This younger founder is on a mission to convey individuals nearer to God with a tech platform.
Juan Acosta is the founder and CEO of Tabella, a free social app for Catholic communities to digitally hook up with their church buildings.
Acosta describes Tabella because the “Nextdoor of faith.” Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Acosta launched the social app in 2019 after deciding it was time to place his abilities and expertise behind his religion. Customers can be a part of ministry teams, hook up with their parishes, create and handle occasions, and faucet into an array of Catholic content material from articles to podcasts, audio prayers, and movies.
“I need to convey the world nearer to God,” Acosta instructed Lifewire. “We’re a social app for religion communities to develop nearer collectively and of their religion.
Acosta is a Latino immigrant who first broke into entrepreneurship when he was pressured to drop out of secondary faculty as a consequence of monetary causes and well being hardships at dwelling. He was at all times eager about science and robotics and even entered a contest in highschool the place he constructed a bionic hand managed by brainwaves. He went on to review aerospace engineer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College. Acosta was poised to turn out to be a robotics maven, however that each one modified when his father fell ailing and Acosta moved dwelling to assist his household.
After working totally different jobs, Acosta began working his means up the chain at an entrepreneurship accelerator known as Draper College. Acosta was the accelerator’s entrepreneur in residence in 2016 earlier than being promoted to chief working officer in 2018. He held this position till 2020 when he started dedicating himself full-time to Tabella.
“I began working odd jobs and saying sure to alternatives,” Acosta stated.
Acosta launched Tabella when religion communities known as for contemporary options to maintain them related. The social app connects clergymen, church go-ers, religion believers, and ministry leaders in new methods. Establishments can rapidly replace communities on occasions, mass occasions and adjustments, and extra. Tabella can also handle financial donations for establishments.
Acosta did not share specifics about how a lot funding Tabella has raised, however he stated the corporate had secured early investments from Silicon Valley traders and enterprise capitalists, together with Ignite XL, Manila Angels, Verve Capital, and extra. Tabella’s CEO stated he and his crew had tons of of Zoom calls with traders earlier than locking down some funds.
“I recorded video pitches in order that they actually bought to see my vitality and that I wasn’t simply one other pitch deck of their inbox,” he stated.
Facet observe, should you’re questioning what Tabella means, it is a Latin phrase that interprets to writing pill, image, or small board. Acosta shared in a weblog put up that he selected this phrase to signify his firm as a result of it has Latin origin and represents the app’s function of serving to Catholic communities write and talk with one another. By the best way, he spent hours trying by a Latin dictionary earlier than reaching the T part and discovering Tabella.
Tabella has a crew of eight full-timers, all of that are Latinos and Latinas. The corporate is presently trying to fill a few roles, together with a front-end engineer and digital advertising specialist. Acosta stated he is desperate to develop his crew as Tabella focuses on increasing to extra customers.
Relating to rising a tech startup as a Latino founder and CEO, Acosta sees this as a plus.
“It has been an enormous benefit over rivals as our model understands the Hispanic inhabitants the very best, which is one in every of our goal demographics,” he stated.
Acosta’s most rewarding accomplishment as an entrepreneur has been going from a flower store supply driver to turning into a COO of a number one entrepreneurial accelerator in just a few quick years, to now main his tech startup. He did not envision this could be the life he’d be dwelling, however he is leaning into it confidently.
Acosta finally desires Tabella to be the main tech answer for Catholic communities and establishments. Apart from hiring, he is additionally trying to broaden the Tabella app to extra communities, safe extra funding, and turn out to be a champion and mentor for different Latino founders.