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Heroic Public Benefit Corporation

We’re building a platform that trains heroes


Founder/CEO has raised $10M+, built and sold 2 market-leading social platforms
Partnered with MetaLab (built Slack, Uber Eats, etc.) to build world-class Heroic Training Platform
Uniquely positioned to create an answer to The Social Dilemma
We believe we are in a position to make history with the largest crowdfunding round ever
Optimize has served tens of thousands of premium members from nearly every country in the world
3,000+ Optimizers from 90+ countries in Optimize Coach program, launch 2 years ago
Leading well-being research lab says: Optimize Mastery Series scientifically proven to change lives

Our Founder

We believe we can change the world by helping people be the best, most Heroic versions of themselves.

Hi, This is Brian Johnson. 👋

I’m the Founder and CEO of Heroic Public Benefit Corporation.

I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about Heroic. I’d like to give you a quick overview of the biz as we currently see it. We have two versions: The Short Story and The Longer Story. Let's start with...

The Short Story

We're building a social training platform to help people be the best, most Heroic versions of themselves.

Unlike most social platforms that are designed to increase user engagement (so they can make more money via advertising), Heroic is designed to effectively and measurably change people's lives. We aim to leverage the best of social technology and leave the worst behind. (Think: An answer to The Social Dilemma.)

We’ve partnered with MetaLab (they built Slack, Uber Eats, and Elon Musk’s new business Neuralink) to build our Heroic Social Training Platform. 

btw: Here's how MetaLab captured the essence of what we're creating with our Heroic Training Platform:

The Longer Story

Now for the longer story... We'll start at the top with the current status of our $11M Seed fundraising efforts then we’ll talk about the use of funds, our plans to acquire my existing business Optimize, our partnership with MetaLab to build our Heroic Training Platform, and my background, etc.


First, I'd like to start with a question...

Training Heroes

Do you happen to know what the word hero means? 

It’s an ancient Greek word. Etymologically, the word hero doesn’t mean “killer of bad guys” or “tough guy” or anything like that it. It means “PROTECTOR." 

A hero has strength for two. And, very importantly, a hero is willing to do the HARD work to HAVE that strength for two. 

And, do you know what the secret weapon of the ancient hero was? 


It’s LOVE that fuels our commitment to DO that hard work to HAVE the strength for two. It’s LOVE that gives us the Courage to be willing to act in the presence of fear. It's LOVE that gives us the Self-Mastery to do what needs to get done whether we feel like it or not.

We believe that our world needs heroes Today more than ever before. 

Quite simply: We need YOU to be a hero. 

We created Heroic Public Benefit Corporation to help train and connect and lead a virtuous army of heroes who can, literally, change the world.

The Heroic Fundraise

We originally planned to raise $5M as we made history with the first $5M financing via a Wefunder Reg CF round.

The response from our Optimize community to the initial invitation letter we sent out at the end of 2020 (read that letter here) was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to raise a total of up to $11M.

We raised $1M via a convertible note we closed at the end of 2020. In addition to this $5M Reg CF round, we’re also in the process of closing another $5M via Reg D 506(c) at the same terms of the Reg CF round with accredited investors who are investing $100k+ (we already have ~$4M committed in that fundraising).

We intend to make history on March 15th--the first day the Federal government will allow $5M of capital to be invested by everyday people in a startup like ours. 

We plan to make history with Heroic Public Benefit Corporation. And then, much more importantly, we plan to do the hard work to change the course of history.

Moonshots + Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

Our unabashedly ambitious moonshot goal is one we've borrowed from Martin Seligman and his colleagues. When they launched the Positive Psychology movement in the year 2000, they said they wanted to help create a world in which 51% of the world's population was flourishing by the year 2051.

The first time I heard that I thought, "Wow. The audacity!!"

I have now dedicated my life to playing my role as well as I possibly can to help create a world in which 51% of our population is flourishing by the year 2051. 

