Workspot Raises $1.9M From Kleiner, Norwest, Redpoint, Others

Workspot said it raised $1.9 million of seed funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and angel investors, including Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg. The company also launched a bring-your-own-mobile-device service for IT administrators, Workspot Control, and a mobile application for IPads, called Workspot.

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Workspot Launches New Bring-Your-Own-Device Solution for IT Departments and End Users; Reveals Founding Team and Announces Seed Funding

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers backed startup to Present at TechCrunch Disrupt NY

TechCrunch Disrupt, New York, NY and Menlo Park, CA – April 30, 2013 – Workspot launched a new bring-your-own-device solution for the mobile workplace.  Workspot has created both a SaaS service for IT administrators, Workspot Control, and a mobile application for IPads called Workspot.  Workspot also announced that it has raised $1.9 million in seed funding from Kleiner Perkins, Norwest, Redpoint, and angel investors including Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg.

Workspot is a single app and secure mobile workplace that helps end-users and IT departments conveniently separate work-related content and personal information stored on the device. End-users can flip between applications inside Workspot with ease, in a single, contained workspace including Intranet, SharePoint, Email, and Microsoft Office documents.  Collaboration with co-workers is possible through applications that reside behind their organization’s firewall making full use of SaaS applications.

Workspot was founded by a trio of experienced San Francisco Bay Area technologists including CEO Amitabh Sinha, formerly of Citrix; CTO Puneet Chawla, formerly of VMWare; and Vice President Ty Wang, formerly of Oracle and Twilio.  Its team also includes experienced engineers from companies including Juniper Networks, Dell, F5, and Microsoft.

“Workspot is a cloud-based, BYOD solution that provides a secure, ‘no new infrastructure or server software’ implementation for IT Network professionals, and delights their end users who require a seamless, easy-to-use solution,” said Amitabh Sinha, CEO, Workspot.  “Our approach stands apart because IT departments can get critical business applications to their end-users typically in less than 30 minutes.”

The new app, also called Workspot, underwent pre-launch testing as part of Spiceworks’ SpicePanel program, an initiative that connects start-up and established technology companies with more than 2.4 million IT professionals. Workspot is comprised of Workspot Control, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) interface for BYOD configuration and analytics, and the Workspot mobile application for Apple iPad devices. Workspot intelligently connects to customers’ existing security infrastructure, embracing and extending the authentication schemes IT professionals have already implemented with SSL-VPN appliances. No credentials are stored in the cloud, and all authentication is done directly against existing security appliances.

“The small-to-midsize business market represents an enormous opportunity for technology brands who can move quickly to address a specific need or pain point, such as BYOD management,” said Jay Hallberg, co-founder and VP of Marketing at Spiceworks. “Early access to the latest technologies, like Workspot, provides the Spiceworks Community with the opportunity to shape the products and services they purchase to do their jobs.”

“In the face of the BYOD explosion, this is a great method of helping users while still meeting compliance.” Scott Chille, IT Director, Mason City Clinic.  “My users are glad to have access to clinic applications and information on their iPads.  Before, they were hiking their laptops around with them and wouldn’t bring it into a meeting – now they can multitask.”
Workspot will be competing in TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield in New York City  Tuesday, April 30, as part of the ‘Mobile First’ category.

About Workspot
Workspot is a bring-your-own-device solution for the mobile workplace. It was created by a team of experienced San Francisco, Bay Area technologists with backgrounds from Citrix, Oracle, Juniper Networks, VMware, Symantec, Microsoft, and Cisco.  Workspot received a seed round of funding Summer of 2012 from Kleiner Perkins, Norwest, Redpoint, and angel investors.  Workspot is now available in the Apple App Store. To learn more, visit www.workspot.com or follow us on Twitter (@workspotinc).

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