Wunderlist co-founder Christian Reber
German entrepreneur Christian Reber bought his to-do checklist app Wunderlist to Microsoft in 2015 for a sum that was reported to be between $100 million and $200 million solely to observe the U.S. tech large shut it down 4 years later.
Now he is simply raised funding for a follow-on app referred to as Superlist, which he is arrange with 4 different entrepreneurs together with two of the opposite Wunderlist co-founders.
Reber informed CNBC earlier this yr that the Wunderlist acquisition left him feeling “actually sad” and aggravated. One of many most important causes Reber was so pissed off when Microsoft shut down Wunderlist is as a result of he felt that the app by no means turned the product he wished to construct.
He did not quit there although. In 2021, he launched Superlist, which he describes because the “unofficial successor to Wunderlist” and a “ardour challenge.”
Superlist is a activity and challenge administration app that goals to assist individuals collaborate in a hybrid-working world. It is at present nonetheless within the second part of its launch life cycle.
“What we wished to do was construct the de facto commonplace software to collaborate on private tasks and in enterprise,” Reber informed CNBC earlier this yr, including that there are both enterprise merchandise like Asana and Trello or private to-do checklist apps like Issues or To Do.
“I really feel like nothing actually nailed the bridge between each,” he mentioned. “You both get like very cluttered software program that’s mainly optimized for challenge managers, otherwise you get like these very private to-do apps that make it unimaginable to collaborate.”
Superlist is designed to assist customers scale a challenge from one individual to 100 or 200 individuals.
The Berlin-headquartered firm introduced Monday that it has secured 10 million euros ($11 million) in a seed funding spherical led by enterprise capital agency EQT Ventures. Whole funding within the firm now stands at 13.5 million euros.
“The worldwide productiveness administration software program market is projected to achieve $102.98 billion by 2027, so there’s actual alternative for a software that harnesses group members’ individuality and focuses particularly on the challenges of the trendy office,” mentioned EQT Ventures associate Ted Persson in a press release.
Superlist mentioned it’s going to use the brand new funding to double the scale of its group from 20 to 40 by the top of 2022, with a deal with hiring builders, designers and product leads.
Along with Superlist, Reber has additionally co-founded a Microsoft PowerPoint competitor referred to as Pitch. The four-year-old enterprise, which employs round 160 individuals, has raised slightly over $130 million and it was most just lately valued at $600 million.
“I feel it is extremely straightforward to boost funding for know-how corporations proper now as a result of it is like there’s more cash than corporations in the marketplace,” Reber mentioned. “As a founder who’s beginning corporations extra ceaselessly, I really feel prefer it’s by no means been higher to boost.”