Crossbeam, a Philadelphia startup has developed profound ways to automate partnership data integration. The company announced a $25 million Series B investment with leads from Redpoint Ventures and with help from existing investors FirstMark Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Slack Fund, Uncork Capital Okta Ventures and Partnership Leaders, a partnership industry association.
Crossbeam has been advancing steadily and that attracted the attention of investors, whom Moore says approached him. He was actually not thinking about fundraising until next year, but when the opportunity presented itself, he decided to seize it.
The platform has a natural networking effect built into it with over 900 companies using it so far. As new companies come on, they invite partners, who can join and invite more partners, and that creates a constant sales motion for them without much effort at all.
“We didn’t go out fundraising. We caught the eye of Redpoint because they could see the virality of the product and the extent to which it was being used by many of their portfolio companies and companies out in the market,” CEO and co-founder Bob Moore told TechCrunch.
“The idea here is what we’ve seen in the data is that we can create a whole lot of value for people and demonstrate really strong ROI once they get in the door and actually have access to that data, and they don’t have to worry about a free trial where the data is going away,” Moore explained.
Moore says they currently have 28 employees and have ambitious plans to add new people to the mix in the coming months, expecting to reach 50 employees by early 2021. As the company revs up on the personnel side, Moore says diversity is front and center of their plans.
“As far as Crossbeam specifically goes, we’ve made sure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of our entire recruiting process and also the cultural experience that we create for people that are at the company,” he said. Although he didn’t discuss specific numbers, he said the company was making progress, particularly in the latest round of hires.
While the company has an office in Philly, even before COVID hit, it was a remote-first organization with about half of the employees working from home. “I think a lot of our culture was kind of built to make sure that remote team members are first-class citizens in every respect in the company. So we already had all the controls, technology, and practices in place, and when we shut the office, it was about as smooth as could be,” he said.