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Qatalog, the ‘virtual workspace’ rebundling SaaS tools to help teams function better, raises $15M – TechCrunch

Qatalog, a London-based startup that has developed a “digital workspace” that brings collectively disparate SaaS instruments to assist groups perform higher, is disclosing $15 million in Sequence A funding.

Main the spherical is European enterprise capital agency Atomico, with participation from Salesforce Ventures, and angel traders Jacob de Geer (CEO/co-founder of iZettle), Chris Hitchen (companion at Inventures, founder Getprice), and Thijn Lamers (former EVP at Adyen). As a part of the funding, Atomico partner Irina Haivas will be a part of the board.

Current traders, together with London’s Mosaic Ventures, which led Qatalog’s $3.5 million seed spherical in late 2019 whereas the corporate was nonetheless in stealth, additionally adopted on. Different backers are Taavet Hinrikus (Transferwise co-founder), Paul Forster (founder, Certainly), Ott Kaukver (former CTO, Twilio), Renaud Visage (co-founder, Eventbrite), Philipp Moehring and Andy Chung (Tiny Supercomputer), Andreas Klinger (Distant First Capital) and numerous unnamed angels from Transferwise, Deepmind and Monzo. It brings whole funding raised to $18.5 million.

Based in 2019 by Tariq Rauf, a former international product lead at Amazon, and previous to that, a head of progress at TransferWise, Qatalog goals to convey collectively the entire SaaS constructing blocks used within the fashionable office, together with Groups/Slack, Microsoft/Google Suite, Zoom, Confluence, Jira, Notion, Asana and others.

The digital workspace plugs into these numerous SaaS instruments and organises the content material and its relationships round “folks, groups and initiatives” offered and accessible by means of a single interface. By constructing what Rauf calls the “work graph,” Qatalog needs to unify office data to make it way more accessible and clear, and with the power to automate routine work and allow SaaS instruments to speak to 1 one other. In doing so, the thought is that groups can work smarter and collaborate higher all through the organisation.

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“Organizations have an limitless provide of instruments, strategies, and information to make folks extra productive and completely happy at work,” he tells me. “However these instruments create numerous chaos, wasted time, and frustration. These ache factors are exacerbated by silos of instruments and processes, and a rise in distant work”.

To resolve this, Rauf says Qatalog has constructed a “supply of fact” for the groups, initiatives and other people inside an organization and all of the “ancillary data” about them. This consists of connecting numerous instruments, places and programs, and offering extra “capabilities and options that make accessing, retrieving, sharing and coordinating work very seamless”.

In some methods, Qatalog is probably akin to a contemporary office intranet, if one had been to take a SaaS-first and ‘small items, loosely joined’ strategy. Or maybe one other approach to consider Qatalog is that SaaS instruments are particularly good at fixing one downside or a subset of associated issues, however don’t scale notably nicely when working in a vacuum or in the event that they (or customers) attempt to bolt on extra performance outdoors of their core providing. What’s wanted is a approach to re-bundle this disparate performance and the knowledge and workflows it spawns, subsequently negating the necessity for firms to hack collectively spreadsheets or “tremendous Google docs” to attempt to consolidate processes and an organization’s knowledge-base.

“We connect with [a company’s] numerous instruments, pull as a lot details about them as attainable collectively, and ask for extra data as wanted,” Rauf explains. “Customers can then search throughout their workspace and instruments from one place; create groups and initiatives and wire up all of the totally different silos into them; set trackable objectives and join them to varied instruments, folks, groups and initiatives; and construct workflows that may be assigned and tracked throughout the workforce”.

The “workflows” could be one thing as mundane because the steps required and other people concerned when reserving go away, or one thing extra concerned akin to a posh work activity. The intelligent half isn’t just the best way a workflow is created and offered, however how workflows are powered below the hood by Qatalog’s “work graph”. This reduces kind filling when linking folks, groups and SaaS instruments to totally different steps in a workflow and in addition implies that data is two-way. Full a activity inside Qatalog and data could be routinely pushed to Slack, Google Calendar and so on., and vice versa. It’s also not exhausting to see how a piece graph of this sort might allow extra automation and/or work macros to be employed in future.

Close to Qatalog’s typical buyer, Rauf says that to date the startup has discovered that firms with 50 plus folks and distributed groups have been good candidates as that’s when inside programs and ad-hoc data administration processes begin to fail. “At that time, most firms have additionally seemingly picked up 10+ instruments and are discovering data requires handbook switchboarding by folks,” he tells me.

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Steve O'Hear