Serial entrepreneur Gasser pumps S$100,000 into Collabspot
By Digital News Asia May 27, 2013
- To join as director of business development, option to increase stake in future
- Collabspot first from current JFDI.Asia batch of startups to secure follow-on funding
SINGAPORE-based Collabspot Pte Ltd said that Laurent Gasser has agreed to join its board as director of business development and will also invest an initial S$100,000 in the business, reserving the option to increase his stake in future.
Gasser is a veteran Google Enterprise Partner and Google Apps Reseller, Collabspot said in a statement.
“Laurent [Gasser] generously gave his time to Collabspot as a mentor in the JFDI.Asia accelerator programme,” said Collabspot founder and chief executive officer Jeremi Joslin. “It was immediately apparent that his experience as the first non-American to be trained to provide Google Apps Solutions, even before they were launched, could give us a huge boost as we scale up worldwide.
“Laurent and I found ourselves working well together and it’s now a huge honour that he has agreed to join me to help lead the business in an executive role,” he added.
Gasser is a serial entrepreneur who brought Google its first multinational client for the Apps product range before co-founding Revevol in France in 2007. Now covering 10 countries, Revevol is a worldwide network dedicated to Google Apps.
Collabspot is a sales email platform that integrates CRM (customer relationship management) with Gmail. Its users are typically small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).
“When I met Jeremi [Joslin] I was struck by two things – the traction he had already achieved with Collabspot, and his vision for the future,” said Gasser.
“I join the business as it approaches break-even on its fixed costs and I am excited by the opportunity to use the capital that I am injecting to ramp up growth internationally,” he added.
Collabspot joined the JFDI.Asia accelerator programme in February 2013, receiving its first investment from the accelerator along with mentoring through the 100-day programme. Collabspot will present itself at JFDI.Asia’s forthcoming Demo Day on June 3.
It is the first company from the current JFDI.Asia batch of startups to secure follow-on funding. It was founded and incorporated in Singapore in 2012 by Joslin and a team of developers from the Philippines.
Collabspot claims that SMEs which use its platform see three benefits:
1) Simplified data entry, with the ability to save emails to CRM with a single click without having to manually enter them;
2) Increased CRM adoption, as a whole company can instantly view contact info, upcoming and recent activities, and manage opportunities and cases without opening the CRM; and
3) Increased productivity as data becomes more accessible to business developers and marketing/sales reps.