Yardstik debuts on MSPBJ’s 2021 BPTW list

The results are in! Yardstik ranked 8th in Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work in the Extra Small category. Not bad for our first try!

It’s a HUGE honor to be recognized, especially as a growing startup operating remotely (until very recently). Speaks volumes about the team we have here and the strength of our shared values.

Read the full, unlocked article, with comments from Co-founder and CEO Matt Meents on building our culture, by clicking here: 2021 Best Places to Work: Yardstik debuts on MSPBJ’s 2021 BPTW list

Yardstik Selected as One of Minne Inno’s 2021 Fire Award Winners in the Growing Company Category

The good news keeps rolling in!

We’re excited to share that we were selected as one of Minne Inno’s 2021 Fire Award Winners in the Growing Company category!

It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized among all the incredible up-and-coming businesses in our state. Grateful to our customers, our partners, and the entire Yardstik team who got us here. Now let’s keep moving this thing forward and keep on ROCKIN’!

Check out the full list of 2021 Fire Award winners here: https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/inno/stories/inno-on-fire/2021/06/18/meet-minne-innos-2021.html

Yardstik Named Among Best Places to Work

Who says you can’t build a great culture starting in a pandemic?

We’re thrilled, humbled, and honored to share that Yardstik has been selected as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work, the Twin Cities’ longest-running awards program recognizing great workplaces.

Here’s a rundown of the selection process, per the Business Journal:

To determine our honorees, we sought nominations from companies in the Twin Cities region. Our research partner, Omaha, Neb.-based Quantum Workplace, then distributed surveys to all Minnesota-based employees of those nominated companies, asking participants to rate their employers on a variety of questions related to management, communication and more. Quantum tabulated the scores from those confidential surveys to identify our 70 honorees.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal subscribers can check out the full list of honoreers here.

Stay tuned for more, as the final rankings among honorees will be shared in August.

Yardstik Unveils Its Human Security Platform for Platforms

MINNEAPOLIS, March 1, 2021 — Yardstik, Inc. today announced the general availability of its “human security platform,” inclusive of white-label, fully integrated background screening, certification, training, and deep industry-specific solution sets.

Yardstik boasts a unique operating model tailored to marketplaces and SaaS platforms, with an API-first platform adaptable to virtually any platform environment. They highlight their consultative approach to designing industry-specific solutions as a market differentiator.

In April of 2020, Yardstik secured $4 million in seed financing from co-leads Rally Ventures and Crosslink Capital. With this investment, Jeff Hinck and Justin Kaufenberg of Rally Ventures, along with Eric Chin of Crosslink Capital, joined the Yardstik Board of Directors alongside Co-founder and CEO Matt Meents. Meents previously co-founded and served as CEO of Magnet360.

“I’ve seen first-hand how critical it is to commit to human security when you are a vertical platform of record,” said Kaufenberg. “The platform model works. I’ve seen the profound business impact it can have. And now, through Yardstik, we’re able to apply that proven model to any platform in the world and position them to become leaders and champions for safety for their industries. In any industry. And we can offer it in a way that doesn’t take tens of millions of dollars and 50-plus employees to get done.”

“This is going to disrupt the traditional screening market,” said Chin. “There’s huge untapped potential in this space, and nobody else is out here doing this like we are, for this audience. That’s being validated now by our customers. By approaching these platforms and marketplaces differently, by listening and responding with more flexible solutions, we’re finding ways to cut their costs significantly, and we’re arming them with an incredible tool to help grow their businesses.”

Operating primarily “under the radar,” to date, Yardstik has added 33 customers spanning a variety of industries. And they continue to expand their service offerings through consultation with those customers.

“The response so far has been incredible,” said Meents. “The marketplaces and platforms we’ve been talking to just get it right away, and they see the unique value almost immediately. The customers who already had something in place are feeling heard for the first time, not forced into these rigid, one-size-fits-all screening models, and it’s been a breath of fresh air for them. It’s been really exciting.”

One of those customers, Dispatch (Dispatchit.com), is a business-to-business delivery platform and an early advocate for Yardstik’s approach.

“The Yardstik team went beyond basic background screening and listened to the unique needs of our company,” said Andrew Leone, Dispatch CEO and Founder. “They were consultative in their approach and were an extension of our team to help us deliver more for our customers.” 

Yardstik will be pursuing its series A financing in Q2 of this year.

About Yardstik

Yardstik is the human security platform built for platforms. They enable marketplaces and SaaS platforms to champion safety in their industries through white-label, API-first background screening, certification, and training solutions tailored for their platform and specific to their industry. By introducing cost-saving efficiencies and offering a unique platform revenue-sharing model, Yardstik has saved customers an average of 25% versus one-size-fits-all screening competitors. For more information, visit yardstik.com.

About Rally Ventures

Rally Ventures invests exclusively in early-stage business technology companies, focusing on entrepreneurs creating significant new markets or bringing transformative approaches to existing ones. The firm was founded in 2012 by General Partners Charles Beeler and Jeff Hinck. Since 1997, Rally Ventures’ co-founders and venture capital industry veterans have invested in or run early-stage enterprise business-to-business technology companies across the U.S. with a proven ability to deliver superior returns regardless of the overall market environment. For more information, visit rallyventures.com.

About Crosslink CapitalCrosslink Capital is a leading early-stage investor based in Menlo Park and San Francisco, investing in emerging growth companies since 1989. They are a proven team of early-stage business builders investing out of their ninth fund ($350M) and managing over $3.6 billion. Crosslink partners with ambitious entrepreneurs who are reshaping massive markets with disruptive technology. For more information, visit crosslinkcapital.com.

Yardstik Makes Top 21 Startups to Watch

We’re pumped to be included in Business Journal’s Top 21 Minnesota Startups to Watch in 2021 list!

There’s actually a lot we don’t know about Yardstik Inc., the background check software startup led by former Magnet360 CEO and co-founder Matt Meents. But what we do know is promising: it raised a $4.25 million round of venture capital led by Rally Ventures and is hiring for a number of technologist jobs. Expect more details to emerge in 2021.

Read full article on Minne Inno

Even with almost zero information about us out there (yet…), there’s enough buzz surrounding us to get a mention here. Happy to get the nod and excited to share what we actually do with the world soon. Very soon.

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Magnet360 Co-founder Matt Meents Quietly Raises $4M for New Venture

We just secured $4 million in capital as part of seed financing from co-leads Rally Ventures and Crosslink Capital. And people are starting to notice.

We’re still operating in what we call “stealth mode,” but happy to get some local media attention.

Minnetonka-based Yardstik is currently working on a $4.25 million round of venture capital, according to an SEC filing. It’s already raised $4 million in equity from five investors.

We’re excited to share more soon…

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