Why Beekeeper Got $45M Series B Funding For Deskless Collaboration

The majority of business communications and collaboration solutions focus on workers who are knowledge workers. They typically work at a desk -whether it be in their home, hotel, office, WeWork, Airplane, etc.

Few companies focus on deskless workers.

BeeKeeper is the exception – they focus on connecting deskless workers – all 1.7 billion of them.

The company explains while desktop tools get adoption rates of 15% among non-desk workers, the Beekeeper platform boasts an industry-leading 90% activation rate, creating a uniquely valuable enterprise tool that hosts the majority of day-to-day workflows for many of its customers. 

The solution works with over 750 cloud applications via connectors, has an API and is certified to work with the most important compliance standards such as HIPAA and the EU’s GDPR.

Similar to Microsft Teams and Slack, you can have real-time, two-way communications, group messages, file sharing and more.

Companies can also link to their HRM systems or Active Directory to store employee data in one place. They can further manage secure single sign-on, user synchronization, payroll, shift swapping, and every stage of the employee life cycle.

A comprehensive analytics dashboard allows optimizing processes to boost productivity.

Nils Granath, responsible for ICT investments at Swisscanto Private Equity Switzerland Growth I KmGK, said, “Today, over 75% of the global workforce rely on their smartphones to communicate with their colleagues, but there are few digital tools which cater to the needs of non-desk-workers. We were convinced by the global blue-chip customer base of Beekeeper and the huge upside potential in the non-desk worker segment.   It is a great addition to our portfolio, which is focused on supporting fast-growing tech companies together with global VC investors.”

The company just closed a $45 million Series B financing. The round was co-led by Thayer Ventures and Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank, with participation from prior investors including Atomico, Alpana Ventures, Edenred Capital Partners, Fyrfly, Hammer Team, investiere, HighSage Ventures, Keen Venture Partners, Samsung NEXT, Swiss Post, and Swisscom.

Beekeeper’s Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Cristian Grossmann

Beekeeper’s Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Cristian Grossmann, said, “Given the pace of workplace digitization and the unique demands of frontline workers, businesses have struggled to find a mobile-first platform built specifically to meet the complexities of a non-desk workforce. Consumer apps are not the answer, and knowledge-worker apps such as those offered by Slack and Microsoft don’t cover the needs of frontline workers. Beekeeper provides a purpose-built one-stop platform to help organizations streamline business processes and collaboration with their frontline employees across shifts, locations, and languages. We are grateful to Thayer Ventures, Swisscanto Invest and our other investors for fueling Beekeeper’s continued exponential growth – to benefit operational efficiencies, employees, and companies across the globe.”

Why did BeeKeeper get $40M for continued growth? To reach and enable deskless workers – all 1.7 billion of them!

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