Singapore based Deskimo, the on-demand app that lets people find coworking spaces and pay per minute, today announced it has raised $ 3 million in funding. It also has a smooth launch in Jakarta, bringing its total markets to three, along with Singapore and Hong Kong. Round participants included Y Combinator (Deskimo was part of its summer 2021 cohort), Global Founders Capital, Pioneer Fund, Seed X, Starling Ventures and TSVC.
The startup was founded earlier this year by Raphael Cohen, former Asia manager at Rocket Internet, and Christian Mischler, co-founder of Foodpanda, HotelQuickly and GuestReady. Instead of delivering its app directly to consumers, Deskimo works with companies that have a hybrid workplace model. The app is available to employees, who typically work from home but may want to move away to concentrate or take calls (Mischler said average Deskimo users spend 3 hours at a desk, but some stay all day) . It partners with coworking spaces, including WeWork, The Hive, Executive Center and Garage Society, providing them with additional sources of income.
Mischler told TechCrunch in an email that the startup has expanded to Jakarta because it targets cities with high traffic congestion and where real estate infrastructure is generally less developed than in cities like Hong Kong or Singapore. âIndonesia is the largest market in Southeast Asia and Jakarta is one of the first markets where Singaporean businesses are growing, which is why many of our existing client companies were asking for the ability to use Deskimo. there, that’s why we prioritized Deskimo in Jakarta. other metropolitan areas in Southeast Asia.
In Jakarta, Deskimo has contracted with more than 40 workspaces so far for its smooth launch, with plans to add around 10-20 more locations by the end of this year. In all of its cities, it is looking for spaces outside of the central business districts so that users can find offices close to their homes. For example, in Hong Kong and Singapore, around a third of Deskimo’s spaces are located in residential areas. In Jakarta, spaces are more evenly distributed across the city, Mischler said, with around 60% of its partner workspaces located outside of the CBD.
âAs COVID-related restrictions continue to ease, we expect spaces to get busier, which is why we will continue to add options to the app to ensure availability near all Deskimo users, âhe added.
In the last three months since its launch, Deskimo has also added several new services in response to user demand, including the ability to book centrally located meeting rooms. It is also testing flat-rate subscriptions in addition to its current pay-as-you-go model. Other features that Deskimo is working on include the ability for master account holders to bring a guest, prepaid credits for businesses in addition to month-end bills, and a price cap for users who want to spend the entire time. day in a space.