. Currently there are over 115 companies in The Cannon community working out of two locations: The Cannon Main Campus: a temporary building next door to the future home of The Cannon – a 120K square foot converted warehouse that will become one of the largest coworking and office spaces in the world, and The Cannon – Post Oak, a 9,000 square foot satellite office just west of The Galleria. At full capacity, The Cannon – Main Campus will be home to over 800 of Houston’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses, surrounded by resources geared to help their businesses thrive.
Win-Win combines giving with gaming to make donating to charity more fun and engaging, disrupting the $410B charitable giving industry. Win-Win is partnered with 160+ pro athletes across the NFL and NBA to offer fans #GamifiedGiving campaigns. The athletes host and promote fantasy sports style tournaments on the Win-Win platform, each featuring a charitable cause they care deeply about. Through the tournament, fans are competing to win priceless experiences and memorabilia all while supporting the featured cause through a voluntary, tax-deductible donation. Win-Win enables anyone to positively impact the world in a very easy and rewarding way.
Win-Win retains a percentage of each transaction and brand partners sponsor the “fan-funding” campaigns, seeking to maximize their consumer engagement and conversion through Win-Win’s unique cross channel ecosystem of campaign assets including social and digital media, content, and activations.