Discovering the difficult world of estates
Like many of us, we didn’t think much about end of life planning. Then our daughter was born. We wanted to ensure she was taken care of in the event of our deaths. We spent months educating ourselves and we learned that our best option was to create a trust. It was a long, cumbersome process and cost a pretty penny. We also came to realize that even though our wishes are documented, our trust wouldn’t eliminate the burden of carrying out the multitude of tasks associated with settling an estate. We didn’t want our daughter and her new guardians to be stuck with managing our estate while also dealing with a difficult transition.
Administering an estate means time away from work, travel, paperwork and detective-work. An estate plan makes the process much cleaner, but it can still take an average of 570 hours of work over the course of 16 months to complete.
Seeking a solution
Out of this frustration, we founded Tusk. We all share a common bond of grief after death. We’re building a solution to remove the burden of settling an estate. We want to bring this antiquated process into the 21st century. Made for our daughter, our family and our community.
Freedom after death
Our vision is to provide surviving family members the freedom to grieve after the death of a loved one.
A modern platform
Our Mission is to build an online platform to automate estate settlement for surviving loved ones after a death.
Laura Aiken Tett
Chief Executive Officer
Laura has a broad background in leadership, department management, scaling global operations, recruiting, people operations, data analytics, project management, film development and production and non-profit fundraising.
Four important chapters have helped shape Laura’s career. At a small independent production company in Los Angeles she learned to thrive in a scrappy office culture. A call from her mentee, who had just made the honor roll for the first time, inspired her to dive head-first into the nonprofit sector in hopes of making a deeper impact in her community. Her experience in storytelling made her quite successful in fundraising for nonprofits. After four years, she was discouraged to see a mission she felt so passionately about not adapting to today’s fast paced digital world. The personal and professional growth she craved lead her to the tech industry. This was where she learned to weave together her experiences and develop into a leader. The fourth chapter of her career began when she became a mother. In the process of creating a trust for her daughter, she was reminded of her experience in nonprofit when she discovered how antiquated the end-of-life industry operates. However, now she has the tools to solve this problem for her own family and her community.
Chief of Technology and Product
Stuart has one foot in technology and one foot in design. His varied background includes app development, engineering leadership, product design, illustration, and computer animation.
While in high school, he began designing and building websites. He also began experimenting with 3D computer graphics. His hard work earning degrees in Computer Science and Art & Design landed him a job right out of school at DreamWorks Animation. He spent 6 years making fire and other effects for films such as How To Train Your Dragon. From there he stepped into developing and designing digital products for mobile devices. He loves helping crafting great experiences that really address people’s needs.
Empathize with our customers, community, and employees
Don’t wait to be told what to do. Admit your mistakes. Imperfection is an opportunity to learn and grow. Take pride in your work and impact.
Don’t settle for the status quo. Innovate.
Build a business that lasts. We want to be here for the long haul.
Being open and clear with employees, customers, and investors leads to a trustworthy and thriving business.