On a mission to empower deskless employees, Deskless Workers built RemoteForce, a content publishing and communications platform designed to help businesses effectively manage their deskless workforce. The RemoteForce employee management system allows leaders to seamlessly communicate with employees, receive valuable feedback, assign tasks in real-time, and even hold them accountable in getting the job done. It helps employees find the perfect balance between valuable content and productivity and provides a toolset that can help companies improve employee engagement.
Deskless Workers won a US Air Force Innovation Grant, allowing us to deploy a software pilot program for the 482nd Fighter Wing in Homestead, Florida. The software was installed on 1402 airmen mobile devices. Here are some of the results from the software pilot.
- $180B total addressable market by 2025
- Raised $8M previously
- Won a US Air Force Innovation Grant and successfully completed a 12 month software pilot with the US Air Force
- Grant helped generate roughly $182,000 in revenue in 2019
- CEO with multiple previous exits
- Experienced CTO with extensive experience building Enterprise Software for Fortune 1000 companies
- Featured in Cover Story in HR Tech Outlook Magazine - Won Top 10 Engagement Solution Provider Award
- Cited as a best practice in a US Military report designed to tackle sexual assault issues. In the report, entitled "Hard Truths and the Duty to Change", the commission recommended our virtual platform to provide all servicemen (and NGBs) with an application created with the goals of increasing a sense of belonging, connectedness and inclusion.
Technology has not helped the world’s 2.7 billion deskless workers. Solutions developed for frontline workers remain essentially the same applications designed for use on office PCs – just crammed into a mobile interface. Frontline and mobile workers have little familiarity with Microsoft Office and they rarely use email – most don’t even have a corporate email address.
The result is that deskless employees have significantly lower job satisfaction than office peers. Fully 61 percent of these workers have considered quitting because of unhappiness with the work environment. These workers don’t feel fully informed and believe they are viewed as less important than in-office workers. According to Gallup, this has caused a great employee engagement crisis among these workers right now. A full 85% of employees surveyed indicated that they are not engaged or actively disengaged at work. The economic consequence is approximately 7 trillion in lost productivity and the pandemic is making the situation even worse.
Other factors contributing to worker dissatisfaction include:
- HQ metrics that don’t connect with frontline realities
- Remote workers often feel isolated from peers
- Professional training is lacking and doesn’t address personal goals
- Management is not vested in frontline success
- Corporate-produced communications lack authenticity and don’t resonate with workers
- Achievement is invisible to management and peers
- Workers find it difficult to network with co-workers
- Collaboration is limited by lack of accurate content and difficult-to-use tools
- Expectations and goals are not clearly communicated
- OJIT (on the job training) is not scalable and often performed in piecemeal fashion
RemoteForce is a mobile software platform designed for these forgotten frontline workers. It was developed as a true mobile-first experience and made intuitive by using social media conventions and innovative, easy-to-use visual technologies augmented with patent-pending AI technology. Any company can now effectively communicate and manage frontline employees wherever and whenever they work.
Businesses that cultivate human connections from within are outperforming their competitors. They consistently attract and retain top talent, increase productivity and lead their market with innovations. Our innovations in visual engagement speak across languages and roles. We have designed our RemoteForce platform to be simple and intuitive while generating valuable, real-time insights for management and users.
