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Feb 15, 2017
Marketing Manager @Staffjoy. Helping businesses run smoother, one schedule at a time. Jan 10 Staffjoy Announces V2 and $1.2M Seed Round It’s a new year and we’re introducing a whole new way of scheduling. When we launched Staffjoy in 2015, we took the algorithms that big corporations use to schedule thousands of workers and made them available to small businesses. We built Staffjoy Boss and Flex based on that mission. Since then, we closed a $1.2M seed round of venture funding led by Caffeinated Capital with participation from Brainchild Holdings, Haystack Fund, and more. But then we realized something. Through numerous user interviews we noticed that what we built was overly complex. So we set out to simplify the scheduling process for small businesses with a software that was easier to use. That’s how we arrived at Staffjoy V2. It takes it back to basics by focusing solely on the scheduling experience. Why V2? With V2, we wanted to create a low cost solution for small and medium sized businesses. While scheduling is hardly the most exciting part of running a business, we know what saving time is paramount in today’s fast paced economy. With our introduction of Staffjoy V2, we improve and streamline the scheduling process. Messaging is the Future Our mission throughout has been to create flexibility by scheduling hourly workers online and communicating with them using text messages. During our user interviews a few things came up numerous times that changed the course of our software. One was that many restaurant employees don’t have smartphones and don’t use email. That means that using an app or even emailing out schedules as PDFs doesn’t work for a number of businesses. Instead, small businesses typically have a paper schedule that employees can copy down, call in to inquire about, or take a picture of to refer to later on. Beyond creating schedules, it became clear that schedule communication was a major pain point. The back and forth to communicate schedules (and changes to it) wastes a lot of valuable time. These administrative tasks add up. We believe that business owners and managers have better things to do than calling and texting employees to make sure they’re aware of when they’re working. To solve this, we introduced a text bot because messaging is the ideal channel to reach workers without smartphones or email addresses. The Staffjoy V2 web app allows managers to schedule their hourly employees quickly by dragging and dropping to assign shifts to employees. When it’s all ready to go and managers publish, employees get alerts about their new shifts by text message. Every mainstream cell phone has the ability to receive text messages, whether it’s a burner flip phone or the latest iPhone. Changes to the schedule are sometimes needed, say when someone gets sick. Instead of group texting all employees, our text bot only contacts the affected employees with their new schedules. Give it a Try You’ve learned all about Staffjoy V2 and I’m sure you’re ready to try it for yourself. Sign up for a free trial here . We’d love to hear your feedback! Feel free to send any suggestions or corrections to us here: firstname.lastname@example.org . Happy scheduling!