Shift Messenger

Messaging app for shift workers (retail, restaurants, etc.)

LOCATION San Francisco, CA

COMPANY SIZE Less than 5

# OF ENGINEERS Less than 5




TAGS Retail Technology, Restaurants, Hospitality, Messaging, Enterprise Software, Social Impact, SaaS, YC Winter 2015

What do we do?

We build a messaging app that helps shift workers solve everyday work problems, connect to their workplace communities, and build professional identities.

Why join us?

1) Founding team has been together for years (at and is solving a problem in a field (retail) where they have domain expertise ( was acquired by The Home Depot)

2) User retention is very high (60%+), and we're growing rapidly (30%+ this month)

3) Huge, underserved market (600m worldwide shift workers) with major social impact

4) Chance to build and own a mobile client from scratch (we're in Cordova now but transitioning to native)

Technical challenges

1) Building and owning a mobile communications app from scratch

2) Rapidly-scaling user base (30%+ this month)

3) Future video-sharing features

Our press coverage

Our Founders

Matt Tognetti


Austin Vedder


1st employee at (acq. Home Depot), Harvard Business School, Boston Consulting Group

Michael Curry

Chief Product Officer      

Our tech stack

  • PostgreSQL
  • AngularJS
  • Cordova
  • Android
  • Django
  • Ionic
  • iOS

Our investors

  • Version One
  • Golden Venture Partners
  • Kapor Capital
  • Commerce Ventures
  • NewGen Venture Partners
  • Venrock
  • QueensBridge Venture Partners
  • Y Combinator