With €3.5M funding, this hot startup from Denmark wants to become a world leader in solving infrastructure hassles in private offices

Managing an office can be a hassle at times, especially if you’re a startup. Notably, remembering birthdays, planning seasonal events or handling emergencies. Copenhagen-based startup Good Monday aims to make the office management job easier for you with their digital platform.

Easiest workspace management platform

Mik Strøyberg, CEO and founder of Good Monday spoke to Silicon Canals recently and says, “So far, offices have been running without a centralised system for office management. Price transparency, flexibility, overview, and digitalisation have not typically been words connected to the B2B Office Service Industry. The industry has been closer related to lack of price transparency, overview, and long termination periods on all office services.” 

He further explains, “We have built an easy to use Workspace Management platform that brings together all office services, contracts, contacts, and invoicing, bundling all communication.”

Raises €3.5M, plans expansion in London

Founded in May 2018 by Mik Strøyberg, Good Monday is a digital office management system taking care of all office related needs.

After recently raising $ 4 million (€3.5 million) funding from London-based VC, firstminute Capital as lead investor and with participation from existing investors Creandum, Seed Capital, and Preseed Ventures — Go Monday now plans to expand in London. Further, the company also aims to fuel product development, and accelerate the mission to change the way companies run their offices. 

Strøyberg says, “We will use the investment to conquer the London office market and further position us as the leading Workspace Management Platform. We also plan to accelerate the development of our platform in 2020.” 

So, how does it work?

Good Monday has built a Workspace Management Platform with an integrated marketplace of office services. This includes everything from cleaning, coffee, and lunch to employee benefits such as gifts, flowers, birthday cakes, and yoga. The platform gives companies full flexibility and provides a complete economic overview of how the office is run. In other words, Good Monday has taken the infrastructure from co-working, made it digital, and injected it into private offices.

Helping companies during COVID-times

During COVID-19, companies all over the world have been forced to cut costs and make sure everything runs as efficiently and flexibly as possible. 

That’s why – according to Strøyberg – the platform has only become more relevant. “The crisis has been a challenge, of course. We all know the horrible things the virus has brought and continues to bring, but as a business, we very quickly saw some light in the dark. We decided to focus our energy and efforts on how to help people and companies shut down their offices the best way possible and maybe more importantly, how to get back the best and safest way possible. This worked extremely well for us, and we have learned that our platform is actually more or less built for situations like this one,” he reveals. 

A headache-free office environment?

So far, Good Monday has been operating in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with more than 150 companies on the client list – ranging from tech startups to embassies and law firms – it’s now time to take on a new market: London. 

The vision for the Danish startup is to become the world’s leading Workspace Management Platform. At the first stop on that international journey, the London office is set up with five employees and multiple clients are already on board. 

Making the international expansion financially possible is primarily the UK early-stage VC firstminute Capital, led by Brent Hoberman. According to Hoberman, who’s also the founder of Lastminute.com, Good Monday is a unique player when it comes to changing the way an office is run. 

“COVID-19 has changed the office space as we know it. As lockdown eases, it will be more important than ever for office environments to offer something compelling enough to compete with the benefits of working from home. Such services – that help build a strong office culture and a more productive work environment – are the types of services that Good Monday’s marketplace unlocks,” says Brent Hoberman, co-founder and Executive Chairman at firstminute Capital.

“Good Monday taps into the same zeitgeist as co-working spaces, offering companies a headache-free office environment, but with a radically more sustainable and capital-efficient business model. We’re proud to back team Good Monday as they expand internationally to make office operations smoother, more transparent, and fun,” he continues. 

In 2019, Good Monday saw a 230% growth in revenue and a 430% growth in the number of customers. With this latest capital injection, Good Monday has now received close to $ 7M in less than 2 years, and at the start of next year, the startup is looking to raise a Series A. 

No competitors in Europe

Talking about competitors, Strøyberg says, “We do not have any competitors in Europe. Our biggest competitor globally is Eden, which is primarily operating in the US. We believe that our consumer-approach makes us unique. Not only do we offer facility services like cleaning, lunch and handymen – we also provide all kinds of services to improve the happiness and motivation of employees.”

He further concludes by saying, “We are a Danish company and our platform is born out of Nordic work values. We are on a mission to create better work experiences and help companies improve what we believe is really the most important thing: The happiness of the employees.”

