When we first started Cleary, remote work was niche and hybrid work wasn’t a buzzword. My co-founder Ryan and I were trying to answer a simple question back then: can a digital tool suite – like the ones we had built while leading the Internal Tools team at Twitter – be useful to other tech companies? The answer is a resounding yes but the applications are actually much broader: a centralized digital employee experience will underpin the great workplaces of tomorrow.
The pandemic-era has created millions of remote workers overnight. The default of a whole company being in one building from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday has become a relic of the past. Organizations are becoming more distributed much earlier by hiring across timezones and countries. They are now more flexible in how they work with tools, processes, and policies. They’re becoming more dynamic with people starting and leaving roles faster than ever before. In sum, a 50 person company with 50 home-offices across a dozen countries shares many of the same communications, culture, and productivity problems that a 500 person company in one office does. Further, a new sales person in the field in London has a distinct set of needs compared to a veteran customer support person based in the Los Angeles office or a software engineer based in a Lagos home-office. We look forward to partnering with more organizations as they make strategic decisions on how they operate.
We are excited to announce our seed round of $4.5M led by Kelly Perdew and the Moonshots Capital team with participation from Crosslink Capital, Quiet Capital, Liberty City Ventures, and Seachange Fund for a total of more than $7.5M raised. We are ready to scale up the team and take on more great partners as we expand our footprint to meet the immense need to optimize the employee experience for distributed teams!