During the pandemic, when business moved online, Spinach.io co-founder and CEO Matan Talmi noticed that engineering teams have a specific set of needs for online meetings than other teams. Around the same time, he noticed that Zoom Releases Zoom Apps to help developers create meeting applications based on the Zoom platform.
He and his co-founders decided to create a meeting tool designed specifically for engineers who use an agile methodology for conducting online meetings. They wanted to increase the level of stand-up automation by integrating with Slack, Jira and other tools that engineers use to track their projects, and last year they began developing the product. The startup today announced $6 million in seed capital, which is a combination of funding received since launching in 2021.
“What we were trying to do here is really solve a very specific use case for engineering teams that follow the Scrum Agile development process. They have unique meetings and workflows around these development sprints, and they need specific expertise to really add value,” Talmy told TechCrunch.
He said that while everyone can benefit from organizing meetings with a specific agenda and shared meeting notes, Spinach focused on the stand-up meeting that agile engineering teams kick off with every day. “We started with one very specific type of meeting, the daily stand-ups, which form the basis of a good development sprint, the daily checks. It’s where teams meet every morning, and that’s why we created it as an experience that specifically facilitates these meetings and helps you run them on autopilot,” he said.
Because it integrates with project management software like Jira, it can retrieve previous day’s goals, current day’s goals, and any roadblocks the team may have that are preventing them from reaching their goals. It is also integrated with Slack to move information back and forth across the utility channel.
While natively integrated with Zoom, it can work with other online meeting tools such as Microsoft Teams and Google Meet using the web tool. It also has plans to integrate with other project management tools such as ClickUp, Asana, and Monday.com, as well as other service development teams that have become more commonly used over time, such as Figma, Notion, and GitHub.
The company is also publicly announcing the tool for the first time, but has been in closed beta for some time now, with 100 teams working on it, including the Wix, Fiverr, and Rappi teams.
He said the engineering meeting is the first use case, but he expects to expand the product to include other engineering meetings over time. The company recently completed work in Y Combinator as part of Cohort Winter 2022.
Talmy says his experience at YC showed that he understood something about the idea. “When we had our early conversation with the founders of Y Combinator, they were really excited about what we were doing because they kind of got a glimpse of what the next generation of companies would look like, and pretty much across the board everyone was building a remote company. “, – he said.
The company is currently a team of 9 people and they are hiring. Talmi sees a remote company as one way to build a more diverse team. “Just by being a remote company, we can hire people from different places. So you get that diversity a lot easier than if you were in the same market.”
While Talmi sees mixed economic conditions like everyone else, he believes his company’s products are suitable for all conditions, especially as more companies move to remote work. “Many companies are struggling to get people back into the office and there is this tension that many have been talking about in recent months… And it is clear that even with a market downturn there will be a long period. changing the term for how people work and how companies work, with remote work really becoming sort of the default.”
Today’s $6 million seed round was led by strategic investor Atlassian with the help of Y Combinator, Zoom Ventures, Maven Ventures, Tuesday Capital and Cardumen Capital.
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