During the lockdown era, podcasts and audio content are popping off more than ever before. Enter Quilt, an audio social network that focuses on wellness and community that started as a community platform founded by Ashley Sumner, which let local folks meet up with one another in their own homes. The social platform has now raised a $3.5 million seed round led by Mayfield Fund, to take it to the next level.
Sumner was on the founding team at NeueHouse and has spent her career building community through physical space. Thousands of Quilt conversations were happening out of peoples’ homes until the pandemic struck in March, resulting in an existential crisis for the startup.
Sumner quickly moved Quilt over to Zoom but soon realized that video chat didn’t quite capture the magic that was happening in person, nor did it prove the right medium to foster the type of conversations that had made Quilt so special. She worked to develop an audio app that would become the new Quilt 2.0, which went live in the App Store at the end of January.
Quilt allows anyone to start a room for a conversation, dropping a line or two of text to describe what they want to talk about. The app is focused on wellness, breaking rooms into three different categories: spiritual and personal development (with conversations around meditation, astrology, human design, etc.), career and purpose (“it was very important to link purpose to it,” said Sumner, “these aren’t networking events”), and relationships, sex and family.
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