GARRETT WILL TAKE AN ADVISORY ROLE WITH TERRA APP TECHNOLOGIES
Dallas-based Terra App Technologies Inc. has added a prominent Dallasite as an investor in the startup company — Brill Garrett, wife of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
Brill Garrett, who has a degree from Princeton (where she met her husband) and a law degree from Harvard, also will serve on the company’s advisory board and will help develop strategic partnerships, Terra co-founder Kedreon Cole told me.
GARRETT’S ROLE WILL BE IMPORTANT, CO-FOUNDER SAYS
Her involvement with Terra was announced recently at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center during its weekly event for startups, 1 Million Cups. Cole said that the amount of Garrett’s investment is not being disclosed.
Cole, a UT Arlington alumnus, said Garrett’s role with the company will be an important one as it grows and expands to other states.
He said that Garrett is a close family friend of SMU graduate and Terra co-founder Michael Smith, who said, “Brill will add a wealth of knowledge and insight that helps us navigate some of the challenges with scaling our company.”
Cole told me that Garrett will help in “forming partnerships with real estate firms that can take advantage of our services.”
She also will help the company with legal issues related to the real estate industry, Cole said.
Specifically, he said, she will help with “labor laws when we go into different states and we need to know laws of those states.”
COMPANY PLANS TO GROW TO NEW MARKETS
Cole said that the company, which has four full-time and two part-time employees, currently operates in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Orange County, California, and Orlando, Florida. He said it plans to being operating this summer in Miami, Charlotte, and Washington, D.C.
And, he said the company is looking to expand its employee base as the business grows. He said it is looking for technology oriented people, particularly those with expertise in enterprise solutions.
Terra App Technologies was founded in 2014, and released its first version in April 2015.
While primarily an app targeted at “young, creative class professionals” who recently relocated or manage investment properties, Cole said the company wants to expand beyond just that demographic.
Already offering a lawn care app, Terra plans to address the market of entrepreneurs or “mom and pop” users who manage two or three investment properties, as well as AirBNB hosts.
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