Meet Clint Davis, Cofounder & CEO of Capsll, a startup that’s creating digital time capsules and leveraging neuroscience to help users preserve their stories. Find out what led Clint to this point of aiming to drive a movement that values humanity while meeting a market need.
What inspired you to start this business?
The inspiration came from one of the greatest human values, which is to be known. We live in an age of connectedness but it’s not applied often in a way that lifts up people rather than making them feel inferior and lonely.
In exploring this need further, I also saw that we’re failing to curate our history. We used to do this well, but we’re losing human history at the moment.
I think about my grandfather who was an orphan and became a powerful CEO. I’d love to hear his stories, especially now that I’m old enough to appreciate them. But they’re lost with his passing.
I want to be able to share my life stories with my kids and show them what shaped me to be the person I am. I realize how difficult it is to share and preserve memories in an accessible way. We need a new platform focused on that purpose, and that’s why we’re building Capsll.
What’s your mission?
We’re on a mission to create a trusted place to save and share your life stories to pass on to future generations. In doing so, we want to restore the meaning behind digital content. We believe that your content is about more than getting the perfect lighting and perfect outfit to show a perfect life. We believe your content memorializes moments and shows connections with people you value.
The shift to valuing people by the number of followers, likes and comments came on quickly. But this doesn’t fuel our humanity. We can change it back to where we value people for who they are. It’s completely within our grasp, and the world will be a better place if we do this. Capsll is on the forefront of that movement.
The shift to valuing people by the number of followers, likes and comments came on quickly. But this doesn’t fuel our humanity. We can change it back to where we value people for who they are.
What’s your background?
I’ve had many jobs — from a picture framer, which was one of the most fulfilling, to standing in freezing cold refrigerators making beef jerky. I was also a high-performance driving instructor for more than a decade and hold a degree in theology.
The role that defined me most was that of a commercial radio host in four different countries where my wife and I lived, including South Africa, Dubai, Australia and the U.S. More than 5 million listeners joined me in that journey and helped build my background of learning how to communicate in meaningful ways with people from different cultures with different worldviews.
Have you founded other companies? Any exits?
I’m a serial entrepreneur and have had individual successes and failures throughout my career.
But I’ve never worked with a team like the one we’ve built with Capsll where we have the chance to build something that can truly scale. We’re good friends who have come together as professionals with complementary skill sets, drawn to this business by our desire to change the world.
What experiences along your career path help you most in your current role?
I’m a natural leader and have found myself in leadership positions even when I haven’t wanted them. The major driving force behind my current role is my experience with diverse cultures and world views and my ability to understand people, for good and bad. Working in radio opens so many doors in your career path and gives you such an appreciation for different people. Our entire team has experience with diverse cultures, having lived in different countries and developed a real understanding of the human spirit.
Our backgrounds have prepared us well to build Capsll to honor people and enable them to preserve and share their stories.
How did you and your cofounders meet? How did you come together to build this business?
Anton, Sam and I have known each other for a collective of 39 years, and we’ve come together for Capsll because we see the potential to build something that can change the world.
I met Anton while living in South Africa. We spent many Saturday evenings in karaoke bars, Sundays in church and other days doing life together. Anton is our Chief Product Officer and is so skilled in this space.
I met Sam in Dubai and always enjoyed time with him. He’s an authentic, charismatic, salt-of-the-earth person who’s a natural business person. Sam has had a distinguished career in finance and is the ideal person to lead our financial and operations area.
I’ve heard about startups that have struggled to build a cohesive founding team, but we’re fortunate in that we work together so well.
We’re driven daily by the opportunity to build something that can leave a mark on humanity. Each of us has always had that desire.
Tell us about the team you’ve built.
n addition to our founding team, we have a solid group of advisors. They invest their time and financial resources in Capsll because they see the potential from a financial and humanitarian standpoint.
We deliberately selected advisors who fill gaps in our current, lean staff. And we expand our capabilities with strategic partners who excel in their areas and also share our vision for what Capsll can become and the impact it can have in the world.
For example, we have a great relationship with a widely respected legal firm called Pierce McCoy. It was important for us to set this up early in our company’s life so that we could protect our IP and set solid frameworks that will support our rapid growth.
We also have secured a strategic partnership with Zilker Media, a top-notch marketing firm in Austin, Texas, and that enables us to bring high-caliber marketing professionals into our efforts at an early stage without paying exorbitant rates that could drain our resources early.
Describe your company culture
At Capsll, we value people over product. We demonstrate that with our employees and our end users. This is a highly relational company where we treat people with trust, honor and respect.
