For traders in search of a purpose-built CRM toolkit, Affinity raised $13.5 million to get you coated
For the enterprise capitalists, hedge funders, funding bankers and personal fairness people trawling the skyways in search of offers, there’s nothing extra necessary than a robust community.
However for many companies retaining monitor of conferences, managing follow-ups, and plotting a subsequent transfer continues to be a fairly low-tech course of (ironic contemplating all of the CRM instruments these guys have constructed for others).
Nicely, now there’s an organization referred to as Affinity, that’s hoping to present traders what they need. It’s launching a signup for its beta and has raised $13.5 million from traders to construct out the toolkit.
The spherical was led by 8VC and contains participation from Sway Ventures, Pear Ventures, Nice Oaks Enterprise Capital, Western Expertise Funding and angel traders.
Affinity’s software program searches throughout a community’s calendar objects, emails, CRM instruments and third occasion information sources to reply questions like “Who launched us to essentially the most corporations in New York?” or “Who haven’t I referred to as in a month?”
The corporate’s software program can routinely replace contact info and conferences based mostly on its searches of firm information, and may save customers plenty of time in any other case spent on issues like fundamental information entry, the corporate stated.
For co-founders Ray Zhou and Shubham Goel the launch (even privately) of Affinity is the fruits of labor that started three years in the past. In 2014, Affinity was often called Robyn, and was one thing the 2 Stanford alumni have been engaged on as sophomores within the co-working area often called The Storage. From these earliest days three years in the past when the 2 college students have been collaborating, they have been getting assist from Joe Lonsdale, the corporate’s chairman and the founding father of the enterprise agency 8VC (then Formation eight).
“Affinity helps 8VC to allocate our agency’s assets to what issues most to our enterprise: serving to our portfolio corporations succeed and interesting successfully with our neighborhood,” stated Lonsdale in a press release. “These breakthroughs to assist colleagues and mates leverage the information and other people from every others’ networks will affect how all companies work sooner or later.”