As of Thursday, Outlook for iOS supports add-ins, which let software companies build extensions to their own products that interact with emails in Outlook on a user s smartphone and tablet.At launch, the app supports add-ins from Evernote, GIPHY, Nimble, Trello and Smartsheet, in addition to those that Microsoft has created.The add-in system is aimed at solving one of the key problems with handling email on a smartphone.These add-ins are supposed to help users be more productive by letting them stay inside Outlook.Here s how it works: users go into the Outlook for iOS settings panel and tap the Add-Ins menu.After that, users will be able to invoke the add-ins when reading email by tapping the symbol that appears in the upper-right-hand corner of the messages they read, underneath the reply button.
p Smartsheet, which provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) to help businesses better manage and automate their productivity tools, today announced funding of $52.1 million in a round led by Insight Venture Partners./p p Businesses use Smartsheet to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents, and manage other types of work.The service integrates with various business systems and cloud applications, such as Atlassian, Box, and Salesforce, to enable seamless data sharing./p p According to Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader, nearly 70,000 customers use the platform, including Netflix, NBC Universal, Sony Music, and Comcast.The SaaS licenses are sold on a per user basis, ranging from $14 to $25, depending on the extent and type of deployment./p p Other work management tools include Trello, Asana, and Microsoft’s Office 365 Planner.
p Cloud-based communication and collaboration platforms are the name of the game today in enterprise software, and now one of the still-independent leaders in that space is announcing a significant round at a hefty price to ride the wave of growth.Smartsheet, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup that has built spreadsheet software that lets people set and manage tasks and work across teams of people, has picked up $52 million, in what CEO Mark Mader tells me was a pre-money valuation of $800 million ($852 million post-money).This Series F, which brings the total raised by the company to $120 million, was led by previous investor Insight Venture Partners, with Madrona Venture Group and Sutter Hill Ventures, and new investor Summit Partners also participating.Smartsheet, Mader said in an interview, has been growing at a rate of about 60 percent a year for the past five years, with a $100 million annual run rate, and intentionally run not for profit as it continues to grow.The company currently has about 70,000 businesses paying to use the product, ranging from SMBs through to large enterprises.Smartsheet’s business model is, as with many cloud-based services, freemium.
Looks like Smartsheet gets to keep its new hire.Amazon has dropped its suit against Gene Farrell, a former executive at its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division who recently took a job with Smartsheet.The e-commerce giant had charged that Farrell has violated his non-compete agreement with Amazon by going to work with the cloud-based project-management software provider.Amazon dismissed the suit after Farrell and Smartsheet agreed to some "temporary restrictions" on his role at the company, Smartsheet said in a statement."We are pleased to have Gene back on the team as we continue to focus on serving our customers and growing our business," the company said.Farrell's new role is Smartsheet's senior vice president of product.
Spreadsheets are popular for more than just complex formulas and intricate pivot tables — millions of information workers are creating and working them hard every day to organize projects and processes on the job.Even the brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks can cost as much as 40 percent of someone’s productive time — and that’s according to the American Psychological Association.The high-tech solution (because there’s always a high-tech solution): move from legacy work management tools, like spreadsheets, to next-generation technologies that support ways for teams to work together in a connected, collaborative, transparent way.Forrester defines these solutions as tools that enable collaborative conversations, transparency, and work allocation at the team level.CWM platforms provide a centralized location to work collectively, share digital content deliverables, and automate business processes.In their recent inaugural CWM report, Forrester positioned Smartsheet, a SaaS platform for managing and automating collaborative work, as a leader in enterprise CWM.
Microsoft is rolling out add-in support to Outlook for Android this week, more than six months after first debuting mobile add-ins on iOS.The first set of Outlook for Android add-ins includes Evernote, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Translator, Nimble, OnePlaceMail, Outlook Customer Manager, Smartsheet and Trello.The add-ins are designed to show up as an icon when you’re interacting with an email, allowing you to create a project card in an app like Trello, or clip emails to Evernote.They’re basic extensions to other apps on Android or iOS, and Microsoft is working with a number of partners to slowly add more to both the Android and iOS versions of Outlook.Wrike, JIRA, MeisterTask, Gfycat, and MojiLala will all be available soon, alongside support for add-ins for Gmail accounts.
