🔥 Crunch #045: Office Capacity Insights, Creator Wall of Love

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🇫🇷 Cafe: Software that empowers people to decide where to work from. (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: undisclosed pre-seed/seed, YC S21 Cohort)

How it works

In a nutshell, Café gives office workers insights into when they should go to the office.

Set your status for the week (NYC office, WFH, vacation) and find out who's in the office in the upcoming days.

The Team

Based in Paris, France, co-founded by Tom Nguyen and Arthur Nguyen.

“I'm Tom, co-founder, and CEO of Café. The way we work has changed for good, and we're all just beginning to figure out how to manage in-person office and remote work arrangements. We built Cafe to make your transition back to a hybrid work world simple and employee-centric.”

The backstory

After the lockdown, my older brother, and I, struggled to sync with our teams: we never knew when and where to meet. We created a spreadsheet so everybody could input their upcoming plans — but it failed, nobody used it.

So we talked to over 200 people, mostly HR and Workplace managers, and found that they also were struggling with the same thing. My brother and I then started Cafe to solve this new problem. Our ultimate mission is to connect people regardless of where they are and enable teams to be as creative and productive as possible.

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🇺🇸🇨🇦 Shoutout: Helps creators, startups leverage the social proof they get on all social channels and convert them into beautiful walls of love in 3 minutes. — (Founded 2020, Total Funding Amount: bootstrapped)

How it works

The idea is to attract more customers by highlighting why people trust you.

Shoutout makes it incredibly easy to tap into your existing social proof and turn it into a beautiful "Wall of Love".

The Metrics

The Team

Based in North America + remote, co-founded by Sharath Kuruganty (@5harath), Curtis Cummings (@curtisjcummings).

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