We believe we have to earn the trust of our users. That trust has been broken by other platforms. We value each person and believe everyone has stories worth telling and preserving.
Our founding team comes from different countries, and we all have diverse backgrounds. This gives us a heightened appreciation for different cultures, opinions, political stances and religious views. We’re creating a culture where all are welcome, and we hope to create a movement in our world where we can all value humanity.
What brings you the most joy on the job?
That’s easy. When I describe the vision for Capsll to a potential investor or user, the first response I get is not about the product or revenue proposition that we’re sharing. It’s always about a loved one whose story the person would love to have access to right now.
That sort of trust and recognition of the human element is extremely fulfilling and fuels us to keep going.
When I describe the vision for Capsll to a potential investor or user, the first response I get is not about the product or revenue proposition that we’re sharing. It’s always about a loved one whose story the person would love to have access to right now.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my marriage. The journey we’ve taken together sounds glamorous having lived in so many beautiful places, but in reality, it hasn’t been easy. The way we’ve navigated life’s challenges together is something that makes me proud.
We’re super fortunate to be best friends and truly understand each other.
For Capsll, I’m proud that we’re able to build this on the back of a pandemic and have success. I see this as a testament that as humans, we’re resilient. We can always get up, dust ourselves off and do something new. No matter how divided we feel, we can always change and find a way to value each other.
What are the top factors influencing your industry or company right now and how are you managing them?
There’s massive mistrust in social media platforms where many of us have been saving remnants of our memories all these years. And there’s dissatisfaction with the way value is assigned based on the number of likes and comments.
As humans, we’re not designed to be validated that way. You see the consequence of this in surging mental health struggles heightened by social media use and addiction.
We’re in a digital age so we can’t simply turn away from it. But we can choose to use it in better ways. Digital content can be a true driving force of human connection if done correctly. Capsll is at the forefront of that movement, creating an environment where you’re honored as a human and your stories are inherently valued.
We demonstrate that honor by selling no ads, prohibiting data mining and recognizing that users own their content. Capsll is a safe, secure place where you can save all your stories and moments — even if you decide to leave the app someday. That’s distinctly different from any other platform.
There’s massive mistrust in social media platforms where many of us have been saving remnants of our memories all these years. And there’s dissatisfaction with the way value is assigned based on the number of likes and comments. As humans, we’re not designed to be validated that way.
Why did you decide to raise capital through crowdfunding?
We were drawn by the ability to keep building the product as we raise funds. We weren’t looking for the standard capital-raising process, which can often seem like you’re just checking boxes. We really like the idea of letting people get to know the mission of Capsll and giving them the chance to be part of this full experience with us as investors.
As a company, we’re focused on building and honoring relationships. We’re pretty particular about who we partner with, and we felt comfortable connecting with Fundify. We felt that the people here truly believed in us and were focused on our success as a company.
What are three adjectives you’d use to describe yourself?
- Resilient — There’s so much to our life stories, from losing siblings tragically, to moving to different countries with little-to-no money each time. The hard times and good days have both taught me to be resilient.
- Learner — I enjoy learning; it energizes me. To relax, I watch documentaries. I always want to be learning new skills and having new experiences.
- Unconventional — I’m a little unconventional, a little eccentric. I enjoy challenging norms and established ideals. This trait has helped me learn to appreciate people from all walks of life and learn how to communicate with people across the globe.
What is the most important habit of a startup founder?
At this point, I believe it’s humility.
Humility gives you the basis to recognize your faults and to be willing to fill the gaps to create the strongest company possible. It allows you to acknowledge when you’re wrong and change direction.
It also allows you to feel the burden of what you’re building. You’re the one who must prove the validity of what you’re building and lead the team to success.
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
Happy hour with my wife tops my list. I’m also into golf at the moment, and my wife will often join me for that.
Golf can teach you so many things — like learning that things don’t always go well and you’ve got to adjust. That this quest for perfection doesn’t really exist. And that it’s about the journey, about being out there with my wife and friends, no matter if I’m doing well at the game or not.
If you were on stage in a spotlight before a packed audience, would you rather teach, sing, dance or accept an award? Tell us about that scene.
I would teach. I would love for people to learn more about the value of humanity and the value of each person’s story. I want people to understand that you have a purpose; there’s a plan for your life. You have affected lives in ways that you may not even know about.
In life and with Capsll, my team and I hope to inspire a movement where people take responsibility for their digital content and use digital platforms to lift up others. We can be a driving force in a world where people know that each human life is inherently valuable.
Find out more about Capsll’s equity crowdfunding campaign here on Fundify.
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