software company Envoy raises $15 mln from Andreessen Horowitz

Chris Dixon, general partner, Andreessen Horowitz

San Francisco-based Envoy, provider of sign-in software for office visitors to register and check-in via an iPad-based system, announced it has raised $15 million in Series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz. The company, which employs about 15, previously raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Semil Shah, Marc Benioff, Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan and other angel investors. Chris Dixon, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has joined the board as part of the round.

Dixon said the funding will be used to build more product features and expand its use to register people at other locales, such as hotels and conferences. The company was founded by Larry Gadea, who previously began working at Google at the age of 18. He blogged about Envoy’s plans and the investment (see below and click here).

Dixon said his firm came to invest after he and his partners continued to see the Envoy check-in registration software “everywhere we went.” He told peHUB: “We looked it up and met Larry and we were impressed.”


Beyond the Funding: What’s Next for Envoy?

One of the things I love about San Francisco is being surrounded by so many innovative tech companies. But, something that always baffled me is that, when I visited my friends working at some of the most well-known companies in the city, innovation went right out the window and I was subject to a clunky experience. When I’d arrive at a building, I often had to figure out door codes, parking, reception – all on my own.

Once I made it into the building, the receptionists were frequently away from the front desk, dealing with all sorts of other important things. For me, these experiences seemed chaotic and didn’t leave me with the best first impression of the company.
These experiences nagged at me and led me to build Envoy.

Before Envoy, literally nothing at the front desk existed to help the often overworked office manager or receptionist. While in the midst of answering 1 million phone calls, sometimes there would be a paper booklet where visitors write fake names and unintelligible other info, and snag a peek at the day’s previous visitors (yikes!). Worse, sometimes there’s nothing there, and people walk right in and wander around the office. This all resulted in a poor experience, not to mention a security nightmare, for both visitors and employees.

Since its debut just over two years ago, Envoy’s iPad-based visitor management product has filled a void and taken off like wildfire. We have registered over 1,000,000 visitors at over 1,000 offices worldwide in almost 10 languages. Our customer base is growing 20% month-over-month and we’re just getting started.

We’re excited to announce today that we raised $15 million from Andreessen Horowitz, and partner Chris Dixon is now a member of the Envoy Board of Directors. The moment I met Chris, I knew his creative, non-traditional perspective on how to solve seemingly mundane problems would be an amazing asset to our team.

What’s most remarkable about this growth? It’s been almost exclusively word-of-mouth — but in a unique way. People visited offices in SF (where we took off initially), enjoyed and remembered their Envoy experience, and then brought it back with them to their company and city. What’s more, this grassroots process is still continuing today– beyond the San Francisco and tech-based world –for all sorts of other companies. Gyms, schools, churches, law firms, advertising agencies, oil rigs, and even crane rental companies, are actively using Envoy for an efficient and truly welcoming experience.

In addition, we want all employees and their visitors to have efficient and enjoyable experiences, which is why we created the Envoy Employee iPhone app and built Envoy Pre-Registration. Envoy for Employees sends push notifications, not delayed emails or SMS, when visitors arrive. Envoy Pre-Registration sends Wi-Fi passwords, parking locations, front door instructions, etc. to visitors in advance of their meetings. We’ll soon be introducing Envoy Passport, an even more effortless way to sign in. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be amazing.

All that said, we are about much more than just Visitor Registration. There are many other subpar interactions that people experience day-to-day, simply because nothing great exists out there. That’s why the money we have raised will be going almost exclusively into building the Envoy product and ecosystem. We will continue to hire the best designers and engineers who are looking to build re-imagined products in a new, unique, and highly-disruptable category. Choosing Envoy for your company means you’re signing up for the latest and greatest and at the highest quality possible.

We couldn’t be more excited for the future.

Larry Gadea
Founder and CEO, Envoy