HoneyBook, which has constructed out a shopper expertise and monetary administration platform for service-based small companies and freelancers, introduced immediately that it has raised $155 million in a Sequence D spherical led by Sturdy Capital Companions LP.
Tiger World Administration, Battery Ventures, Zeev Ventures, 01 Advisors in addition to present backers Norwest Enterprise Companions and Citi Ventures additionally participated within the financing, which brings the New York-based firm’s valuation to over $1 billion. With the most recent spherical, HoneyBook has now raised $215 million since its 2013 inception. The Sequence D is an enormous soar from the $28 million that HoneyBook raised in March 2019.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit final yr, HoneyBook’s management crew was involved concerning the potential affect on their enterprise and braced themselves for a drop in income.
Relatively than lay off individuals, they as a substitute requested everybody to take a pay reduce, and that included the manager crew, who reduce theirs “by double” the remainder of the workers.
“I keep in mind it was terrifying. We knew that our clients’ companies have been going to be impacted dramatically, and would affect ours on the similar time dramatically,” remembers CEO Oz Alon. “We needed to make some laborious choices.”
However the resilience of HoneyBook’s buyer base stunned even the corporate, who ended up reinstating these salaries just some months later. And, as company layoffs pushed by the COVID-19 pandemic led to extra individuals deciding to begin their very own companies, HoneyBook noticed an enormous surge in demand.
“Our members who noticed a success in demand went out and located demand in one other factor,” Oz mentioned. Consequently, HoneyBook ended up doubling its variety of members on its SaaS platform and tripling its annual recurring income (ARR) over the previous 12 months. Members booked greater than $1 billion in enterprise on the platform previously 9 months alone.
HoneyBook combines instruments like billing, contracts, and shopper communication on its platform with the objective of serving to enterprise homeowners keep organized. Since its inception, service suppliers throughout the U.S. and Canada corresponding to graphic designers, occasion planners, digital entrepreneurs and photographers have booked greater than $3 billion in enterprise on its platform. And because the pandemic had extra individuals shift to doing extra issues on-line, HoneyBook ready to assist its members adapt by being armed with digital instruments.
“Purchasers now count on streamlined communication, seamless funds, and the identical stage of outstanding service on-line, that they have been used to receiving from enterprise homeowners in individual,” Alon mentioned.
Oz and co-founder/spouse, Naama, have been each small enterprise homeowners themselves at one time, so that they had firsthand perception on the ache factors of operating a service-based enterprise.
HoneyBook’s software program not solely helps SMBs do extra enterprise, however helps them “convert potentials to precise purchasers,” Oz mentioned.
“We assist them talk with potential purchasers to allow them to win their enterprise, after which assist them handle the connection to allow them to maintain them,” Naama mentioned.
The corporate plans to make use of its new capital towards continued product growth and to “dramatically” enhance its 103-person headcount throughout its New York and Tel Aviv places of work.
“We’re seeing a lot demand for added providers and merchandise, so we undoubtedly wish to make investments and create higher methods for our members to current themselves on-line,” Alon instructed TechCrunch. “We’re additionally seeing demand for monetary merchandise and the power to entry capital quicker. In order that’s just some of the issues we plan to put money into.”
The corporate additionally desires to make its platform “extra customizable” for various classes and verticals.
Chelsea Stoner, normal associate at Battery Ventures, mentioned her agency acknowledged that the expansive market of productiveness instruments to serve small companies and entrepreneurs was “a market of discrete and separate productiveness instruments.”
HoneyBook, she mentioned, is a real platform for SMBs, “offering an enormous array of performance in a single cohesive UX.”
“It unites and connects each process for the solopreneurs, from creating and distributing advertising and marketing collateral, to organizing and executing proposals, to sending invoices and gathering funds,” Stoner mentioned. “The corporate is consistently innovating and iterating in response to its members; we additionally see a whole lot of alternative with funds going ahead…And, on account of Covid-19 and different components, the corporate is sitting on pent-up demand that may speed up progress much more.”