Elemental Foundry co-founders John Pollard and Shree Madhavapeddi also founded Jott in 2006. 

John Pollard and Shree Madhavapeddi, former Microsoft managers who founded a voice-to-text service called Jott seven years ago, have raised $1 million for a new startup called Elemental Foundry.

The co-founders, who sold Jott to Nuance Communications in 2009, just recently completed the $1 million seed round. The SEC filing notes prominent Seattle angel Rudy Gadre as an investor.

Here’s the description on the company’s Angel.co page:

We are redefining how groups in a massive, passionate vertical market self-organize, communicate, and create content. We are focusing on one vertical initially, but the group characteristics apply to other markets as well. The product will be mobile and web.

On the same Angel.co page, Debra Somberg, a Managing Partner at The Alster Group who was formerly with Maveron, wrote this:

I believe there is a fascinating untapped opportunity in the loyal, engaged and invested sports audience, particularly at the junior level. In conjunction with the opportunity, this management team has the creativity, drive and experience to create a compelling product and business model to take advantage of it. I look forward to working with them to create something special for the marketplace.

Other employees include co-founder Ramesh Vyaghrapuri, and founding engineers Mark Bertoglio and Matthew Fay. The company, based in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, is hiring a designer and engineer.

We’ve reached out to Elemental Foundry to find out more, and will update as soon as we hear back.

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  • Aaron Bird

    Congrats Shree & John! Super smart guys, I can’t wait to hear more.

  • http://blog.findwell.com Kevin Lisota

    For some reason, I anticipated Shree’s next move would be a cooking show on cable TV called “Cooking with Shree.” Oh wait, I guess that’s already been done.

  • Christopher Mascis

    Congrats, John. I’m sticking with my prediction from dinner last week. :)

  • http://www.realself.com/ Tom Seery

    Looking forward to the big reveal. Congrats John

  • bakerhood

    Sounds somewhat like FanCred at first blush — per the short description above. Look forward to learning more about it.

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