Office software maker Pingboard launches after 8 months of testing
Jun 13, 2014
American Business Journal
Pingboard Inc., an office management software maker, launched publicly Thursday after eight months of beta testing.
The Austin-based company spent the testing period collecting feedback from 175 companies with 4,000 individual users. It's now marketing the software to office managers for $1 per month for each employee, CEO Bill Boebel said Thursday.
Pingboard, which was founded in 2013 by Boebel and Rob Eanes, employs eight workers and operates at the Capital Factory downtown.
Boebel, who is manager of the downtown incubator and co-space operator Capital Factory, developed the software to manage the Capital Factory’s member directory. Pingboard describes the product as “the life of your office” and intended for office managers. It's best for small companies of 50 to 100 workers, he said.
The software is designed to solve problems that are typical with office operations such as messaging employees. Company information is housed in one directory that can be updated by the employees themselves. It can also be shared or kept private.
Since most office managers keep employee directory information in Google apps, Pingboard changed an earlier version of its software to enable users to integrate data with Google apps, Boebel said.
In January, Pingboard disclosed receiving a $1.2 million financing from a syndicate of local investors led by venture capital firm Silverton Partners
Boebel previously founded, and was chief technology officer of, Webmail.us, a Virginia-based company acquired for an undisclosed amount in 2007 by San Antonio-based Rackspace Hosting Inc. (NYSE: RAX).