Most businesses still use pen and paper or spreadsheets to manage employee work schedules, which is way too old fashioned these days. Shiftplanning literally shifts that process into a web application, thus aiming to disrupt a significant part of the enterprise software sector.
The startup has now secured a significant amount of seed financing from Germany-based based serial investor Christoph Janz, Reas Kondraschow and other private investors. Terms are undisclosed by sources say it came in at just under $500,000.
Janz has a history of in investing in other SaaS investments such as Zendesk, FreeAgent Central, Clio and Vend. The other investors were Hugo Bonjean, entrepreneur, and Radek Burkat, founder and CEO of PinkBike.
Founded in 2009 by Ryan Fyfe, Shiftplanning says it has hundreds of customers in 20 countries globally, including franchises of Days Inn, T-Mobile and Subway. It claims it can save 50-80% of the time and money previously spent on work scheduling. It also means employees can view their individual work schedules from a browser.
Our Beginning The idea for ShiftPlanning was conceived in early 2009 after the simple question was asked - “Why is the business I work for still using Excel to manage our schedules?” Entrepreneur Ryan Fyfe conjectured that employee scheduling was better suited online where it could be accessible at all times. He also foresaw a dedicated scheduling application that could go beyond simple hourly scheduling to enable other functionality such as automatic shift swapping, vacation planning, reporting – all situations that were...
Christoph is a co-founder of Pageflakes and has more than ten years of experience in designing software applications and Internet services for consumers. Back in 1997, Christoph co-founded German Internet startup DealPilot.com, one of the first comparison shopping services which got funded by Bertelsmann and has later been acquired by Shopping.com. Before and after that he was involved in various software projects and Internet startups.