StaffAny, a management platform for SMEs with shift workers, raised $3.4 million from Series A led by GGV Capital. The round included participation from East Ventures, FreakOut Shinsei Fund, Far East Ventures, Farquhar Venture Capital and angel investors including Allen Shim, former Slack CFO. The round will be used to expand into more markets and develop new features for StaffAny’s platform, which currently operates in seven countries, including Singapore where it is headquartered, Malaysia and Indonesia. That brings the startup total to $4.2 million.
Co-founder Janson Seah told Ploonge that StaffAny is used by companies with 30+ employees and serves customers ranging from single point-of-sale to networks with 1,000+ employees. “While we serve smaller companies perfectly, there is much greater value for SMEs with aspirations of scale where work processes need to be streamlined with data and visibility,” he said.
Before boarding the platform, many StaffAny customers, who are mainly in the F&B or retail sectors, were using spreadsheets, punch cards or apps that don’t sync lists, pay receipts and leave management the way StaffAny does. The software also gives managers and workers the ability to communicate in real time.
Its features include an online escalation schedule that allows managers to view staff schedules at different outlets and predict where workers might be needed and labor costs for the coming week. Empty shifts are automatically scheduled and employees are immediately notified of changes to their hours or requests for additional shifts. They can log in and out via StaffAny using their smartphones, replacing punched cards or manual entries, and payroll adjustments are made automatically if the schedule changes. Both staff and management can view timesheets so errors can be caught. That means fewer disputes over pay stubs.
Other StaffAny features include those for handling leave requests and tracking employee work performance in the event of an audit. To adapt to the pandemic, it also added features for contact tracing, test reminders or vaccination status, depending on each country’s regulations.
In a statement, GGV Capital’s Global Managing Partner Jixun Foo said: “Although F&B is the sector hardest hit by COVID-19, StaffAny has seen unprecedented strong growth and adoption among SMEs, a testament to its product and the resilience of your leadership team. SMB technology is a sector in which GGV invests globally. We are excited to work with StaffAny as they expand and expand.”