Main image credits: Good Monday

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Social distancing in times of COVID-19: How Aura Aware ‘smart device’ has the world turning towards Amsterdam?

Dealing with a pandemic is tough but simple measures can definitely go a long way. While the governments of the European countries are now easing the lockdown and people are slowly getting back to work, it has become an important goal for all the tech companies to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Several tech startups have already come up with inventive solutions to ensure that people are safe from the ongoing pandemic. Aura Aware is one such startup! The Amsterdam-based company has recently developed a ‘smart’ device to help businesses maintain safe social-distancing for themselves and their customers.

A ‘smart’ social distancing device 

Aura Aware is basically a social distance sensor that warns if customers do not maintain a separation of at least 2 meters. Companies like IKEA are already using it. According to Janneke van den Heuvel, co-founder & CEO Aura Aware, “it is a great idea to maintain healthy social distancing during the pandemic.” 

The smart device is basically an LED panel that has a laser depth sensor at its base. It is capable of alerting people via audio-visual cues when they break the social distancing norm of 6 feet. It changes from green to red, to warn the person that they are too close. And if the person is not looking at the sign, in that case, if you approach less than 90 centimeters, a beep sound alarm goes on.

LIDAR tech: More accurate than Bluetooth and GPS

Aura Aware employs LIDAR technology, which is commonly used in self-driving cars to detect environmental objects and its quite a practical solution because it is not violent for the merchant or for the customer. Besides, distances can be customised from the mobile app, and also the activation of the audio alarm.

The company has already shipped 10,000 orders worldwide and is now ready to manufacture 200,000 more in the coming months. 

In an exclusive interview with Silicon Canals, Janneke van den Heuvel, founder & CEO Aura Aware says, “Since the device leverages LIDAR technology, it is also more accurate than Bluetooth and GPS. It can be synced via an app, which enables two additional functionalities. The first one is adjusting the distance. For example, one can set the device to go off at less or greater distances in case it is being used in another country where social distancing rules are different. Secondly, there’s an audio beeping notification as well, which can be turned on or off via the app. It is also a plug-in device, which means you can either plug it into a standard power charger, or a power bank.” 

Aura Aware: How it all started?

Aura Aware as an idea was conceptualised by Van Den Heuvel and her co-founder Steven Kroon. Van Den Heuvel is also the CEO of TryLikes, that develops software and hardware-based solutions to measure customer satisfaction on the shop floor. 

Talking about the origin of the product, Van Den Heuvel says, “At TryLikes, we help a lot of retail real-estate companies with optimising their customer experience. And we do that with various system solutions including hardware and software. For example, we help several supermarkets and large retailers with queue management, so they can open and close cash registers in a better way.”

She goes on saying, “With the COVID-19 outbreak, companies needed to address a new kind of situation. While providing a customer-friendly and service-minded experience is important, the first priority in the upcoming times is the creation of a safe environment for both, employees and customers. We thought about how we could implement our knowledge and solutions to meet this new demand, and how to pull this off in a smarter way instead of putting out some stickers and signs that are not interactive. And that’s how the idea was born.”

About five weeks ago. Soon after, the company built a prototype, tested it and things took off from there. 

‘Producing in the Netherlands’

Van Den Heuvel also reveals the current challenges Aura Aware is facing right now. “There is currently a notable shortage worldwide on various components for measuring distance. The challenge right now is to receive all components in time and perform fast deliveries. However, we are doing a good job in this aspect. This is mainly because of the various TryLights connections we have from the past. In order to ensure full quality control, we are producing the devices in the Netherlands. We have known this company for a long time, and they can do up to 200,000 units in a very short period of time.”

While Aura Aware is being sold in the Netherlands, it is also being shipped out for international orders. Van Den Heuvel says, “While we couldn’t yet find time to reach out to other countries yet, we’re getting on that as well. Already companies from all over the world ordered Aura Aware and we are shipping it to them. We expect the Aura Aware to be made available soon in the US, UK, Germany, Dubai, Australia, and a lot of different areas.”

One can buy Aura Aware from the company’s website and it will be shipped to you from the Netherlands. Available in different types of wood and colours, the device starts at €129 and can be customised to blend in with your home’s decor. Companies such as IKEA, Sodexo, and Jack’s Casino have already commenced using it in their stores and warehouses.

