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Garbo - a new kind of online background check

Garbo is on a mission to proactively prevent gender-based crimes in the digital age with our new kind of online background check.

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Campaign Ends on February 28, 2021

Project Description

 

When was the last time you trusted a stranger? 

From finding love to finding a ride, we’re connecting with more strangers than ever before. The digital age has transformed the way we meet and interact with each other. 

The problem?

We have no way of knowing who we’re meeting online. 

We have no way of knowing if they have a history of violence.

We have no way of knowing if they're likely to harm us.

We have no way of knowing who we’re putting our safety in the hands of. 

 

Garbo is a new kind of online background check designed for the digital age. We enable anyone to see if someone has a history of violence - ideally before the first meeting. 

 

 

Garbo aggregates billions of public records and reports and provides free, transparent access to this information in a matter of minutes. To search on Garbo, all a user needs is a first name and phone number. 

What kind of data do we have on the platform?

  • Arrests
  • Warrants
  • Convictions
  • Civil cases
  • EEOC lawsuits (sexual harassment, etc) 

 

Today, Garbo is currently available in New York City. We are raising funds to help us expand into ten new cities including Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. 

To expand into these cities, we have to acquire data - which is a majority of our expenses. Each background check search costs Garbo approximately $2.00 in data and service fees. Your gracious donation goes to paying these costs so we can continue to keep the platform free for all of our users. 

Each donation enables us to:

  • Acquire public records and reports in each city
  • Reach out to the most vulnerable populations
  • Hire engineers and data scientists

Kathryn Kosmides is the founder and CEO of Garbo. She found Garbo after experiencing the legal system as a victim of domestic violence. Over the last two years, she’s spent over $150,000 fighting her abuser. She made it her mission to make sure no one becomes a victim - not only of gender-based violence, but also of the legal system. 

She is a longtime entrepreneur and activist who has worked with some of the fastest growing venture-backed startups to launch and scale their sales and marketing. 

We appreciate your support of Garbo. If you have any questions about this campaign or Garbo in general, please reach out to hello@garbo.io and we'll get right back to you.

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Garbo?

Garbo is a new kind of online background check that enables anyone to see if someone has a history of violence before a first meeting. 

Why is Garbo a nonprofit?

Garbo believes public records should be easily accessible and free. 

Can I get a donation receipt?

Garbo is a 501c3 nonprofit - meaning your contribution is tax deductible. If you would like a donation receipt, please reach out to hello@garbo.io

 

 

01/20/2021
Monetary Contribution
$1
Angela
12/25/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Priyanka Arya
12/23/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
Rachel Lebby
12/17/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
Kathryn Kosmides
12/16/2020
Monetary Contribution
$1,215
12/14/2020
Monetary Contribution
$5
Kiamber Staples
12/10/2020
Safety First
$25
Shruthi Jayaram
12/06/2020
Early Access
$100
Marjan Tabari
12/02/2020
Early Access
$100
Tamica
12/02/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Monetary Contribution

Your support means the world to us!

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25.00 USD
Safety First

Your generous donation enables us to provide a dozen free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive: 

  • Donor wall mention
  • Cat keychain for protection
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100.00 USD
Early Access

Your generous donation enables us to provide a dozen free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive: 

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout

 

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250.00 USD
Founder's Circle

Your generous donation enables us to provide 125 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Invite to launch party in new city (Details TBD)

 

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500.00 USD
Bronze

Your generous donation enables us to provide 250 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Invite to launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog feature
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1,000.00 USD
Silver

Your generous donation enables us to provide 500 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog feature with 1 backlink
  • Virtual coffee with founding team members

 

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5,000.00 USD
Gold

Your generous donation enables us to provide 2,500 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog feature with 1 backlink
  • Podcast feature
  • In-person lunch with Kathryn (Details TBD)
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10,000.00 USD
Platinum

Your generous donation enables us to provide 5,000 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog post with 1 backlink
  • Podcast feature 
  • In-person dinner for up to 5 people (Details TBD)

Other details can be discussed. 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Your support means the world to us!

9 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Safety First

Your generous donation enables us to provide a dozen free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive: 

  • Donor wall mention
  • Cat keychain for protection
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5 Supporters
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100.00 USD
Early Access

Your generous donation enables us to provide a dozen free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive: 

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout

 

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7 Supporters
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250.00 USD
Founder's Circle

Your generous donation enables us to provide 125 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Invite to launch party in new city (Details TBD)

 

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2 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Bronze

Your generous donation enables us to provide 250 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Invite to launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog feature
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1,000.00 USD
Silver

Your generous donation enables us to provide 500 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog feature with 1 backlink
  • Virtual coffee with founding team members

 

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5,000.00 USD
Gold

Your generous donation enables us to provide 2,500 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog feature with 1 backlink
  • Podcast feature
  • In-person lunch with Kathryn (Details TBD)
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0 Supporters
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10,000.00 USD
Platinum

Your generous donation enables us to provide 5,000 free background checks. 

With this reward you'll receive:

  • Donor wall mention
  • Social media shoutout
  • Early access
  • Launch party in new city (Details TBD)
  • Blog post with 1 backlink
  • Podcast feature 
  • In-person dinner for up to 5 people (Details TBD)

Other details can be discussed. 

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