Australian enterprise marketplace platform etaskr has announced a $1.3 million seed round with Oxygen Ventures, the latest in a number of wins for the fledgling Australian tech start-up scene.
Founded in 2013, etaskr positions itself as a platform like Freelancer or Airtasker but specifically for enterprise, aiming to change workplace culture away from what it says is “20th century solo thinking” to a more flexible and collaborative environment.
“Unrealised productivity costs organisations $305 billion a year in Australia alone,” said etaskr CEO David Chung.
“By placing employees in silos we hide talent, block collaboration and limit productivity. etaskr breaks through the silo walls and connects the people who need each other."
Staff looking for help can post tasks to the platform, which other employees inside the organisation can find. Every employee has a profile where they can declare their skills and receive notifications of new tasks that match those skills.
Additionally the newly-announced etaskr shopfront plugin allows organisations to ‘retail’ professional services through an ecommerce site that connects into etaskr.
Etaskr said it is set to launch its first shopfront with a bluechip client.
“This is a major gap in the market for those looking to resource trusted professionals and highfunctioning teams,” Mr Chung said.
“We’re super excited to announce this shortly and incredibly proud to be working with this major global brand.
“This organisation will be the first to offer this new path to market and their employees will be the first to be able to search for opportunities both inside and outside of the company.”
Mr Chung told Technology Spectator the money will be used for hiring, continued product development including scaling 'Shopfront' and sales and marketing ahead of launch later this year.