Josh Melick founded Broadly.com in 2013 after leaving Intuit and Demandforce. The very simple pitch of Broadly was helping small, local businesses get better online reviews and that those online reviews would help their businesses grow. The longer pitch was around mobile CRM, easy mobile messaging and chat tools, and generally good customer communication and follow up. If small businesses had better tools, modern consumers would be better able to communicate with them and would more likely have good experiences working with them, driving business growth.
Josh's dad's construction company was the very first customer, and today the Broadly tool is used by thousands and thousands of small businesses across many different industries.
Josh led the business as CEO and product visionary for nearly six years, hiring over 200 people, raising over $30M in venture capital, and overseeing non-stop growth during his entire tenure. In 2018 Broadly was ranked as the #107th fastest growing company in the USA and the #24th fastest growing company in California.
Although Josh is no longer involved in the day-to-day, he remains bullish on the company, is the company’s largest individual shareholder, and helps or promotes Broadly.com any chance he gets. If you are a local business owner, be sure to get in touch.
MxPlay was founded by Josh and three colleagues in 2005 after departing the CIPIC Audio Research Lab at UC Davis. MxPlay licensed a patent that Josh worked on during his graduate work. The idea was to leverage 3D sound to create a more immersive and interesting music listening environment. At the time, iPods, mp3s, and growing mobile compute power were all new concepts. We were also trying to find a way to do “legal” music sharing that included the 3D customizations our users added on top of streaming music.
MxPlay built one of the first hybrid web / desktop music players and enabled social playlist sharing. MxPlay raised several million dollars in venture funding and built a decent following, but ultimately didn’t find a sustainable revenue model during those days. We sold the company to Smith Micro Software, where MxPlay’s tools were used to help build mobile phone music tools.