Join Valence for our Founders Only Event Series featuring Valence Funding Network founder Matthew Parker of Rapidly. Start 2021 on a strong note with a workshop on all things tax and accounting for startups!
Rapidly is the 100% virtual and 100% stress free way to get your business’s tax and accounting completed. The event will feature lessons and learnings from Rapidly’s own founding story, covering topics such as individual and business tax preparation, bookkeeping, financial modeling, and more. When starting a company there is no such thing as hiring a tax and accounting professional too early. Making sure your financials are in order provides a solid foundation to position your startup for success in the new year. And the Founders Only community is here to help!
Valence’s Founders Only is a peer to peer group for education and support. We invite founders to have real conversations with each other about the triumphs and struggles around what it means to start a business. Come prepared with questions for the Rapidly team, and we can take on tax and accounting obligations as a community.
Rapidly Company Description
Rapidly is the online platform that connects United States taxpayers and business owners with tax and accounting firms, virtually and year-round. By building software tools for clients to find experienced professionals and for firms to improve their operations, the Rapidly team is on a mission to improve connectivity, accessibility, and efficiency for the tax and accounting industry. Rapidly is rapidly (no pun intended!) improving and developing our product to be able to stay up-to-date with ever-changing tax regulations.
Matt Parker Biography
Matt is the Founder and CEO of Rapidly. During his time as an entrepreneur and the operator of several tax preparation firms, Matt saw an unmet need from tax preparers for better ways to connect with and manage their clients virtually, inspiring him to found Rapidly. From working with both tax preparers and tax clients, Matt has a deep knowledge of the challenges and opportunities within the tax and accounting industry.
Georgia Messinger (she/her/hers), originally from Los Angeles, CA, is a junior at Harvard University studying psychology and computer science on a gap semester currently to explore startups and venture capital. Georgia has founded two companies, Trill Project and Girls Get IT. Experienced in managing teams of 30+ other students, Georgia’s organized conferences for hundreds of attendees (BOLD Conference & Young Women’s Conference), created organic marketing campaigns to generate thousands of clicks, written dozens of blog pieces across all platforms, pitched on national television, and secured $120k+ in equity-free funding for her projects. Georgia’s work focuses on the intersection between social impact and technology and has been featured as Apple’s App of the Day (four times) and on TechCrunch, InStyle, Refinery29, KTLA, and more.
Over quarantine Georgia launched The Bottom Line Podcast through Harvard Ventures, the leading startups and VC club at Harvard, which she is president of, and ran the largest pitch competition for undergraduate students, i3 Innovation Challenge, which has awarded $700k+ in equity-free funding to other founders. On campus, her studies range a wide array of topics including Latin Poetry, Buddhist Art History, and Artificial Intelligence. She is a researcher in the The Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology Lab and a member of Harvard Women in Business, Harvard Women in Computer Science, Harvard Undergraduate Student Art Collective, and formerly the Harvard Crimson and the Harvard Advocate. She represents .406 Ventures (previously she represented Lightspeed Venture Partners) on campus as their scout.
Georgia is especially energized in entrepreneurial communities and is honored to now be connecting more Black founders to mentorship, peer to peer communities, and, of course, funding through her work with Valence.