Rock builds a productivity platform for distributed teams

Rock, a truly multimodal communications platform that combines asynchronous and synchronous communication modes, today announced a $ 1.2 million pre-seed round. The round was led by Section 32, a venture capital firm founded by Bill Maris, and with participation from angel investor Manik Gupta (former Chief Product Officer of Uber), Aadil Mamujee (Head of Product of Automattic / and Marc Vanlerberghe (former VP of Google and former CMO of Medallia). Capital will support the company’s global growth ambitions to fulfill its mission: to empower anyone to work from everywhere at a time when many companies and individuals are making long-term decisions to move to a more distributed way of working.

Rock is an intuitive and easy to use productivity platform that enables distributed teams to communicate and collaborate more effectively with each other. Integrate messaging, tasks, notes, and platforms like Zoom and Google Drive into one tool so teamwork becomes smoother and more productive.

“We recognize remote working is here to stay and support Rock’s long-term vision to build a productivity platform that simplifies the way we work, is accessible to anyone, and increases productivity for every individual, project or team independently. where it is from, ”said Bill Maris, founder of Section 32 and founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, an early Slack investor.

Rock created the first truly multimodal communication platform that combines synchronous and asynchronous communication modes to increase the productivity of distributed teams. As a result, there’s no need to switch between apps to get the job done as all communication and collaboration can happen within Rock. With Rock, cross-organizational work happens more smoothly as part-time, freelance, and other external partners who are now more commonly part of an extended team can have access to the same information as everyone else. Rock launched in November 2020, and as the workplace undergoes a major transformation due to an ongoing pandemic, it has experienced accelerated growth and demand for its services. Rock is currently used by thousands of users and hundreds of teams in 26 countries, from from the United States to India, via the United Kingdom and Kenya, serving startups, marketing teams, agencies, nonprofits and organizations working with external partners.

“The challenges faced by distributed and remote teams today have been greatly accelerated by the ongoing pandemic. People work longer hours, have more meetings, and it’s harder to disconnect because communication still happens mostly in real time using platforms, which aren’t. never intended to be used by distributed teams, “said Kenzo Fong, CEO and co-founder of Rock.

“We believe that communication should be asynchronous by default and synchronous when needed, allowing anyone to respond at their own pace while saving video calls and real-time conversations for more complex topics. This is why Rock combines both asynchronous and synchronous. Eliminate the pressure of responding immediately to instant messages and notifications and always be online. With Rock, you can organize all your projects, keep it simple and keep your team productive. ” “Everyone has been impressed by remote working and Rock has enormous potential in rethinking our daily workflow by offering technology that helps us be more productive. With businesses moving to a distributed workforce, my hope is that productivity tools like Rock also open up new opportunities for people outside of Silicon Valley’s traditional innovation hub, “said Manik Gupta, angel investor and former Chief Product Officer at Uber.

“As the person leading a distributed product development team, I believe in the need for reinvented tools that power distributed work. These tools should be more asynchronous, enable transparency, and connect previously isolated workflows. Rock is up to it and they are. excited about the product vision shown by the team, “said Aadil Mamujee, angel investor and Head of Product at Automattic /, a fully distributed company.

Rock is a first distributed company with a team spread across 10 countries and 7 time zones. Rock’s founding team is comprised of Kenzo Fong, CEO and co-founder of Rock (formerly of Google, formerly of Android, formerly of Uber Executive) and Ming Li, CTO and co-founder of Rock, (formerly of Google and Bytedance). More information on

About RockRock enables multimodal collaboration in a remote and distributed business world. Help organize and simplify any project across time zones and borders by combining messages, tasks, files, video calls and notes in one place. Based in San Francisco, California, Rock’s mission is to empower anyone to work from at any place. Rock is available on the web, iOS and Android. For more information, visit Logo –

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