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Interview with Matt Holmes : A look inside the world of Domain Development and Lead Generation

 MorganLinton.com: I first met Matt Holmes in Las Vegas at NamesCon and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him better over the years. Matt is a high energy guy, always super fun to talk to, and doing some particularly interesting things in the domain development and lead generation space. Along with understanding the power of a […]

[data.world in Austin Business World] A DATA DUMP DURING CRISIS

Yoga and mental health Slack channels, talks on Hindu philosophy and how to make a killer beef stroganoff. These are just some of the ways Data.world team mebers are boosting their coworkers’ morale during these tough times.

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Why localized compensation in a work-anywhere world isn’t so simple

Last Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook’s 48,000 employees that he expects upwards of 50% of the company will be working remotely within 10 years. After outlining many of the advantages that remote work confers — including to “potentially spread more economic opportunity around the country and potentially around the world” — he added that those who choose to move to other places in the U.S. or elsewhere will be paid based on where they live.

“We’ll localize everybody’s comp on January 1,” Zuckerberg said. “They can do whatever they want through the rest of the year, but by the end of the year they should either come back to the Bay Area or they need to tell us where they are.”

Facebook isn’t pioneering something entirely new. The concept of localized compensation has been around for some time, and it’s used by tech companies like GitHub that have primarily distributed workforces. Still, questions about whether it’s fair to pay employees based on their location are sure to grow as more outfits adopt remote-work policies.

Despite Facebook’s uncharacteristic transparency about its thinking, not everyone thinks the tactic makes sense.

One longtime Bay Area recruiter who typically focuses on executive searches calls “disparate pay for the same work” a “dangerous place to be.” Explains the recruiter, Jon Holman, “Even if you invoke the geographic disparity arithmetic based almost entirely on housing costs, what if a new openness to telecommuting means that more women or people of color can aspire to some of these jobs? Are you going to pay them less than the mostly white and Asian-American engineers in the Bay Area? I doubt it.”

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[data.world in KM World] Data.world and John Snow Labs partner

Data.world, provider of a cloud-native data catalog, and healthcare AI & NLP provider John Snow Labs are partnering to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic by sharing data and software for virus researchers. John Snow Labs is providing free access to datasets, natural language processing (NLP) software, and its AI platform for data scientists working on COVID-19 projects.

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Virtual events startup Run The World just nabbed $10.8 million from a16z and Founders Fund

Run The World, a year-old startup that’s based in Mountain View, Calif., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan, just nabbed $ 10.8 million in Series A funding co-led by earlier backer Andreessen Horowitz and new backer Founders Fund.

It’s easy to understand the firms’ interest in the company, whose platform features every functionality that a conference organizer might need in a time of a pandemic and even afterward, given that many outfits are rethinking more permanently how to produce events that include far-flung participants. Think video conferencing, ticketing, interactivity and networking.

We’d written about the startup a few months ago as it was launching with $ 4.3 million in seed funding led by Andreessen partner Connie Chan, who was joined by a slew of other seed-stage backers, including Pear Ventures, GSR Ventures and Unanimous Capital. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the current climate, Run The World has received a fair amount of traction since, according to co-founder and CEO Xiaoyin Qu, who’d previously led products for both Facebook and Instagram.

“Since we launched in February — and waived all set-up fees for events impacted by the coronavirus — we are receiving hundreds of inbound event requests each day,” Qu says. More specifically, she says the startup has doubled the size of its core team to 30 employees and enabled organizers from a wide variety of countries to oversee more than 2,000 events at this point.

Qu says that a lot of event planners who’ve used Zoom to run webinars are now choosing Run The World instead because of its focus on engagement and social features. For example, attendees to an event on the platform are invited to create a video profile akin to an Instagram Story that can help inform other attendees about who they are. It also organizes related “cocktail parties,” where it can match attendees for several minutes at a time, and attendees can choose who they want to follow up with afterward.

That heavy focus on social networking isn’t accidental. Qu met her co-founder, Xuan Jiang, at Facebook, where Jiang was a technical lead for Facebook events, ads and stories.