The Deskless Workers platform:
- Gets employees the information they need in real-time
- Improves training content and on-boarding procedures
- Measures engagement and productivity
- Assigns employees tasks/checklists to ensure work is completed
- Creates forms to automate manual processes
- Allows employees to communicate in real-time with management and peers
- Gets employee feedback and tests and assesses employee knowledge
How it Works
The RemoteForce interface is easy to use, making it simple to post news and announcements, training materials (including video content), tasks and checklists, and even includes an instant messaging client for team collaboration. Remote Force gives customers the confidence to know that their deskless employees are doing the things they need to be doing. Our customers have access to real-time data that shows them whether or not the tasks they have assigned to employees are getting done, and whether or not the content provided is being consumed. Our powerful dashboard allows you to drill-down and get details on task performance, content views, survey and quiz responses and even measure employee engagement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many disruptions and changes to the way we work. With more companies moving to a remote workforce, it is now more important than ever to track employee sentiment to ensure employees are feeling valued and getting the support that they need to do their jobs. RemoteForce includes powerful feedback forms and engagement tools including built-in employee engagement surveys that let you take the pulse of your employees and measure how they feel about your company. Using metrics like Employee NPS (Net Promoter Score), a company can easily assess employee engagement and satisfaction, and explore why employees feel the way they do.
RemoteForce is easy to deploy, use, and train. Our competitive advantages include:
- Speed of setup
- Up and running in a couple days
- Language agnostic
- English, Spanish and Portuguese translations available. Easy to add additional languages.
- Ease of Deployment/No Code Platform
- True “No Code” Mobile App solution that allows product to be “white-labeled” and branded by our customers. Does not require an engineering team.
- AI and Machine Learning
- Intuitive platform discovers and flags patterns that impact employee engagement.
- Comprehensive Feature Set
- Truly unique features including Video, Customizable Forms, Content Management, Messaging and Collaboration Tools, File and Knowledge Library, Feedback Tools (Survey/Polls/Quizzes), and Scheduling.
- Measure Employee Engagement and Productivity
- One of the only tools that effectively measures engagement and productivity of deskless workers.
- Flexible Pricing Models
- Pricing models are flexible for employees and temp workers. Per seat licensing ranges between $3 to $12.99 per user/per month.
- Future Proof
- Exciting future features such as AI and Live Video Streaming, Video Conferencing and Video Editing directly from a user's Mobile Device.
Software as a Service (SAAS) Model – Per User Pricing
We offer our product as a monthly subscription, which is renewed automatically. Price is dependent on client size and changes as the client grows. Per user licensing fees range between $3 and $12.99 per user/per month. Volume discounts and advance payment discounts can apply.
Revenue comes from:
- Whitelabeling the solution to specific industry verticals.
- Enterprise sales and direct self-service sales through our desklessworkers.com website.
- Licensing our SDK to 3rd parties looking to add specific features to their app platform.
Typical Client Profile
We work with companies across a broad range of industries including, but not limited to:
- Companies with a large number of deskless/remote workers
- Companies with seasonal spikes in demand that need to hire a large number of temporary workers and get them up to speed quickly
- Companies with distributed/remote teams
- Companies in verticals that play into our strengths, such as Retail, Hospitality, Construction, Cleaning, Telecom, and Field Service
Success To Date
- Our team won a prestigious US Air Force Innovation Grant in 2019 out of a pool of 1400 candidates
- Grant helped generate roughly $182,000 in revenue in 2019
- Fully built-out product successfully deployed and tested by US Air Force in a 1 year software pilot program
- The pilot was the ultimate case study because it made us build the software for the exacting demands of the Air Force when it comes to performance, security, reliability, and being able to deliver mission critical communications.
- Growing customer base in commercial (non-military) sector
We estimate our current total addressable market (TAM) to be at $180B by 2025. Deskless workforce software helps companies better communicate with their workforce, share information more effectively, increase employee engagement and productivity, and ensure employees are held accountable for their work.
A few major factors are fueling an even greater demand for mobile powered software for deskless workers.
- Accelerated demand for mobile deskless technologies caused by Covid-19
- Growth in deskless workforce combined with labor shortages
- New industry verticals creating significant revenue growth opportunities
According to a report by the Forbes Technology Council, the market for mobile enterprise apps that power the deskless workforce is expected to reach $180 billion by 2025, an almost fourfold increase from 2016 investment levels. Citing the report:
"It’s time to start looking at our workforces more holistically -- and building apps and software companies that can serve this vital demographic. Clearly, there’s an urgent need for better software and mobile services for deskless workers. Research shows that just 56% of deskless workers in the United States feel connected and engaged with their employers, and job dissatisfaction could drive many younger deskless workers to seek more fulfilling positions elsewhere. A shocking 84% of deskless workers say they don’t get enough direct communication from top management, and only 10% feel strongly connected to their companies.
