-A guest post by our founder, Barry Shore. –
The morning of September 17, 2004, started like many other days for me. At 55, I had just returned from a trip overseas with my 17-year-old son. Despite waking up physically strong, by the end of the day, I would be a quadriplegic, unable to move anything except my head—left to right.
In the morning I was standing up, and in the evening, I was in the hospital paralyzed from my neck down. Later, I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. For 4 and a half months I remained in various hospitals and had a hospital bed in my own home for 2 years.
I couldn’t turn over by myself and used a wheelchair for 4 years. I had braces on both legs—from my hips down to my ankles—for more than a year. It’s safe to say that I came out of the other-side completely changed (how could you not), with a different perspective on what we might do with our time left on Earth.
I was changed in this way.
I realized the importance of giving instead of taking and shifted my vision to give back. To accomplish this, I founded DLYTED, a fundraising platform that enables causes to raise money by harnessing the retail spending power of their supporters using electronic gift cards.
I’m extremely excited to announce that my business, Dlyted is now accepting investors through Start Engine.
We give people the ability raise money for their most important causes. It’s easy because they do it by spending at their already-favorite retailers. One thing to keep in mind? We are not in the gift card business, we are in the philanthropy business, and are transforming the giving experience. With your investment, you can help put the fun back in fundraising.
A little about Dlyted:
DLYTED was founded to make giving an easy, effortless, everyday experience. We offer electronic gift cards from over 500 retailers, creating a seamless way to raise money for a meaningful cause just by shopping. With every purchase made, users accumulate donations that they can disperse to their favorite nonprofit. Even better?
Each cause immediately earns up to 30% the moment consumers purchase their gift cards. With DLYTED everybody wins. Brands benefit by a closer connection with their users, gaining from the “halo effect” of simplified giving. Causes win by gaining more donors and more money. Users win by being able to give at no additional cost.
As Uber transforms Transportation
And AirBnB transforms Hospitality
So DLYTED transforms Giving
Gift cards are a multi-hundred billion dollar industry and growing.
We identified the trend that people, especially millennials, are increasingly using eGift cards for regular spending. The DLYTED platform is super easy to use and is accessible by any web enabled device.
Our goal at DLYTED is to facilitate the giving of $1 billion over the next five years. DLYTED is an umbrella of philanthropy with unlimited potential. People, especially fast paced and smart millennials, are always making purchases online. So why not give money to something you care about at no extra cost? Now is the time to transform the fundraising process to make a hugely beneficial impact in the world.
So far, we have worked with powerful executives and investors connected with Google and Fortune 500 companies.
Our top three goals are to…
- Continue to attract top talent
- Reach a magic number of 10,000 monthly users
- Integrate 3 easy-to-use fundraising modalities
You are cordially invited to join this movement to transform the giving process.
Together, we can make an impact.
And because you read this far (thank you for your interest!), I’d love to give you $5 worth of FREE STOCK to any business of your choice – Google, Amazon, Tesla, you name it.