Last month, we launched the first ever TechRadar Pro Best for Business Awards, looking to reward the best enterprise technology offerings.Voted for by you, the readers, the Awards cover a range of technology platforms and products, so who came out on top?Best Mobile Network for BusinessAlso nominated - Vodafone, EE, Three, BT MobileBest Business Provider for BusinessAlso nominated - BT, Virgin Media Business, Vodafone Business, Plusnet, Zen, TalkTalk, Relish Business, Claranet, Woav
Trello has grown quickly since it spun off from software firm Fog Creek three years ago, adding millions of users every few months.Trello started off in January 2011 as a prototype from Fog Creek, aimed at solving “high-level planning issues,” according to the company.It was launched at TechCrunch Disrupt later that year and then spun off as its own company, with Fog Creek co-founder Michael Pryor as CEO.Others include Asana, Workfront, Smartsheet, Planview and Projectplace; Microsoft has also launched a Trello rival, Planner.Trello’s initial use case has been for small teams of up to 10 people, or even for personal use.Trello draws on the principles of Kanban, a method of visualizing workflows to provide an overview of a project from start to finish.
Smartsheet last week released its “State of Automation 2017” study which provides a breakdown of industry attitudes toward automation.While an overwhelming percentage of those surveyed believe that automation can improve their workplace (97 percent), it’s clear that millennials are far more likely than any other group to consider automation a threat to their employment.The study was based on a survey conducted on behalf of Smartsheet by Market Cube and took into account answers provided by 1,000 information workers.Respondents were considered information workers if they were over the age of 18, spend at least half of their day at a computer, and use at least one category of business software during the work day.The results of the survey showed a clear dichotomy between millennials and baby boomers.Of those surveyed 71 percent of millennials said they use automation on their team or in the workplace now, compared to only 58 percent of those aged 55 and older.
Quip, the collaboration service owned by Salesforce, announced today that it will be opening a developer platform so third parties can create custom document add-ins.This is designed to let customers work more effectively by adding functionality that they need, like project planning tools.For example, a customer will now be able to insert a Kanban board, which tracks different items as they move through various stages of a process, into a document alongside media and written content.Each Quip document is essentially a collaboration canvas that can include information people write down inside it, as well as outside data, like Salesforce records.To provide initial Live App integrations, Quip has partnered with a handful of companies, including Smartsheet, Atlassian, New Relic, and Facebook.That means customers will be able to do things like pull information from a Jira bug report into a set of meeting notes so that everyone on a team can see a problem that’s being discussed.
Now, more than 70,000 companies use the application, including half of the Fortune 500; customers range from Google and Netflix to the U.S. General Services Administration.Its success stems from its ability to appeal to a wider range of business users, specifically project managers, according to Chris Marsh, research director at 451 Research.“It has gained viral appeal among business leaders and their teams as a tool flexible enough to address lots of different work use cases…that didn’t need involvement from project management specialists or business analysts,” Marsh said.They are tired of tools that lack [a] consumer-grade user experience, are difficult to use and aren’t connected,” said Margo Visitacion, Forrester vice president and principal analyst.There are also capabilities designed to track work at a high level.Documents such as PDFs, presentations and graphic files can be stored and attached using Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and DropBox accounts.
But in a crowded collaboration field, Planner also matches up against tools like as Asana and Smartsheet, which offer alternatives to more complex project management applications.Buckets are used to represent the status of a specific project.The Charts view provides a higher level overview of work that’s under way, enabling team members to see the status and progress of various projects at a glance.This makes it easier to see when any may be falling behind schedule, or if a certain team member has a looming deadline.Support for iOS and Android devices was announced in May, enabling users to view and update plans on the go once they have been created using the web app.This allows a project manager to offload the management of a task to a colleague using Planner.
Smartsheet, a Seattle-area company that builds software to help companies manage their internal processes, announced today that it is acquiring Converse.AI, a Scotland-based startup that lets companies create bots to automate their business processes.Converse’s platform makes it possible for business users to build workflows that connect services like Twilio, Slack, Salesforce, Google, HubSpot, and PayPal without writing code.It’s all powered by Converse’s Chatflow software, which launched in 2016.This deal will support Smartsheet’s overall ambition to bring more automation to its own software.Its service already integrates with a number of third-party offerings, including Jira and Salesforce.But Converse.AI’s technology will make it easier for other companies to integrate with Smartsheet and make it easier for Smartsheet to create integrations for its customers.
