SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2020 (Newswire.com) - Peter Sisson, CEO and Co-Founder of yaza, the map-based storytelling app that real estate agents use to build trust and close sales with socially-distant buyers, has been selected to join TechCrunch Include’s 2020-21 cohort. The 12 month program is launching this week at Techcrunch Disrupt.
Peter was nominated for his work building StartOut Growth Lab, the first startup accelerator to focus on LGBTQ+ founded companies. Peter was brought in by Andres Wydler of StartOut and Thomas Gaynor of DLA Piper to start the Growth Lab. Working as a volunteer with no budget, Peter raised money for programming, led the application and selection process for each cohort, and ran the accelerator’s day-to-day operations for its first two years.
During his tenure, StartOut Growth Lab graduated 24 companies that have raised more than $45M in funding and created more than 200 new jobs. Peter stepped down in 2019 to focus on his own startup yaza, although he still mentors entrepreneurs for Startout, the European Innovation Academy, and various programs at Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business. Peter was selected as one of the “23 most powerful LGBTQ+ people in tech” by Business Insider in 2019.
Yaza Society PBC is a mission-driven company that creates tools to ensure the truthful and secure exchange of information through video. Yaza’s groundbreaking Certified Reality™ technology authenticates each video's time and location and prevents tampering, stopping the spread of manipulated or deepfake video on the Internet. The company was incorporated in August 2018.