Due to the ongoing trend towards hybrid work, the workplace-management SaaS startup is growing significantly faster than planned. With the expansion of the seed round and the entry of session.vc, the two founders Ivan Cossu and Jonas Hess aim to further accelerate the strong growth and expand internationally.
Hybrid work has come to stay
At the latest, the pandemic has shown that working location-independently works and that most employees are looking for flexibility in their choice of workplace. deskbird's co-founder Ivan Cossu is convinced that we will work differently after the pandemic: «In future, there will be no way around a hybrid workplace if employers want to continue to attract talents. We're increasingly hearing that employees are making a conscious decision to work for or against an employer because of the flexibility of the workplace on offer.»
This development does not seem to stop at traditional companies: «Even conservative companies, where home office was hardly possible before the pandemic, are now switching to a hybrid work model. In some cases, these companies are planning for more than 50% remote work among their employees -this is a sustainable change in the working world,» says Ivan Cossu.
Strong revenue growth within a few months
deskbird helps companies to master the challenges of hybrid workplaces. Employees can use the app to see which of their colleagues will go to the office and when, and book themselves a workplace on days when they come into the office themselves. «With deskbird, we have developed a workplace-management solution that is designed for maximum user-friendliness and collaboration. Employees can choose between mobile apps, a web app or use it via MS Teams and Slack. Setting up the solution takes less than 5 minutes, as we are fully integrated with existing IT systems,» says co-founder and CPO Jonas Hess.
Since June 2021, hybrid companies around the world have been able to use deskbird and demand seems to be high: over 20,000 employees are already using the solution and hundreds are joining every day. «What makes us proud are customers who come to us through referrals. That makes us extremely optimistic,» Jonas Hess continues.
deskbird is growing faster than planned. With session.vc on board we plan to push our product further. Learn more about it in this article...
session.vc joins in
With session.vc, deskbird was able to win a well-known VC who believes in the market and the founding team: «We are convinced that hybrid working will become prevalent. That's why we are happy to actively shape the new way of working together with Ivan and Jonas!», says Philippe Bubb, founder and partner.
With the additional capital from the seed round expansion, deskbird will further develop the software solution and invest in international growth. «We want to consolidate our position as category leader for Hybrid Workplace Management and evolve into the leading workplace platform for modern organizations in the future,» says Ivan Cossu. To achieve this, a larger round of financing is planned in the first half of 2022 to make this vision become a reality.
deskbird offers a plug-and-play software for companies that work hybrid. Employees can check via app which colleagues are coming to the office and book a workplace with two clicks. The software is fully integrated with existing IT systems and can be set up within five minutes. The remote-first team, based in St.Gallen, Switzerland, currently employs around 20 people from more than 10 countries.
session.vc was founded in 2020 by Martin Altorfer and Philippe Bubb after nearly two decades of investing in and building companies together. They are fortunate to have been among the first investors in companies such as Bexio and On. There, they undertook active roles as chairmen for many years. session.vc is funded by equity and capital from entrepreneurs and company owners in the tech and non-tech sectors.
Ivan Cossu / Co-founder & CEO / email@example.com / +41 78 751 30 22.