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Saying Thanks to our Friends at Menlo Innovations

For the last year we’ve had the chance to learn from a company we look up to a great deal. We had the privilege to share an office with Menlo Innovations, a software design and development firm in downtown Ann Arbor, and learn about building a technology and services company that brings joy to its users (a Menlo trademark philosophy and one that we’re pretty partial to as well).

MENLO’S MISSION

Ending human suffering in the world as it relates to technology TM

This week we had a chance to pay tribute to their hospitality with a farewell Waffle Wednesday (a Seelio tradition!) as we moved into our new office just down the street. While we won’t be in the same space, we know that there will continue to be learning and collaboration with Menlo as well as many of the other great companies in the Ann Arbor downtown area. Come pay us a visit at 330 E. Liberty, Suite 3F, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103!

Menlo’s farewell gift to us (the viking helmet is a signature of Menlo’s pairing philosophy)

Our farewell gift to Menlo– a “premium” viking helmet (great minds think alike!):

More pictures from our biggest Waffle Wednesday yet with the Menlo team:

Seelio Closes Seed Round of Just Under $1 Million, Launches New Product for Educators

Ann Arbor, MI — April 22, 2013, Seelio Inc. closes a seed round of $900,000 and expands its product offering to include private portfolio networks for educational institutions.

The investment comes from First Step Fund, Michigan Pre-Seed Fund, and David Fry (Founder of Fry Communications), and includes the following prominent angel investors:

Other investors include the founders of Underground Printing, Juggernaut LLC, and RevolveMobile.

Over the past several months, Seelio has been piloting its educator product with programs at the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas – Austin, Towson University, University of California – Los Angeles, and Georgetown University. Starting today, other educational institutions can also join.

“This investment will help us build the best student portfolio platform in the marketplace and expand to more campuses,” said Moses Lee, Cofounder and CEO of Seelio. “We are also very excited to add several seasoned executives and entrepreneurs in the education space to our team.”

To learn more about private networks for educational institutions, please visit www.seelio.com/educators or watch this brief video:

About Seelio:
Seelio is a student portfolio network designed for college students and educators.  The company builds custom portfolio networks and galleries for schools to empower students to document their learnings and showcase their work. Schools on Seelio include Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  University of Michigan, and University of Texas – Austin.

Founded in 2011, Seelio is a venture backed startup in Ann Arbor, MI, and has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, and MTV.

12 Fun Facts About Seelio

In honor of 12/12/12 (the last repetitive date in history), we wanted to present you with 12 fun facts you may not have known about Seelio:

1) Our 1st home was in the Duderstadt Center – Most startups don’t have office space at first. Seelio started in the Duderstadt Center, a massive library on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. This library is generally frequented by engineers, art students and CS majors who have classes on North Campus. How fitting!

2) We work at Menlo Innovations- Seelio currently works in downtown Ann Arbor out of the office of the software company, Menlo Innovations. Menlo is renowned for its company culture, much of which Seelio has adopted for itself! We are very thankful to be here.

3) Seelio is Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan – home to the University of Michigan where most BUT NOT ALL of its employees attended university for undergrad.

4) Average Age of Seelio Employees is About 25
This is including everyone from our high school interns to our CEO.

5) There Were Several Potential Company Names Before Seelio – The company was almost called Xolio, Aboutme360.com and workaloud.com before it actually became truApp in alpha, then Seelio as it is now.

6) The CTO of Seelio Majored in Civil Engineering
So did another Seelio Co-Founder. And the site designer majored in Economics! Just goes to show, you don’t have to work in the field of your major.

7) Seelio Writes Comics of the Day  – They’re actually pretty funny. Someday we will publish them.

8) There are Two Dogs Roaming Around the Seelio Office – Okay, they belong to Menlo employees, but their names are Murphy and Lily and they are adorable.

9) Waffle Wednesday – is a favorite activity of the Seelio team. Okay, it just started today, but its gonna be great!

10) One of the Seelio Co-Founders is an Expert at the Chinese Yo-Yo – and the Seelio Community Manager has performed on the circus (think flying trapeze, not clowning…)

11) The Secret Seelio Mascot is a Llama – This was inspired by lead designer Sharon’s love of the animal. We might one day work the llama into our site design, so if you have any ideas…

12) We Almost Got Kicked Out of a Career Fair – For being too aggressive. But that’s just the way startups are. The school shall remain nameless, but we still love them and will be back to visit soon!

We hope you have enjoyed learning more about Seelio. Stay tuned as we find more fun facts in the coming weeks!