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Chelsey Roney

Co-Founder at Proxi

Chelsey Roney brings her business-building and strategy experience to Proxi, where she serves as COO and leads a team of 5, growing the business through sales and marketing. After graduating from Texas A&M, Chelsey joined Boeing where she worked in financial planning and analysis and Microsoft where she worked in a demand center that focused on B2B omnichannel marketing. She grew and sold two businesses: a SaaS business in the University space, and a local services business. Chelsey is also an active member of her community, dedicated parent, and passionate supporter of women and business.

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Chelsey Roney

Co-Founder at Proxi

Chelsey Roney brings her business-building and strategy experience to Proxi, where she serves as COO and leads a team of 5, growing the business through sales and marketing. After graduating from Texas A&M, Chelsey joined Boeing where she worked in financial planning and analysis and Microsoft where she worked in a demand center that focused on B2B omnichannel marketing. She grew and sold two businesses: a SaaS business in the University space, and a local services business. Chelsey is also an active member of her community, dedicated parent, and passionate supporter of women and business.

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“The idea, said the Proxi founders, is to create an alternative to Google Maps, Yelp or Trip Advisor by offering maps from trusted sources to help people navigate their way to curated destinations. Proxi doesn’t require users to download an app and maps can be dropped into sites already built by map creators.”

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“Proxi, a platform for users to make and share custom maps, just raised $1.2m to build a mobile app and new features. But it all started with trick-or-treating.

Co-founders Melinda Haughey and Chelsey Roney are 2 Seattle moms and self-described “business nerds” who met at Texas A&M a decade ago.

Roney’s background is in marketing and startups, while Haughey is a former US intelligence analyst with a background in spatial mapping.”

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“The idea for the company stemmed from Proxi co-founder Melinda Haughey’s crowdsourced map for trick-or-treating that went viral in 2020. Amid the global pandemic, Haughey, an engineer with a background in intelligence, wanted to figure out where people had set up candy shoots so trick-or-treating could be done by her child safely in the neighborhood.”

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Timeline

Oct 2020 - Present

Proxi

Co-Founder

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Oct 2020 - Present

May 2015 - Dec 2020

Microsoft

Business Program Manager

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May 2015 - Dec 2020

Jun 2011 - Feb 2018

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Co-Founder

Jun 2011 - Feb 2018

Jan 2012 - May 2015

Boeing

Financial Analyst

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Jan 2012 - May 2015

Ask me

How to hone in on a target audience for your business.
Anything about early stage business building - I've started businesses from bootstrapped, debt financed and venture backed positions.
About defining appropriate marketing strategies and channels for your business.
About taking the plunge - what to know before leaving a corporate environment.
Why we chose to start Proxi.
Why we chose Techstars as an accelerator program.

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