Meet Our Hive
We’re here to help realize the power, potential, and value of every single employee. We live by our core values. That’s why we believe in working together, bee-ing positive, and inspiring each other. Because we only succeed when our whole team does.
Prior to founding Beekeeper, Cris worked for Accenture on high profile international projects in the field of IT Strategy for the financial and public sectors. Cris studied Chemical Engineering and got his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, both at ETH Zurich. Before moving to beautiful Zurich, Cris was born and raised in an entrepreneurial Swiss-Mexican family in Mexico City.
We Are Beekeeper
How It All Started
Beekeeper was founded in 2012 by Cristian Grossmann (PhD in Engineering) and Flavio Pfaffhauser (MSc in Computer Science), two friends with one big idea. They were both passionate about connecting people through technology, so they created Spocal, a student social network. Users found the platform so intuitive and engaging, they started using it for everyday communication. Companies started contacting them with requests to use the platform for their business to adapt it to their needs and improve business processes. They quickly realized just how many businesses struggled due to a lack of high-quality, engaging tools for internal communication and knew they could fill that need with intuitive mobile technology. Now, Beekeeper has a strong presence in Silicon Valley and Europe, with customers in more than 130 different countries.
Connect the Unconnected
We wanted to help geographically distributed workforces and non-desk employees feel as if they were sitting right next to each other and to keep everyone in the company aligned. Companies with a large number of non-desk employees have a hard time keeping them in the loop with the rest of the organization. Beekeeper bridges this gap by connecting operational systems and communication channels within one secure platform that is accessible by mobile and desktop devices. You can customize it, schedule automated messages, establish communication streams, create and distribute employee surveys, and so much more. There are endless opportunities for making operations more simple and efficient, all while keeping your teams more engaged and happy to come to work.
From a college social platform to a mobile communication app for the world’s non-desk workforce, we’ve never given up on our mission to help people stay connected. Watch our journey from 8 employees to 200 in this impact story from one of our investors, Hammer Team.
The Beekeeper management team is comprised of digital industry experts and experienced SaaS leaders.
Before founding Beekeeper, Flavio worked as a Software Engineer for startups in Switzerland and India. He studied Computer Science at ETH Zurich and at the University of Washington in Seattle, specializing in cloud data storage systems. As the CTO at Beekeeper, he is excited to shape the digital workplace for 2 billion non-desk employees worldwide.