Prosper: Marketing Fit
The co-founders of Prosper, an early-stage start-up offering a mobile application-based interview preparation and coaching service, were preparing a report for an upcoming meeting with private equity investors. The co-founders sought a CA$1 million seed investment and had to choose where to allocate marketing funds. Should they bias the marketing mix toward students reached via educational institutions or families, or toward professionals making a career switch? They knew that success or failure would depend on their ability to craft a compelling narrative and lay out a realistic marketing plan that would lead to an increased user base and greater revenue growth.