It looks like Twitter can sometimes bring unexpected luck to some people willing to launch a small business. Therefore it is advisable to re-tweet whenever you see an opportunity. It was also the case of brother and sister entrepreneurs Scott and Stacey Ferreira, who recently received almost 1 million dollars from Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Colorado businessman Jerry Murdock for their startup. And that happened even before thinking to ask for fundings.
19-year-old Stacey Ferreira and her brother Scott, 21, decided to develop their own venture, MySocialCloud.com, one year ago. The internet app, which is now in beta version, is intended at helping folks to manage their internet work and securely store usernames and passwords, besides other private details.
Scott and Stacey answered to a tweet from Richard Branson to meet the British billionaire in Miami. And surprisingly, 60 days later, Branson was one of the business’s investors.
“I was taking a break from working and I decided to check my Twitter,” says Stacey, adding that she didn’t regularly check her account. When she logged on, she saw a tweet from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, who was offering a chance for people to fly to Miami and meet him for cocktails if they would donate $2,000 to his charity, Free the Children.
The Ferreiras, who originate from Scottsdale, Arizona, subscribed immediately showing their interest in attending the meeting without drinking cocktails as they were not allowed at that time (as they both were under 20). The siblings got 4000 bucks from their parents and booked their reservation.
Stacey and Scot met the billionaire at Versace mansion in Miami 2 days after his tweet.
“He just walked in the room, and we just started talking. I didn’t have time to think about being nervous,” Stacey revealed.
There were about 18 people trying to impress Branson with their projects or their life passions. “We gave him a little background on where we were from and what our service provided,” Stacey says.
After claiming Richard Branson’s contact details, the Ferreirar returned to California and stayed in contact with the wealthy man. They talked a couple of times over the phone with Murdock, a co-founder of Insight Venture Partners, a venture capital firm in New York.
Murdock traveled to L.A. in August 2011 to visit the company’s office and asked the Ferreiras many questions about themselves, the startup and their ideas. The following day, Murdock told Scott and Stacey that he and Branson would provide funds for MySocialCloud.com
Read the more about Scott&Stacey Ferreira and their MySocialCloud startup here.