Of course, Run The World — which takes 25% of ticket sales in exchange for everything from the templates used, to ticket sales, to payment processing and streaming and so forth — still has very stiff competition in Zoom. The nine-year-old company has seen adoption by consumers soar since February, with 300 million daily meeting participants using the service as of April’s end.

Not only is it hard to overcome that kind of network effect, but Run The World is hardly alone in trying to steer event organizers its way. Earlier this week, for example, Bevy, an events software business co-founded by the founder of the events series Startup Grind, announced it has raised $ 15 million in Series B funding led by Accel. Other young online events platforms to similarly raise venture backing in recent months include London-based Hopin (whose recent round was also led by Accel, interestingly) and Paris-based Eventmaker.

Still, the fresh funding should help. While Run The World has grown “entirely organically through word of mouth” to date, says Qu, the startup plans to grow its team and will presumably start spending at least a bit on marketing.

It could well get a boost on this last front by its social media-savvy investors.

In addition to a16z and Founders Fund, numerous other backers in its Series A include Will Smith’s Dreamers VC and Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Capital.

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I dont’ know what my job title would be if I left the startup world. please help!

Before I joined the startup, I was a UX Designer but now there aren't really any titles?

I was a UX Designer but primarily a researcher so my design skills are limited. However, I have a great eye for balance and detail but my strengths are in meetings, delegating, negotiating, vision/direction, feature planning, and keeping the team together.

I think I might be a design lead or product manager or art director or project manager or design strategist of some sort. But I am hesitant to say that because I actually am not fluent in adobe cc nor do I draw really well. I just kind of know what needs to be done to build something with great ux and all the considerations/limitations and input from stakeholders.

While I don't primarily take part in designing buttons or screens, I draft wireframes with annotated functionality and processes. I am really great at identifying my team members' strengths and communicating the design direction and what needs to be done when delivering products that showcase their skills accordingly.

I delegate work and define deliverables for the team. I feel like a product manager and project manager kind of mixed into one.

I do a lot of interviews and research of the product that needs to be built. My last project, I learned the industry researching, shadowing, and interviewing the stakeholders before I started drafting anything kind of like an interpreter.

When I quit, I want to continue doing the same flavor of work. Please help. If you have any questions please comment.

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6 CISOs share their game plans for a post-pandemic world

Like all business leaders, chief information security officers (CISOs) have shifted their roles quickly and dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many have had to fight fires they never expected.

Most importantly, they’ve had to ensure corporate networks remain secure even with 100% of employees suddenly working from home. Controllers are moving millions between corporate accounts from their living rooms, HR managers are sharing employees’ personal information from their kitchen tables and tens of millions of workers are accessing company data using personal laptops and phones.

This unprecedented situation reveals once and for all that security is not only about preventing breaches, but also about ensuring fundamental business continuity.

While it might take time, everyone agrees the pandemic will end. But how will the cybersecurity sector look in a post-COVID-19 world? What type of software will CISOs want to buy in the near future, and two years down the road?

To find out, I asked six of the world’s leading CISOs to share their experiences during the pandemic and their plans for the future, providing insights on how cybersecurity companies should develop and market their solutions to emerge stronger:

The security sector will experience challenges, but also opportunities

The good news is, many CISOs believe that cybersecurity will weather the economic storm better than other enterprise software sectors. That’s because security has become even more top of mind during the pandemic; with the vast majority of corporate employees now working remotely, a secure network has never been more paramount, said Rinki Sethi, CISO at Rubrik. “Many security teams are now focused on ensuring they have controls in place for a completely remote workforce, so endpoint and network security, as well as identity and access management, are more important than ever,” said Sethi. “Additionally, business continuity and disaster recovery planning are critical right now — the ability to respond to a security incident and have a robust plan to recover from it is top priority for most security teams, and will continue to be for a long time.”

That’s not to say all security companies will necessarily thrive during this current economic crisis. Adrian Ludwig, CISO at Atlassian, notes that an overall decline in IT budgets will impact security spending. But the silver lining is that some companies will be acquired. “I expect we will see consolidation in the cybersecurity markets, and that most new investments by IT departments will be in basic infrastructure to facilitate work-from-home,” said Ludwig. “Less well-capitalized cybersecurity companies may want to begin thinking about potential exit opportunities sooner rather than later.”

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