Galway-based business Ronspot has created a cloud-based space management system where companies can flexibly manage their office space.
“The problem we are trying to solve is the mismanagement of office spaces,” said Ronspot CEO and founder Michael Furey.
“We aim to provide a solution for companies to manage their desks, parking spaces, and meeting rooms more efficiently. Furthermore, allowing companies to adopt hybrid working.”
“They can control the number of bookings employees make by using our credit-based booking system. This makes bookings fair and transparent to all employees”
Ronspot targets Enterprise customers who may now wish to release some of their office spaces or car parks back to the market and therefore with their own reduced space need to have it organised more effectively and dynamically. IE:
“This allows employees make their own decisions about when to come to the office so long as it meets minimum thresholds like the 2;3 ratio: two days in the office, three at home.
Ronspot is a cloud-based space management system where companies can manage their office space. The system allows employees to book parking spaces, meeting rooms, and desks from the mobile app or desktop app.
Companies will setup their account around their existing office layout. “This means they will recreate their office space in an ‘interactive booking map’. Employees will then login to their account and view the booking map on their mobile. Employees can manage all their bookings in the one place,” Furey explained.
“Companies can assign specific spots to employees if they wish. Furthermore, they can control the number of bookings employees make by using our credit-based booking system. This makes bookings fair and transparent to all employees.”
Necessity inspired action
According to founder Michael Furey, the product and company was formed as a direct result of a need from the market. “I was contacted to provide a solution. This solution in turn became the company Ronspot.”
Furey says the start-up ecosystem in Galway thanks to Galway Chamber, GMIT iHubs, Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Boards is supportive.
The company is in the process of raising a second round of funding.
To stay agile the company makes prodigious use of various cloud tools, JIRA and Microsoft Teams, “as well as our own system to manage hybrid working.”
In terms of lessons learnt, Furey says that it is important that entrepreneurs react with speed to opportunities. “My bigger mistakes were mistakes of omission rather than mistakes of commission. Where I should have acted and had enough information to make a decision but instead stuck with the status quo for too long. It is important to get as much information together but it is also important to then act based on that information.”
His advice to fellow founders: “Try and have a good support network around you. Whether it’s at home or with fellow founders. It’s important to be focused on a single project in my view.”