Vernon Coleman, Realtime’s 23-year-old CEO, is part of the 1% of Black founders who’ve raised VC funds for his company Realtime.
Realtime, founded in 2020 in the Bay Area by Vernon Coleman and Kevin Robertson, Realtime creates a place for GenZ to socialize with old friends and meet new ones. The Realtime app allows consumers to start conversations with new people in real time via video chat. By providing an authentic social layer for GenZ online and offline, Realtime taps into the growing trend of synchronous social.
Vernon Coleman and Kevin Robinson just closed a $4 million seed round — making Coleman reportedly one of the youngest Black entrepreneurs to raise venture capital funding. Vernon Coleman, 24, founded the company with Kevin Robertson, 24 back in 2020. The pair originally saw their Realtime app as a way for college students to connect in person. But they shifted course during the pandemic, refocusing it as a social network that works a little like speed dating: It matches users based on interests for video-chat conversations.
Realtime has caught the attention of Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian; his venture firm Seven Seven Six and others have put $4 million into Realtime. “Realtime is like an intimate happy hour, where you’re able to have conversations with people, based on Coleman.