Asana

  • Asana co-founder discusses Thiel’s donation to Trump

    Asana co-founder discusses Thiel’s donation to Trump

    Asana co-founder and head of product Justin Rosenstein discussed the political views of his controversial investor and former board member Peter Thiel today at the Tech Inclusion conference in San Francisco. Asana isn’t the only company to face questions about its continued relationship with Thiel in light of his ongoing support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump… Read More

  • Task management app Asana takes on the spreadsheet with ‘custom fields’

    Task management app Asana takes on the spreadsheet with ‘custom fields’

    Asana — the enterprise SaaS business started by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and early Facebook employee Justin Rosenstein — has made a name for itself as a workflow and task management app that aims to help teams be more productive by making it much easier to figure out what needs to get done. But today, the company is taking the wraps off a new service that will… Read More

  • 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