Launched in solely November final 12 months, the Craft Docs app — which was constructed from the bottom up as an iOS app for collaborative paperwork — has secured an $8 million Sequence A spherical led by Creandum. Additionally taking part was InReach Ventures, Gareth Williams, former CEO and co-founder of Skyscanner, and numerous different tech entrepreneurs, a lot of whom are ex-Skyscanner.
At the moment out there on iOS, iPadOS and MacOS, Craft now plans to launch APIs, prolonged integrations, and a browser-based editor in 2021. It has aspirations to change into an identical product to Notion, and the founder and CEO Balint Grosz instructed me over a Zoom name that “Notion could be very a lot centered round writing and wikis and all that form of stuff. We have now a variety of customers coming from Notion, however we consider we now have a greater resolution for individuals, primarily for written content material. Notion could be very sturdy with its databases and structural content material. Individuals simply occur to make use of it for different stuff. So we’re seen as a really sturdy competitor by our customers, due to the similarities within the product. I don’t consider our markets overlap a lot, however proper now from the surface individuals do change from Notion to us, and so they do understand us as being opponents.”
He instructed me this was much less all the way down to the app expertise than “the hierarchical content material. We have now this construction the place you possibly can create notes inside notes, so with each chunk of textual content you add content material and navigate type, and add within that – and notion has that as properly. And that may be a characteristic which not many merchandise have, so that’s the major purpose why individuals have a tendency to check us.”
Craft says it’s primary benefits over Notion are UX; Knowledge storage and privateness (Craft is offline first, with real-time sync and collaboration; you need to use third get together cloud companies (i.e. iCloud); and integrations with different instruments.
Orosz was beforehand accountable for Skyscanner’s cellular technique after the corporate acquired his earlier firm, Distinction.
Fredrik Cassel, Normal Associate at Creandum, mentioned in an announcement: “Since our first discussions we’ve been impressed by each the quantity of affection customers have for Craft, in addition to the crew’s distinctive potential to create a product that’s stunning and highly effective on the similar time. The upcoming options round connectivity and information accessibility really set Craft other than the competitors.”
Roberto Bonazinga, Co-founder at InReach Ventures, added: “We invested in Craft on day zero as a result of we have been fascinated by the readability and the boldness of Balint’s imaginative and prescient – to reinvent how tens of millions of individuals can construction their ideas and write them down in the best and delightful manner.”
The launch and funding of the Craft startup suggests there’s something of a “Skyscanner Mafia” rising, after its acquisition by Journey.com Group (previously Ctrip), the biggest journey agency in China, $1.75 billion in 2016.
Different backers of the corporate embody Carlos Gonzalez (former CPO at Skyscanner, CTPO at GoCardless), Filip Filipov (former VP Technique at Skyscanner), Ross McNairn (former CEO at Dorsai, CPO at TravelPerk), Stefan Lesser (former Expertise and Partnership Supervisor at Apple) and Akos Kapui (Former Head of Expertise at Skyscanner, VP of Engineering at Shapr3D).