Kona, a San Francisco-based employee experience platform that puts people first, announced that it raised $4 million in seed funding to help remote companies stay on top of employee wellbeing.
The round was led by Unusual Ventures, with participation from Evolutionary Ventures, 2.12 Angels, Tony Jamous, Louis Beryl, David Carrico, James Beshara, former Amazon executive Jeff Wilke, and more (including many of our early customers).
This round of funding will allow us to build our vision of being the people-first employee experience platform.
With this round, Kona also created a Free Forever plan - teams can now use Kona’s basic suite of features completely free of charge.
Round: Seed Round
Funding Month: July 2022
Lead Investors: Unusual Ventures
Additional Investors: Evolutionary Ventures, 2.12 Angels, Tony Jamous, Louis Beryl, David Carrico, James Beshara, and Jeff Wilke
Company Website: https://www.heykona.com/
Software Category: People-first employee engagement platform
About the Company: Founded by Andrew Zhou, Sid Pandiya, and Corine Tan, Kona is the employee experience platform that puts people first, Kona building the platform every employer will use to deliver a world-class employee experience. Kona’s mission is to make it mainstream to be a good person at work. Kona’s team has interviewed 1,000+ remote managers since January 2020. Kona helps managers build people-first leadership skills, enabling them to build daily habits to build trust and stay on top of mental health. The first Kona habit is sharing how you feel at work. Managers use Kona to conduct daily emotional check-in in Slack, allowing them to immediately identify and mitigate instances of burnout. Kona coaches’ managers on how to support team members in key moments of stress and work-related frustration. With Kona, companies gain nuanced, real-time data and analytics about why burnout trends occur that can be used to build culture, take action to prevent attrition, and create a psychologically safe team environment.