I have 17 years of experience in the industry and created offices for Google, Cisco, Volkswagen, and other big companies. I have 750 office projects under my belt, including headquarters up to 5 million sq ft.
What I noticed then is that all my clients lacked effective office management tools. Despite creating beautiful office spaces and filling them with modern furniture, they didn't have the software to manage these spaces effectively. I saw this as a really scalable market opportunity.
I reached out to Condeco, a company that was already creating office management tools. They installed special devices into the desktops that could track the presence of an employee in the office. I needed to find a solution for 200 tables for Cargill, a company I was working with at the time. However, Condeco's quote wasn't satisfactory. They took four months to prepare a quote and offered $200,000 for 200 tables, which was too expensive even for Cargill.
At that point, I realized that existing solutions didn't allow them to prepare quotes quickly, and the cost of the solution was very high even for a large company.
So, I decided to create my own solution. We launched the first version of inspace in July 2021, and very soon we had our first paying customer. Fortunately for us, this and other customers are still with us, which speaks volumes about the quality of our product.