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Chris Sacca, Russell Siegelman, TriplePoint Capital, Ace and Company, Y Combinator
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AdGrok   —  
Our view over King St.Dr. Zymnis hard at workSome graffito Paul Graham of Y Combinator leftWhere the magic happensOnly the best beer with appropriate glasswareThis hardware gets lots of useThe main hallway, AdGrok representsThe view from the ninth floorMain conference roomShared kitchenCommon area
Funding: 500K - 1M (USD) Funding Type: Angel
Employees: 3 Revenue: Less than 250K (USD)

The AdGrok Mission

We want our corporate name to become a verb, and have people think 'grok' means to advertise online.

In other words, we want to become the default internet marketing app for 25 million small businesses in the US, and the rest of the world too.

Right now, marketing is where accounting was 15 years ago: you either learned double-entry bookkeeping, or you paid an accountant. And most people did the latter. Then came QuickBooks and TurboTax and changed everything.

We're doing the same to the online marketing space. Whether it's Google AdWords or Facebook, we will be the face everyone sees of their advertising platforms (we think it's a big improvement).

Check out a demo video here:

Our Products

AdGrok's main product is the GrokBar, a browser plugin that's the world's easiest way for a small business to do internet marketing.

Seeing is believing. Check out a demo video here:

Our Team

One of us ran with the bulls in Pamplona. One of us still anchors a DJ spot on Stanford’s student radio. One of us likes sailing small boats alone on the open ocean. We’re all technical. We all sell. We all do user support.

Between the three of us we have over a decade of experience in the marketing space, and thirty years of hacking.

Life at AdGrok

We’ve got offices at SOMACentral (153 Townsend, SOMA), a startup space housing 30-odd startups, including about 8 startups from the current Y Combinator batch. It’s a cool atmosphere full of interesting people doing great things.

Do not however be deceived by apparent respectability or swank digs. In our early Y Combinator days we went through two cases of beer a week and slept on bare mattresses in a dump of an apartment. We also shipped the world’s best search marketing tool in two months (and we mean from empty text buffer to production launch).

AdGrok Locations

Name Address Employees
Headquarters 153 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA 3
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