Kandji, a cell gadget administration (MDM) startup, launched final October. Which means it was attempting to construct the early stage firm simply because the pandemic hit earlier this yr. However an organization that helps handle gadgets remotely has been in demand on this surroundings, and at this time it introduced a $21 million Sequence A.
Greycroft led the spherical with participation from new traders Okta Ventures and B Capital Group, and current investor First Spherical Capital. At this time’s funding brings the full raised to $28.4 million, based on the corporate.
What Kandji is constructing is a classy zero-touch gadget administration answer to assist bigger corporations handle their fleet of Apple gadgets, together with maintaining them in compliance with a selected algorithm. As CEO and co-founder Adam Pettit told TechCrunch on the time of his seed funding final yr:
“We’re the one product that has virtually 200 of those one-click coverage frameworks we name parameters. So a corporation can go in and browse by compliance framework, or now we have pre-built templates for corporations that don’t essentially have a particular compliance mandate in thoughts,” he stated.
Monty Grey, SVP of company improvement at Okta, says Okta Ventures is investing as a result of it sees this strategy as a precious extension of the corporate’s mission.
“Kandji’s gadget administration streamlines the commonest and complicated duties for Apple IT directors and allows distributed workforces to stand up and operating rapidly and securely,” he stated in an announcement.
It appears to be working. Because the firm’s launch final yr it reviews it has gained lots of of recent paying prospects and grown from 10 workers at launch to 40 at this time. Pettit says that he has plans to triple that quantity within the subsequent 12 months. As he builds the corporate, he says discovering and hiring a various pool of candidates is a vital objective.
“There are methods to increase out into completely different candidate swimming pools so that you simply’re not simply trying on the standard candidates that you simply usually would. There are particular methods to scale back bias within the hiring course of. So once more, I believe we take a look at this as completely essential, and we’re excited to construct a extremely numerous firm over the subsequent a number of years,” he stated.
He notes that the funding is not going to solely allow him to construct the worker base, but additionally broaden the product too, and up to now yr, it has already taken it from primary MDM into compliance and there are new options coming as they proceed to develop the product.
“If somebody noticed our product a yr in the past, it’s a really completely different product at this time, and it’s allowed us to maneuver up market into the enterprise, which has been very thrilling for us,” he stated.