Taking advantage of the shift to remote work, Almanac, which creates a data editor that borrows functionalities like version control from developer platforms like GitHub, has been onboarding new customers through its open-source office document library Core and promoting features that make onboarding simpler, like an online company handbook builder. Last year, Floodgate led a $9 million seed round for Almanac; this year, Tiger Global, the pandemic’s most active startup financing juggernaut, is leading a $34 million Series A deal. Along with General Catalyst and a large number of angels, Floodgate took part in the rise once more.
The Chief Executive Officer of Almanac, Adam Nathan, claims that “work has transformed.” “You need tooling created specifically for this reality if you wish to succeed in the current distributed, digital era. What Almanac is creating is an infrastructure that reflects how management and collaboration should function in this new era of remote work, not just an improved version of fundamental productivity tools. Because of this, according to our consumers, choosing to purchase Almanac is more than just a technical decision.”
Nobody gets up in the morning to answer emails, respond to Slack messages, and spend the entire day in meetings, so this shift to remote work is primarily driven by individual professionals. Data on burnout and employee retention demonstrate that businesses cannot simply impose old modes of collaboration onto new modes of work. Almanac provides an alternative to the disruptive meetings and incessant interruptions that characterize office culture.
According to Mike Maples of Floodgate Fund, “We’re at the beginning of a generational transformation in how work is done.” Companies are converting from an office-based culture to a cloud-based one that allows employees to work remotely. Manager meetings shape the culture of the workplace. Builders that can communicate their ideas properly and steer teams in the right direction are the ones who shape the cloud culture.
Microsoft Working and Google Docs are relics of the office environment, according to Nathan. “You’re continuously interrupted in the world of office culture as you go between Word, email, Slack, meetings, Zoom, and other ‘productivity’ tools. Contrast that with how engineers and designers collaborate on GitHub and Figma, respectively. Without the continuous interruptions of the office environment, they may be extraordinarily productive from any place.”
With the funding, Almanac will be able to keep giving its rapidly expanding clientele, which includes eminent remote businesses like IRL and Remote, best-in-class support, and services. To create the most user-friendly operating system on the market, Almanac will also enhance technology and compatibility.