Koan, launched by a co-founder of Jive Software, has raised $3 million in seed funding – TechCrunch

Koan, a three-year-old on-line platform that goals to assist groups obtain their aims and keep engaged, has raised $3 million in seed funding led by Uncork Capital and Crosslink.

Koan, co-founded and led by CEO Matt Tucker — who beforehand cofounded Jive Software, an outfit that made social software program for companies and went public in 2011, then bought in 2017 —  is making an attempt to set itself other than the various different efficiency administration instruments in the world by catering much less to HR departments and focusing on as a substitute the chief working officer or chief of employees.

Though these people at this time rely closely on emails and spreadsheets — static merchandise that may decelerate execution — Koan tries to make them extra environment friendly by offering them with a dashboard that makes it simpler to trace targets, present suggestions, and execute different people-management duties.

The firm can also be focusing on leaders of small to mid-size firms. The broader thought is to assist them with purpose administration, and to make it simpler for them to make progress towards their very own metrics and targets.

Koan, which integrates with a vast quantity of third events, from Salesforce to Slack, employs simply 10 individuals at this level and relies in Portland, Ore., although Tucker works from Palo Alto, the place, apparently, he and his spouse additionally function a firm known as Blind Tiger Ice.

Inspired by their worldwide travels to improve in a way their native eating (and drinks) expertise, the couple’s practically two-year-old firm is changing into recognized in some tech circles for its “high-quality cocktail ice,” as Tucker describes it. Among its prospects: Netflix, Facebook, Google, and the world-famous Yountville, Ca.-based restaurant French Laundry.

Every as soon as in a whereas, too, says Tucker, his worlds collide. Recently, for instance, the enterprise agency CRV known as Blind Tiger to order ice for a social gathering it was throwing. The portfolio firm it was celebrating: Iterable, a progress advertising startup and in addition a Koan buyer.

Koan has now raised $5 million altogether. Earlier traders embody the Webb Investment Network, SV Angel, and Spider Capital, all of which participated in the corporate’s latest spherical.

Above, left to proper: Cofounders Matt Tucker and Arend Naylor, an early engineer at Jive Software, cofounded by Tucker.

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