October 15, 2021
Thanks 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 want to further accelerate the strong growth and expand internationally.
Hybrid work is here to stay
The pandemic, at the latest, has shown that location-independent working works and that most employees want flexibility in where they work. deskbird's co-founder Ivan Cossu is convinced that we will work differently after the pandemic: "In the future, there will be no way around a hybrid workplace if you want to continue to attract talent as an employer. We're increasingly hearing that employees are consciously choosing to work for or against an employer because of the workplace flexibility 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 and in some cases are planning over 50% remote work among their employees - this is a sustainable change in the working world," says Ivan Cossu.
Strong sales growth within a few months
deskbird helps companies master the challenges of hybrid workplaces. Employees can use an app to see which of their colleagues go into the office and when, and book themselves a workstation 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 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 more are joining every day.
"What makes us proud are customers who come to us via referrals. That makes us extremely optimistic," Jonas Hess continues.
Session.vc gets on board
With session.vc, deskbird was able to gain a renowned VC who believes in the market and the founding team: "We are convinced that hybrid working will prevail. 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. The deskbird team will grow by about ten people to over 30 employees in the coming months. "We want to consolidate our position as category leader for Hybrid Workplace Management and develop into the leading workplace platform for modern organizations in the future," says Ivan Cossu. To this end, the next financing round is planned in the first half of 2022 as part of a Series A round to realize this vision.
deskbird offers companies a user-friendly plug-and-play software for the hybrid workplace. With deskbird, companies store their building plan and available office spaces in less than 5 minutes. Using the mobile or web app, employees can then book their favorite office space on any given day in just two clicks and see which colleagues are in the office and when. Integration with Slack, Teams and the calendar is quick and easy. Thanks to the intuitively designed user interface and the variable setup options, deskbird is one of the fastest growing SaaS startups in Europe. Since 2022, a health & safety check feature is also available in their software solution.
session.vc was founded in 2020 by Martin Altorfer and Philippe Bubb after nearly two decades of investing in and building companies together. They consider themselves fortunate to have been among the first investors in companies such as Bexio and On. There they took active roles as charimen for many years. session.vc is funded by equity as well as capital from entrepreneurs and company owners from the tech and non-tech sectors.