The Org, a Danish-American startup on a mission to make any company’s organisation chart public, has raised a $8.5 million Series A round led by Founders Fund. Sequoia Capital, Balderton Capital, and a group of angel investors also participated.
Company structures are changing, from the oft-touted flat hierarchies to the evolving and merging functional teams — HR is now “People Operations”, marketing is now “Growth”, and sales and customer success can be combined under “Revenue.” As a result, modern companies can be hard to understand, for folks outside the business and even for employees inside. “Today, information about teams is unstructured, scattered, and unverified, making it hard for employees and recruiters to understand organizational structures,” said Roelof Both of Sequoia Capital. Generally speaking, The Org wants to make a business more transparent by exposing the anatomy of team roles and responsibilities. Through a combination of research and crowdsourcing, the startup has compiled a database of 16,000 organization charts.
“Up-to-date org charts can be useful for everything from recruiting to sales, but they are difficult and time consuming to piece together. The Org is making this valuable information easily accessible in a way we were never able to do at LinkedIn,” said Keith Rabois, a former VP at LinkedIn and current partner at Founders Fund who will join the startup’s board. Founded in 2017 by Danish entrepreneurs Christian Wylonis (CEO) and Andreas Jarbøl (CTO), The Org will use the latest funding to accelerate product development and grow its teams in Copenhagen and New York City. The startup also plans to launch a jobs platform this year.