Groove Capital Blog

Ask a Founder: Jazz Hampton

Sayuj Suresh

17 March 2022

The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 made many of us rethink racism and its prevalence in our day-to-day lives. Tragically, the most basic interactions with law enforcement can sometimes turn deadly. TurnSignl, a Minnesota-based tech company, is alleviating this problem by connecting attorneys to provide real-time legal guidance for drivers in a traffic stop, all while their camera records the interaction.

Groove Capital was fortunate to back this team shortly after starting their fundraise in 2021. Though early, Jazz felt they had great support from the community from beginning—with a specific shout out to Twin Ignition, who introduced TurnSignl to Groove. Groove invested in TurnSignl in the early stages of their fundraising process, which Jazz used as a credibility point when pitching to potential investors. 

“Introductions to the community have been the most valuable part for us,” said Jazz. 

In addition to financial capital, Groove introduced TurnSignl to its network of angel investors. That introduction established a connection between Jazz and Lynn, an angel, with Groove whose involvement extends beyond a simple check. Leveraging her expertise in cloud systems, Lynn offered the Turnsignl team specific ways enhance their digital offering with various cloud services. 

Turnsignl is excited about the change they are actively bringing to the Minneapolis community, and so are we!

Sayuj Suresh

Sayuj is a student at the University of Minnesota, majoring in biochemistry. He is also an Analyst at Atland Ventures where he is passionate about helping early-stage founders. Sayuj is an entrepreneur having launched two startups. During his biochemistry lectures, he loves watching videos about building startups and healthcare systems. In his free time, he likes to cook, eat, and rock climb.

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