Obsesh, an Oakland CA-based marketplace for athletes to monetize their skills, name, image and likeness, raised $1M in Pre-Seed funding.
Investors include Stadia Ventures, YouTube Cofounder Chad Hurley, Crosscut Ventures, Paul Bricault of Greycroft & Amplify.LA, and Nations Ventures.
The company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth and its business reach.
Founded by female entrepreneurs and athletes Tracy Benson (Home Depot & Best Buy) and Jonalyn Morris (Beats by Dre, Disney Interactive), Obsesh provides a sports marketplace for athlete creators to monetize their skills and talents by connecting with their fans who want to train.
Obsesh is a centralized marketplace interface for fans to book the world’s most talented athletes and get access to training, tips, and pro feedback with a few taps on their phone. Users create an account and browse a marketplace to learn from the pros like how to train smarter, improve speed and agility, increase their vertical, and learn new specialized skills. Athletes now have a self-serve platform for transacting directly with consumers and reducing the burdens of merchandising, payments, distribution and managing their own business.
The company has a roster of top athlete advisors including WNBA Star and UCLA Basketball Alum, Monique Billings; Pro Skateboarding legend Reese Forbes, known for his iconic collaboration with NikeSB on the Reese Forbes’ Wheat Dunk shoe line; Parkour luminary Jesse La Flair; and Pro Surfer Anthony Walsh.