Christian Hoffmeister, CTO at airfocus says, "thanks to Trello, Asana, Slack & Co., there are already many modern software alternatives for productive collaboration (i.e. "getting things done "). But, important strategic questions (i.e. "getting the right things done") are still predominantly answered by gut decisions and over-complicated spreadsheets. We're here to change that and give companies the tools to decide faster, better, more collaboratively, and based on facts and data."
For the first round of investment within the six-digit Euro range, the team was able to win over well-known figures in the space. Picea Capital, an investment firm with a focus on technology companies, founded by a family office and the Hamburg-based digital entrepreneur Fabian J. Fischer, as well as Klaus Schlumpberger, a business angel from Munich and CEO of eForce21, are all on board. Christian Heimerl as an early shareholder is continuing to support the team in strategic matters. He worked with the founding team at both ePages and welevel in the past.
Managing Director, Malte Scholz, sees the startup well equipped with the investment: "We are thrilled to have found such reliable partners. This will allow us to take the company to the next level and expand more aggressively."
The airfocus roadmap is therefore clear, to further expand its position as the go-to strategy platform for modern teams. In addition to deepening integrations with project management systems such as Jira, Trello, Asana and the Microsoft suite, both internal and external data sources will be connected to improve decision-making and put the roadmap creation on autopilot. Through the targeted use of machine-learning during project implementation in integrated tools such as Jira, airfocus will also serve its customers as an early-warning system for undesirable developments (i.e. deadline conflicts and budget overruns).
"Today, airfocus already solves pressing problems for small and medium-sized teams. In the future, however, we will increasingly consider the requirements of larger enterprise customers in order to leverage the enormous potential for improvement in strategy decisions, "explains Valentin Firak, the marketing manager at the young startup.
Commenting on the investment, Fabian J. Fischer, partner of Picea Capital said: "airfocus is one of the most innovative software startups because it solves real problems. With a large number of well-known, global customers, airfocus has provided a clear proof-of-concept. We are very pleased to be involved from the beginning and to help write this success story."