Low-code tools are making it easier for citizen developers to create custom business apps that improve productivity and agility.However, faced with an increasing number of projects and the shrinking number of available developers, IT departments are forced to establish a cut line.This do-it-yourself development theme is being catered to by a slew of software vendors under the moniker of “citizen developer” — employees without formal programming training or experience who create apps outside of IT.With minimal coding skills, the thinking goes, non-technical knowledge workers can become citizen developers and (hopefully more quickly) design or configure new applications.In theory, the citizen development movement can bring positive impact to businesses by:Bringing new capabilities and custom apps online quickly
Have you ever used a spreadsheet to track a project, emailing updated versions to your team members to keep them apprised of where things stood?That simple fact — the popularity of spreadsheets for project management — is the raison d’être for Smartsheet, a sort of enhanced online spreadsheet app.Smartsheet adds such collaboration tools as in-app communications, automatic notifications, and flexible document sharing to the standard row-and-column, functions and formulas interface.[ Related: What is Smartsheet?A spreadsheet-based project management tool ]Smartsheet isn’t limited to the spreadsheet view, either.
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.This week Katie Roof and Alex Wilhelm were joined by Byron Deeter of Bessemer Venture Partners, who was an excellent selection to have on deck as we tooled through the most recent news.And there was a lot to get through, as a host of companies have decided to go public before the markets turn south.Up first, we took a look at this week’s biggest filing: DocuSign, a massive firm with lots of raised capital, lots of revenue, lots of GAAP losses, and slimming cash consumption.To summarize ourselves gently, the firm is doing what it needs to do to show a path to profits while still scaling rapidly.But there were even more IPOs in the offing (not to mention two recent, China-based, US-listed IPOs this week), including Pivotal Software and Smartsheet (more financial notes here).
Smartsheet, a $852.1 million collaboration software company, has filed to go public.Smartsheet, which was founded in 2005, grew its revenue by 66% from 2017 to 2018, but also saw its losses grow by a whopping 223% in the same period.It's the latest enterprise tech company to move toward a public offering in 2018, in what has already turned out to be a busy year for IPOs.Smartsheet —one of the Seattle area's most prominent business software startups — filed its S-1 on Monday.The company will go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "SMAR," in an offering managed by Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Securities and Jefferies.Smartsheet, which was founded in 2005, hasn't set a share price yet, but the company was last valued at $852.1 million in a May 2017 funding round, according to PitchBook.
On Monday, cloud-based project management software company Smartsheet filed to go public.The filing revealed that it paid exec Gene Farrell almost $2.7 million in 2017 — that's 70% more than CEO Mark Mader's total compensation package of $1.9 million.Farrell is an ex-Amazon Web Services vice president who came out ahead in a non-compete lawsuit from Amazon last year after he was poached by Smartsheet.It's a look into a possible reason why Farrell was willing to risk being on the wrong side of a lawsuit, and how valuable employees from big-name software companies can be to younger startups.On Monday, cloud-based project management software company Smartsheet filed to go public — revealing that it's paying one star ex-Amazon executive about 70% more than CEO Mark Mader.Back in June 2017, Smartsheet hired Gene Farrell away from Amazon Web Services, where he had been a VP overseeing the cloud titan's growing roster of business productivity apps.
Smartsheet on Monday filed for an initial public offering, making it the latest tech startup to prepare to hit the public markets.This year has already been an active one for tech IPOs with Dropbox going public last week and Spotify slated to go out next week.The activity is in line with what tech investment bankers forecast for Business Insider.This year is shaping up to be a hot one for initial public offerings in the tech industry — particularly in the enterprise software sector.On Monday, Smartsheet filed to public, just days after fellow enterprise software startup Pivotal made the same move and after Dropbox debuted on the public markets with a bang.In the last month and a half, Zuora filed for an IPO, Zscaler completed its IPO, and DocuSign reportedly confidentially filed its public offering paperwork.
A co-founder of Smartsheet, the enterprise collaboration startup that just filed for an IPO, is taking a hard right turn into the world of agriculture robotics.Brent Frei tells Geekwire that he has been working on an automated system for clearing rocks from land.It’s a bit unexpected, but far from a bad idea.While doing a little farming work with his kids last year, including the less than stimulating task of picking up big rocks and throwing them in a tractor trailer, it occurred to him that this was precisely the kind of thing that an automated platform would be good at.There are some semi-automated solutions, but nothing simple enough that you could just plop it on a few acres and tell it “go grab all the rocks this big or bigger.”Why not apply all the tech that’s going into watering, growing, and picking to this?