Front is the front desk of your company. Whenever someone sends an email to your contact@, jobs@ or support@ email addresses, the email will appear in your team member’s Front accounts. Then, instead of forwarding the email, creating group emails and forgetting to CC someone, it works like a modern task manager. You can assign an email to someone, comment, get notifications and more. The startup just raised $3.1 million from a great group of SaaS investors.
With SoftTech VC leading the round, VC firms BOLDStart, Point Nine Capital and Caffeinated Capital also invested with a long list of angel investors, such as Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan, Kevin Hale and Aaron Harris from Y Combinator, Kissmetrics’ Hiten Shah, Echosign’s Jason Lemkin, Slow Ventures’ Dave Morin, Elad Gil, Geoff Ralston, Jeff Bonforte and Gmail creator Paul Buchheit.
Coming out of French startup studio eFounders, Front later participated in Y Combinator’s latest batch. Given today’s list of investors, it is safe to say that the company impressed Y Combinator’s partners.
As I wrote in my initial profile of the company, Front is a feature-packed layer on top of your emails. It’s all about becoming more efficient when it comes to sending out emails, tweets and text messages.
“It’s like a multiplayer version of Gmail,” co-founder and CTO Laurent Perrin wrote. It can become a lightweight support platform if you don’t want to switch to a full-fledged Zendesk instance. The service costs between $9 and $19 per user per month.
Co-founders Mathilde Collin and Laurent Perrin are now based in San Francisco with the rest of the team in France. Front is seeing significant growth right now, with an average revenue growth rate between 10 and 15 percent per week for the last three months.
For companies who receive a ton of emails, I believe that Front could quickly become one of these indispensable tools like Slack and a task manager. With today’s funding round, the company will have enough capital to make sure that this actually becomes true.