This is my personal obsession and this is our ultimate moonshot Mission with Heroic: 

51% by 2051

Note1: If you ever find my phone, here's the password to unlock it: 512051

btw: The other, nearer-term big, hairy, audacious goal we have set for ourselves is making our Heroic Training Platform so good that it is worthy of serving 100 million people--with 10 million of those people paying $10/mo to help them express the best, most Heroic versions of themselves. 

Note2: Obviously, that's a very ambitious target. It's also the napkin math required to hit $1 Billion+ of annual revenue. 🎯

(To put it in perspective, Headspace (the meditation app) has had 60+ million app downloads with 2 million paying subscribers. btw: They've also raised over $200M in capital.)

Note3: Jeff Bezos has said (highly recommend Invent and Wander, btw) that his aim when he created Amazon Prime was that he wanted to make it such a *great* deal that it would be, and I quote, "irresponsible" of someone *not* to be a Prime member.

I like that as a standard. I want our Heroic Training Platform to be SO GOOD at helping you flourish and to be so scientifically proven to help you become more Energized, Productive and Connected (to your highest self and others) that it would be IRRESPONSIBLE *not* to use it.

Use of Funds

Although there are a lot of exciting opportunities for us, our focus is on building the Heroic training platform. We’re also excited about the possible opportunity to acquire Optimize.

Note1: The $11M Seed round will give us enough capital to create significant value over the next two years during which time we intend to create major proof points such that we are in a position to raise significant additional funds at a significant step up in valuation.

Note2: We have discussed all of this in detail in a number of Heroic Founding Investor Zoom chats. You can check them all out here. If you only have time to watch one (they tend to go long with q&a!), I encourage you to watch the last one for my latest thinking.

Back to the use of funds chat...

Build the Heroic Training Platform

First, we will be creating the Heroic Training Platform. This will be our answer to The Social Dilemma. Think: A social training platform that helps people become the best, most Heroic versions of themselves.

As I like to say: Imagine Facebook without the Facebook. World-class social tools but with a business that’s focused on helping you flourish rather than hacking your brain stem to drive ad revenue. We’ll be in the Well-being Economy not the Attention Economy.

Note: If you haven’t watched The Social Dilemma yet, I highly recommend it. (Especially if you have kids!)

Then, combine that social platform with a training platform that helps people actually engage in the behaviors they know are best for them. As we like to say in our work at Optimize, we need to move from Theory to Practice to Mastery.

Helping you become the best, most Heroic version of yourself is what the Heroic Training Platform will be all about.

As we already briefly discussed, our fierce commitment with Heroic is to help create a world in which 51% of the world’s population is flourishing by the year 2051. We believe our Heroic Training Platform can play a significant role in helping create that world.

Practically speaking, we are building out our internal team and partnering with MetaLab—the world’s leading product design agency—to create a truly world-class, culture-changing platform.

MetaLab has built hundreds of products that have been used by billions of people. For example, they designed Slack. And, when Uber was already Uber, they went to MetaLab to have them design Uber Eats. When Elon Musk’s new business Nueralink needed the best team in the world to design *their* app, who did they go to? MetaLab.

Which is why the first thing I said in my first chat with the guy who runs MetaLab was: “You guys are the best in world. You’re our #1 choice for a partner. There is no #2. To the extent you’re excited to partner with us, we’re in.”

Over 1,000 companies pitch MetaLab to build their products every year. They go with 40 of the “highest potential” companies. We are honored and fired up to be one of them.

We’re excited to be partnering with MetaLab. We’re even more excited that they believe so much in Heroic that they will be investing a portion of their fees in equity at the same terms of this Reg CF here at Wefunder.

Acquire + Grow Optimize

Second, we are excited to explore the acquisition of my existing business Optimize.

Optimize is a strong business and brand. We believe it has the potential to become an even stronger business and brand. Optimize now features 1,000+ Optimize +1s, 500+ PhilosophersNotes, and 50 Optimal Living 101 classes. We have served individuals from nearly every country in the world with our Core membership program and over 3,000 Optimizers from 91 countries have signed up for our Optimize Coach program—which has been scientifically proven to change lives.

