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Our Inspiration

Remember the days when verification was simple? We all shopped at the mall, and if you wanted a student discount, all you had to do was show your student ID to the cashier. It turns out it’s much harder to show a student ID to a computer or a smartphone.

To complicate matters further, the world wide web and social media made it possible for millions of potential customers to discover exclusive offers (yay!) and try to redeem them regardless of whether or not they actually qualified (boo).

To address the growing problem of discount abuse, organizations either turned a blind eye and relied on the “honor system” or devised convoluted systems of their own that usually required .edu email addresses or fax machines. Marketers were forbidden to advertise exclusive promotions or forced to hide them on secret landing pages to prevent deep discounts from going viral.

Percentage of SheerID employees that believe:

SheerID was named after David Shear, but he spelled his name
wrong on the business cards by mistake and just went with it.
Chocolate covered mango slices count as a “healthy” break room snack.0%
Our corporate colors are orange and green because orange
furniture was on sale at IKEA when we opened our first office.
SheerID started out as three hippies in a shoebox.0%

Fraud declined, but so did conversion rates because these methods created a terrible customer experience. Faced with the choice of margin erosion or abandoned shopping carts, many businesses decided to only offer exclusive discounts in-store, much to the dismay of the customers they intended to honor.

The heroes of our story, our co-founders- Jake, Marci, and David- recognized the problem that retailers were facing and set out to develop a solution that made verification simple again, no matter where customers shopped.

Our Company History

While we still can’t confirm whether or not SheerID’s “three hippies in a shoebox” origin story is fact or folklore, it is indisputable that SheerID is now the leading provider of point-of-sale eligibility verification for some of the biggest brands on the planet. Here’s how we got to where we are today:

  • SheerID is founded to verify the eligibility of college students and military.
  • Charnelton office opens in Eugene, Oregon with 10 employees.
  • K-12 teacher verification is launched.
  • SheerID hires an Oregon-based call center to handle increased volume.
  • First responder verification is launched.
  • Alumni verification is launched.
  • 14M veteran records are added to verification data.
  • Secured a $5.3M investment round led by Voyager Capital.
  • SheerID expands to open Portland office.
  • SheerID adds ProDeal and Employee verification.
  • To be continued

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