Zira Technologies Inc., a global cloud-based platform that optimizes labor-efficiency and employee morale for shift-based workforces, raised $3.1 million in its first round of financing. Lead investors General Catalyst and Abstract Ventures are joined by notable angel investors in the round, including Jana Messerschmidt, Lee Fixel, Aaron Schildkrout, Daniel Graf, and Joe Montana.
Zira is the brainchild of the former Uber product and design pair of Arjun Vora and Tito Goldstein. Vora, previously served as Uber’s Head of Driver Design while Tito Goldstein previously served as Uber’s Head of Product Design, Uber for Business. The duo is joined by engineering leads from Uber, Slack, Facebook, and Thought Spot.
“Management styles in many of these industries haven’t been updated in 100 years,” said Zira co-founder and CEO Tito Goldstein. “After talking with hundreds of managers and employees across a variety of industries, we felt it was time to take the burden off of managers and their employees. By providing a tool that makes these modern strategies a few clicks away, Zira can unlock the potential hidden in our world’s workforces.”
“With Zira, employees now have a voice in their work schedules, and our AI ensures that each voice is heard,” said Zira co-founder Arjun Vora. “By understanding preferences and past behaviors, Zira is able to create the best schedules and reward good performance.”