October 29, 2019

$5M Series Seed Investment from Grishin Robotics

John from Taskade @johnxie

A new chapter in the Taskade journey — $5M Series Seed Investment from Grishin Robotics and Y Combinator. 🚀

By the time Dionis, Stan, and I started Taskade, we had been working together as a remote, distributed team for many years.

We enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of working from anywhere, and the ability to hire and partner with great people without geographical restrictions. Despite our positive sentiments about working remotely, we were frustrated about having to hack together multiple tools in order to get things done.

That is why we built Taskade, one simple tool that allows teams to manage projects, brainstorm, write product specs, and video chat together seamlessly, with everything syncing in real-time across all devices. There are tools you can hack together for remote work. Then, there are remote-native tools: tools like Taskade built by and designed for remote teams.

We spent this summer at Y Combinator in Mountain View, California to accelerate and grow Taskade. We learned from the best product minds, shipped many exciting updates, and brought the team closer together towards a common goal, to help distributed teams succeed. Special shoutout to our amazing partners Jared Friedman, Eric Migicovsky, Brad Flora, and Uri Lopatin and everyone else that have guided us at Y Combinator.

Along this journey, we met amazing founders, mentors, and Dmitry from Grishin Robotics. We soon discovered that Dmitry’s vision for the future of work aligned with ours.

Today, we are thrilled to share the next chapter in the Taskade journey: $5M in financing from Grishin Robotics and Y Combinator, with participation from new and existing investors. Dmitry Grishin, founder of Grishin Robotics, will join Taskade’s board of directors, bringing his experience in founding, building and scaling Mail.ru, one of the largest sites on the Internet.

“Remote teams are becoming the new norm where startups are hiring engineers who are working from different time zones and geographies. The team at Taskade has built a fantastic product that is lighting fast with an intuitive UI. We believe Taskade is fundamentally changing remote team collaboration by providing one tool that teams need to get work done effectively. Taskade provides a real-time, device-agnostic and cross-platform experience to end-users. We are excited to be part of the journey with the Taskade team.” — Dmitry Grishin, Managing Partner, Grishin Robotics

Finally, a big thanks to our early investors and supporters including scout funds of Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures, Lee Linden, Aaron Iba, Hiten Shah, Immad Akhund, Alex Weston Lin, Boling Jiang, Steve Mescon, Martin Shen, Rafael Vivas, Damir Becirovic, Edward Lando, David Yaffe, Benjamin Mahdavi, Daniel Terry, Suleman Ali, Cory Levy, Stanley He, Scott Yu, Eric Anderson, and Mark Pincus, and to new investors Christopher Golda, Aneel Ranadive, Jude Gomila, Cindy Bi, and Bertrand Schmitt.

We now have over 2,000 active teams on our platform, from creative agencies, design studios, and startups to teams within Fortune 500 companies. The new funding will allow us to accelerate product development for our customers and build out our vision for the future of remote collaboration.

It all starts with the product… and listening to our community and customers. There are many exciting updates in the pipeline, and we can’t do it without your feedback and support, so please join us on this journey to help shape the future of remote work, and build the unified workspace for distributed teams!


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