The Core wisdom membership and Coach training program will remain the cornerstones of this business. We are also excited to expand our Corporate efforts as we continue to execute on our impact strategy to fulfill its potential. Our ambitious targets remain clear: 1 million+ Optimizers and 100,000+ Optimize Coaches by the end of this decade.

Here's a little video capturing some of the power of the Optimize program:

Note: One of the reasons why we have had such a positive response from our community with our crowdfunding is because Optimize has truly helped people change their lives and our community of Optimizing-Heroes is inspired to co-create a movement such that we can fulfill our Mission to change the world, one person at a time, TOGETHER, starting with you and me, TODAY.

See 1,500+ responses to the question "Why are you excited to invest in Heroic?" here and another 500+ notes on Wefunder here.

Details-wise: The terms of any acquisition of Optimize are not agreed, and we still need to determine the details of any such acquisition and get the required shareholder consent. However, if we are able to execute on our plan to acquire Optimize, we intend to come out of pocket ~$2M in cash in the process of merging Optimize into Heroic for $11.3M of cash and stock. We would give our existing accredited investors (who include a former CEO of AOL and other leading investors along with friends and family), the option to either cash out their shares or roll them over into Heroic. If the Optimize acquisition closes, we anticipate giving our unaccredited investors cash for their stock and the opportunity to invest in this Reg CF round. The precise amount is contingent on our ability to  acquire Optimize and therefore would be determined after our closing but our preliminary plans are to use around $2M of capital for this acquisition.

Note: The $11.3M price is a 1.2x step up from our last round of financing. We arrived at this price based on the recommendation of financier advisors who are existing investors in Optimize and who also made new investments in Heroic.

(Jon Miller, the former CEO of AOL and now partner at TPG, has indicated he would choose to roll over his Optimize shares into Heroic in the event the two merge, and he has already invested additional capital into Heroic.)

A Bit More About the Founder/CEO

We should probably spend a moment or two on my background.

Briefly: I’ve spent half of the last twenty years as a Founder/CEO and the other half as a Philosopher. As a Founder/CEO I’ve raised $10M+ and built and sold two market-leading social platforms. As a Philosopher, I’ve created over 600 PhilosophersNotes and the Optimize protocol which has been scientifically proven to change lives.

With Heroic, I’m bringing all of that together. I feel that creating and leading our Heroic movement is *precisely* what I have spent my life training for. (In fact, I just got tears in my eyes typing that.)

You can learn more about me and my background and my philosophical approach (and some more details on the scientific data showing our protocol works) by checking out the introduction to my book called You Are a Hero: Here's Your Training Manual. (Here's the PDF.)

We originally planned to release that in 2021 but now plan to do so in 2022 when we officially release the Heroic Training Platform.

Note: Our community has already committed to buying 10,000+ copies to help us launch as a #1 New York Times bestseller. You can check out some of their kind words and why they’re so excited about the book in the introduction.

Note2: You can also read the foreword by Phil Stutz in the PDF as well. Phil is my coach. I’ve worked with him every week for years. He's the author of my all-time favorite book called The Tools and another great book called Coming Alive

btw1: Here's my Top 3 favorite books of all-time series.

btw2: Phil's other clients include Jonah Hill and Joaquin Phoenix who are doing a Netflix documentary on Phil that will be coming out later this year.

Here's a little snippet from Phil's foreword: 

Note: In many ways, the initial phase of the Heroic Training Platform will be focused on distilling this training program into a world-class Social + Training platform app. Once we get it right with me as the first "Guide" we plan to scale to include a LOT of other world-class teachers and their practical wisdom to help us be the change so we can change the world together. 

Let's Change the World Together

As I describe at the end of the Heroic Vison-pitch video (at the top of this page), I am committed to creating Heroic Relationships. For one simple reason: This is the *only* way we're going to be able to change the world together. 

I'm honored that you're considering forming a Heroic partnership with me and our Team by investing in Heroic Public Benefit Corporation. We have a lot of work to do to achieve our ambitious goals and I fiercely commit to doing everything in my power to make you proud to be a Founding Investor in our Heroic movement.

With Wisdom + Self-Mastery + Courage + Love I say: Heroes Unite!!!