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Writing Proposals Sucks.
Proposify Makes it Suck Less.

That’s basically the entire inspiration for Proposify. Co­founders Kyle Racki and Kevin Springer spent years toiling over proposals as employees, freelancers, and agency owners. Long, non-billable hours of wrangling Word docs, inefficient collaborations with colleagues, frustrating searches for lost content, and Groundhog Days of printing, faxing, signing, scanning documents with clients.

Kyle, a designer by trade, and Kevin, a sales veteran, knew there had to be a better way.

In 2007, Kyle was working at a small web design firm when he had an idea. What if there was a way to make a software-as-a-service product like Basecamp, but for proposals? It would cut down on the incredible amount of time and stress agencies face producing good proposals in a timely manner. It would provide the design flexibility to make every proposal look sharp and the tools to make team collaboration smooth. The end result? Impressed clients who seal the deal.

It seemed like it could be more than just a cool idea but Kyle never thought it would see the light of day. At the time, Javascript wasn’t what it is today, and while he could design the interface, he didn’t have the technical or financial means to make it a reality.

Kevin and Kyle went on to found their own web design agency and over the years Kyle watched as other companies launched proposal software. But none of them quite matched his vision, the kind of product he would use for his own agency’s proposals.

Finally, in 2013, after much bloody prototyping, sweaty coding, and admittedly the odd tear, Kevin and Kyle sold their agency to focus 100% on developing what was to become Proposify. The tipping point? When they hired Jonathan Down as CTO, whose ninja development skills brought Proposify to life, and the support of some very early stage investors who believed in its potential.

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