Asana

  • Task management app Asana raises $50M at a $600M valuation led by YC’s Sam Altman

    Task management app Asana raises $50M at a $600M valuation led by YC’s Sam Altman

    Asana, an enterprise app that lets people set and track projects and other goals, has hit a goal of its own: today, the company is announcing that it has raised $50 million. The Series C round — led by Y-Combinator’s Sam Altman — values the company at $600 million, the company tells me. As a bit of context, Asana last raised $28 million in 2012; that Series B was at a… Read More

  • Asana Poaches Diversity Manager From Facebook

    Asana Poaches Diversity Manager From Facebook

    Asana just announced that it’s hired Sonja Gittens-Ottley, formerly of Facebook, to serve as the productivity startup’s first-ever head of diversity and inclusion. Back in July, after someone called out Asana for its clear lack of diversity, Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz said that the company was aggressively recruiting a potential diversity lead who is both black and female. It… Read More

  • Asana Debuts New Version Of Its Collab Software, Claims 140K Companies Use Its Service

    Asana Debuts New Version Of Its Collab Software, Claims 140K Companies Use Its Service

    This morning at Asana’s San Francisco headquarters, the startup announced a new version of its product, a new brand — logo — and, happily, some metrics about its growth. As you will recall, the startup picked up a new Head of Business from Google on Monday, announcing at the same time that it has expanded its revenue by 230 percent over the past year. Growth Asana announced… Read More

  • Asana Picks Up Google Exec Chris Farinacci To Run Its Business Ops

    Asana Picks Up Google Exec Chris Farinacci To Run Its Business Ops

    Asana, a company that provides tools to help teams collaborate, has hired Chris Farinacci, now formerly of Google, to run its business operations. At Google, Farinacci worked for nearly half a decade on the Google for Work team. That stint came after time in marketing at Oracle and Agile Software for the technology worker. Read More

  • You’ve Only Got One Shot At Building A Consumer Unicorn Crunch Network

    You’ve Only Got One Shot At Building A Consumer Unicorn

    Imagine if the founder of a very successful consumer technology company knocked on your door and offered to get you in on the ground floor of their new enterprise. Almost any VC would jump at the chance, as would most engineers and designers. But I wonder if they’re most often making a mistake? I can point to a number of founders who have had repeat success in B2B markets. Read More

  • Asana Wants To Get Better About Diversity, And This Is Its Plan

    Asana Wants To Get Better About Diversity, And This Is Its Plan

    Asana, the team productivity software that’s raised $38.2 million from high-profile investors like Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz, just got called out on Twitter for its lack of diversity. Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz (pictured above) was quick to respond and he handled it well. In fact, he says Asana is actively working to create a more diverse workforce. Here’s the tweet… Read More

  • Shift Messenger Makes It Easy For Workers To Swap Hours

    Shift Messenger Makes It Easy For Workers To Swap Hours

    Anyone who has worked a retail job knows what a pain it is to take time off. You usually have to find someone to cover your shift and, unless you’ve managed to arrange your schedule in advance, that often entails panicked texts and phone calls to co-workers. A new startup called Shift Messenger wants to make the process less painful. Backed by Y Combinator, Shift Messenger was founded… Read More

  • Asana Doubles Down On Mobile, Releases New iOS App

    Asana Doubles Down On Mobile, Releases New iOS App

    Asana, a company that provides collaboration tools to corporations and groups, today released a unified iOS application for iPhone and iPad. As other companies have in recent quarters, Asana built its new iOS app using native code. (The app is due to land in the app store at any moment, so if you don’t see it in the App Store, hang tight.) The firm has an Android app similar to its new… Read More

  • Billionaire Jewelry King Launches TaskWorld, A Management Tool All About Performance

    Billionaire Jewelry King Launches TaskWorld, A Management Tool All About Performance

    Billionaire jewelry king Fred Mouawad has a different take on the world of task management. Most providers have some play on keeping a list or offer a schedule of reminders. But Mouawad, after hanging out at Stanford University to get in geek mode, has built something different. It’s called Taskworld and it’s a task-management app that is all about measuring performance. Read More