Better software isn’t a silver bullet, but it can help boost engagement, especially among younger workers, and make existing workers far more productive. Research shows, for instance, that manufacturing plants with higher levels of engagement have 75% fewer quality defects and 26% fewer safety-related workers’ comp claims.
More broadly, with unemployment at a 50-year low before the pandemic hit -- and further labor shortages likely as workers struggle with sickness, quarantines or childcare issues -- deskless industries such as manufacturing urgently need to learn to do more with fewer people. They also need to increase employee satisfaction, to make it easier both to hire new workers and to retain trained veterans who know how to get the job done. Finally, companies need a 360-degree view of their internal processes in order to optimize operations, help employees work smarter instead of harder, and free up capital to invest in their workforce.
These are all areas where mobile enterprise technology can help, which means there’s a huge potential upside for tech firms that get serious about the future of deskless work. The market for mobile enterprise apps is expected to reach $180 billion by 2025, an almost fourfold increase from 2016 investment levels. Overall, more than four-fifths of businesses say they’re planning to increase their deskless-tech investments, with an average spending increase of 31%. And while some businesses are starting from a low baseline, the sectors that already invest most in mobile tech -- such as construction, manufacturing, and transportation -- are also the ones planning the biggest increases in deskless investments. For tech companies, that all adds up to a vast opportunity."
David brings a resourceful history of managing high-tech businesses with extensive experience as an entrepreneurial company builder. David has co-founded numerous businesses, including one of the first peer-to-peer distributed storage companies (Peerify Technologies) that was acquired by Clerversafe Inc. David has held leadership positions in both private and public companies and has built and profitably sold several startup companies. David believes great people make successful companies.
Michael is a technology visionary, life-long photographer, and experienced investment management professional. Michael has deep experience developing markets for new technologies and building winning companies based on value. Michael understands the power of the perfect image to engage, educate, and motivate people to perform at their highest level.
Uri Stern is the Chief Technology Officer of Deskless Workers. Uri is responsible for defining the long-term technology strategy and vision of the company and driving innovation and growth. He has been leading technology organizations for over 20 years in various senior leadership roles. He is a published author of software programming books and a recognized thought leader in software development. He has extensive experience building and delivering technology differentiated solutions to private, public and international customers. His deep experience includes designing and developing Enterprise application software for numerous Fortune 1000 companies and top brands including, Chili's, AT&T, IBM, Dean Foods, HP, ING Bank, American Express and the US Air Force. In addition to his technical skills and experience, Uri is also an entrepreneur that has owned two successful software companies.
Steve Mandell is an Entertainment Attorney that specializes in representation, sponsorship, licensing and brand development. Steve has worked with prominent individuals in the areas of Sports, Television, Radio and Publishing and other high profile personalities in brand development, marketing and business development. Steve has been associated with major high profile brands and product development for retail distribution and develops branded programs with major corporate endorsement and sponsorships.
Use of Proceeds
If the offering's maximum amount of $1,000,000 is raised:
|Use||Value||% of Proceeds|
|Compensation for managers||$100,000||10.0%|
|Sales & Marketing||$451,000||45.1%|
|Launch direct channel||$100,000||10.0%|
|Partner Sales Support||$150,000||15.0%|
This is an offering of Common Stock, under registration exemption 4(a)(6), in Deskless Workers Inc.. This offering must raise at least $10,000 by February 2, 2022 at 10:59pm ET. If this offering doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. Deskless Workers may issue additional securities to raise up to $1,000,000, the offering’s maximum.
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