本周，总部位于法国巴黎的Spendesk公司刚刚获得了990万美元的风险投资。投资方为Michael Benabou、Laurent Asscher、Showpad联合创始人路易Jonckheere以及Index Ventures。截止目前，该公司已经累计获得1200万美元的融资。
Spendesk的目标是改变公司管理支付方式。如今的法国公务支出现状混乱，支出流程十分繁琐，即便你只花 3 欧元买两杯咖啡，也需要拿到纸质收据，这也是为什么很多人不愿进行小额公务支出的原因。因此，Spendesk 公司利用银行业的最新创新，开发了一个软件。通过这个SaaS应用程序将公司卡完全集成到可定制的审批和簿记工作流程中。这样企业首席财务官和会计师现在可以轻松地为员工创造和管理信用卡，让他们在日常交易中使用。加上获得本轮融资后，让 Spendesk 公司有了足够的制卡资源，他们计划开放实体卡申请，未来企业客户旗下的每一个员工都会获得一张实体商务卡。之后，员工就不需要在公务支出时先垫付自己的私人资金。总而言之他们搭建的这个平台可以简化公司的业务支出——供应商支付、公司开支、信用卡费用，为财务团队自动化大部分任务，节省了大量的时间。
Paris-based Spendesk said today that it has raised $9.9 million in venture capital as it prepares to scale its platform and expand across Europe.
Spendesk’s service is designed to simplify the process of approving and managing employees’ expense reports. But that’s just a starting point for a company that eventually wants to become a platform for facilitating all payments made by a company, according to CEO and cofounder Rodolphe Ardant.
Founded in 2016, Spendesk is notable in part because it counts Ardant among its cofounders. Ardant was cofounder of digital advertising startup Wozaik, which was sold in 2013 to France’s version of the Yellow Pages. He then went to work as COO for Drivy, another high-flying French startup, which has raised about $43 million for its car rental marketplace. But he left after a year to become an entrepreneur-in-residence at eFounders, where he developed the idea for Spendesk. Such serial entrepreneurship and job-hopping may be common in Silicon Valley, but it is still largely the exception in Europe.
Right now, Spendesk offers two products. The first is a virtual credit card that a company can generate to allow an employee to make a one-time purchase or sign up for a subscription for a service. The second is a plastic credit card that’s tied to an app. Whenever an employee makes a purchase with the card, they can take a picture of the receipt, and the expense is immediately reported to the finance team — with no further expense reporting needed.
But the company wants to move beyond just eliminating the administrative hassle of reporting and approving expenses. Eventually, Ardant said the goal is to continue developing the platform so it can manage all aspects of spending and purchasing at a company. In less than two years, Spendesk has signed up 600 customers, which attracted the attention of investors. Spendesk has now raised a total of about $13 million, including its seed funding.