Qwilr, an Aussie start-up that turns boring, offline documents into beautiful web pages, has announced it has raised $1.5 million from venture capital firm Point Nine.
It is the global firm’s first investment in an Australian company, which is also behind SaaS start-up heavyweights Zendesk, Typeform and Unbounce.
Point Nine co-founder and managing partner Christoph Janz is set to join Qwilr’s board.
Commenting on the announcement, Janz said: “25 years ago, the default format for sales proposals and many other documents was still paper. Over the last 20 years or so, Word, Powerpoint and PDF documents became the new standard. I’m pretty sure that in the next 10 years there will be another paradigm shift.
“We’re confident that Qwilr can play a key role in building the document of the future and we’re thrilled to be partners on that journey.”
Qwilr co-founder and CEO Dylan Baskind (pictured above, left) said the start-up will use the $1.5 million from Point Nine to further expand its products and team.
“Since launching, Qwilr has helped thousands of businesses find the elusive balance between form and function,” he said.
“In the months ahead, we’re going to further refine and develop our product offering and we won’t stop until creating web content is so easy, simple and fast that literally anyone can do it.”
Qwilr co-founder Mark Tanner (pictured above, right) said the company will also make a series of strategic hires across its design, engineering and marketing teams to further its international growth and solidify its position as a major player in web document design.
“We are looking for talent ready for a career challenge in a fast-paced, collaborative team,” he said.
“Our company is tackling fascinating, complex problems in design to stay ahead of the curve, and we are on the hunt for technically-minded, out-of-the-box thinkers to join us.
Since raising its first $500,000 from the Sydney Seed Fund and Macdoch Ventures in 2015, Qwilr has tripled the size of its team, opened a US office and grown revenue 45 times over.
Qwilr is used by over 40,000 businesses in more than 80 countries, and has helped customers generate over a quarter of a billion dollars in accepted quotes on the platform.