Tactile launched today as a company with $11.2 million in series A funding from Accel Partners and Redpoint Ventures.
With an initial focus on salespeople, the company also introduced its first app, Tact, which automatically syncs customer data.
Tactile's patent-pending personal sync platform ties the sales professional's essential business data from email, calendars, tasks, contacts, LinkedIn, and Salesforce. Further, with a simple swipe, important details can be synced back to the company.
Prior to launching Tactile, founder and CEO Chuck Ganapathi was senior vice president of products at Salesforce.com and responsible for building the company's Sales Cloud, Chatter, and Mobile products. Earlier in his career, he developed CRM products at Siebel Systems, helping the company transition from the client-server platform to the Web. Most recently, he served as entrepreneur-in-residence at Accel Partners, where he incubated the idea for Tactile.
"In my 18 years in enterprise software, I've never met an end-user who isn't frustrated by disconnected, company-mandated tools," Ganapathi said in a statement. "In our personal lives, we have come to expect everything—photos, music, documents—to be available everywhere and instantly up to date. Sync is the defining technology of this generation, and we are on a mission to bring its power to our work lives and deliver business applications that people love."
"From the start, we've been aligned with Chuck's vision to invert the top-down enterprise software industry model," said Kevin Efrusy, who led Accel's investment in Tactile, in a statement. "With its people-first approach and groundbreaking technology, Tactile is taking a fresh look at an important market, and we are excited to join forces with Redpoint in helping Chuck and his team define a new category."