Vivun Snags $35M Series B to Help Enterprises Accelerate Product-Market Fit Through PreSales
OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Talk about a hot hand. Just four months after announcing its Series A, Vivun is back with new investment: $35M in Series B funding led by Menlo Ventures, with new investors Salesforce Ventures and Atlassian Ventures participating along with existing backers Accel and Unusual Ventures. The latest investment comes as Vivun caps a year of rapid growth, bringing on a slew of enterprise customers such as Autodesk, Okta, Cloudera and Dell.
“PreSales is a critical business function that has been completely underserved. No platform had existed prior to Vivun to support their workflows and enable their success,” said Menlo Ventures partner Matt Murphy.
“Vivun’s vision goes beyond becoming a hub for PreSales, and that’s why their approach is so transformational,” Murphy continued. “Matt Darrow and his team lived this problem in their prior roles and keyed in on the fact that once you unlock the potential of PreSales, a host of benefits follow. The ability for organizations to find, and enhance, product market fit fast by surfacing critical needs across the org is a powerful example. What Vivun is offering is truly unique in the market.”
Vivun is the first software platform dedicated to PreSales (also called sales engineering or sales consulting), the team that sits at the intersection of product and sales, coordinating technical implementations and working side-by-side with the customer. Vivun captures customer feedback at the moment PreSales receives it, using AI to cluster it, prioritize it and tie it to opportunities and revenue. Vivun gives product teams a North Star, guiding decisions about what features and new products to develop and when, with data to support each decision. Integration with Jira and Salesforce provides bidirectional communication back to the field when new products are ready to be sold.
"With these kinds of results, it’s fitting—and no coincidence—that the venture arms of Atlassian and Salesforce joined the round," said Vivun CEO and cofounder Matt Darrow.
“We’ve always said, the key to product-market fit is to bridge the gap between sales and product,” Darrow said. “No one knows more about empowering revenue teams than Salesforce, and no one knows more about empowering product teams than Atlassian. Vivun provides the missing piece: an intelligent hub that brings the two together, driven by PreSales.”
Vivun’s backers from Atlassian Ventures and Salesforce Ventures agreed.
“There's a consistent rhythm and flow when you have product-market fit,” said Matt Garratt, Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures. “You can only maintain that when sales and product teams are in sync. Vivun had the insight to realize that PreSales was the key to achieving that flow on a predictable and consistent basis, ensuring organizations never lose their agility and responsiveness.”
This sentiment was echoed by Chris Hecht at Atlassian Ventures: “Until now, there was no good way to keep sales and product aligned in that ideal zone, because they were working in their own silos with limited visibility. That’s what makes Vivun so remarkable. It opens up the business’s view in a way no other product does.”
For more information, visit Vivun’s website here.
Vivun is the world’s first AI-powered platform for PreSales, unleashing their strategic potential and creating a seamless interlock between sales and product. Using Hero™ by Vivun, organizations increase forecast accuracy by leveraging the technical conscience of every deal, find revenue by reviving dormant opportunities and deliver winning products by tapping into the collective insights from the field. Cofounded by Matt Darrow, John Bruce, Dominique Darrow, Claire Bruce and Joseph Miller, Vivun works with startups like Harness and Fivetran, growth companies like Seismic and Okta and global enterprises like Autodesk and Dell. Visit vivun.com to learn more and request a demo.
About Menlo Ventures
Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that strives to have a positive impact on everything we do. That’s why we support businesses including Carta, Chime, Harness, Poshmark, Pillpack, Roku, Rover, Uber and Warby Parker that are reimagining life and work for the better. Over 44 years, we’ve grown a portfolio that includes more than 70 public companies, over 150 mergers and acquisitions, and currently have $5.5 billion under management. We invest at every stage and in every sector, with expertise in Consumer, Enterprise and Healthcare. From developing market strategies to creating communities, we provide real impact where entrepreneurs need it most. When we’re in, we’re ALL IN.