Christopher Hussain, CEO and Founder
RealKey is honored to announce that we won second place at Startup Grind’s inaugural Quickfire Demo Day, an exclusive, invite-only pitch competition that was part of Startup Grind’s virtual Global Conference . RealKey was invited because of our experienced leadership team, and our innovative technology that demonstrates a clear product development and execution roadmap.
RealKey was one of the top 10 finalists selected from over 2,500 companies that were asked to participate. Event attendees included several hundred investors, and finalists from the USA and Europe, representing industries of AI, AR/VR, blockchain, fintech and SaaS. The day’s events featured a pitch competition format, where each company had a private screening with judges. Participants were allotted 90 seconds to pitch — a difficult task to accomplish — and provided two minutes for a question and answer session from the judges.
My key takeaways from Startup Grind’s Quickfire Demo Day include:
- During RealKey’s presentation, the judges focused on the round rather than our team. Most often, this line of questioning is an indicator that there is interest in investing — they believe in the idea, and see a company’s growth potential. In our situation, we have room for any accredited investors interested, and I’m excited to see that people are moving forward by investing in RealKey and our goal to maximize the mortgage industry’s productivity by minimizing wasted time and expense.
- What really stood out to me was the global reach of the event’s distinguished judges. For instance, one of the judges was Tim Jackson of Walking Ventures, based in London. Our winning second place with an international panel of judges reinforces the fact that the mortgage process is a complex ecosystem in need of transformation through automation. I was impressed that the likes of Tim Jackson and fellow judges Allison Pickens of The New Normal Fund and Stacey Bishop of Scale Venture Partners understood the need and potential for change in the mortgage industry.
With the RealKey Digital Mortgage Platform, we are changing how the mortgage industry operates, shortening the loan processing cycle by up to 50%. We are setting a new standard for more efficient mortgage processing by automating documentation collection and review by underwriters and processors, and streamlining communications through a centralized chat for all collaborators in the mortgage process.
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