2019 was jam-packed with celebratory moments here at FLEXE — from expanding our team and investing in our platform to giving back to the community and building our culture. Let’s take a look at our top nine favorite moments and milestones. It’ll be a tough year to beat, but we’re up for the challenge!
- Securing $43M in Series B funding
Led by our partners at Activate Capital and Tiger Global Management, we were thrilled to announce a $43 million Series B funding round. This investment has already fueled expansion in all areas of our business, including the FLEXE technology platform and the amazing teams and people that make us us.
“FLEXE is a company that prioritizes people and culture, and the team’s energy is palpable. From leadership to the newest employees, people are excited to work at FLEXE.” — Deirdre Runnette
2. Welcome to FLEXE: The more the merrier
Speaking of growth, in 2019, we made some prominent additions to our leadership team. Shortly before our Series B announcement, former T-Mobile and Zulily executive, Deirdre Runnette, joined as Chief People Officer and General Counsel, and former Amazon executive, David Glick, joined as Chief Technology Officer. Both David and Deirdre hit the ground running, and we’re so excited and grateful to have them!
“I joined FLEXE because the on-demand warehousing and fulfillment category they’re pioneering will transform global logistics in the same way Amazon transformed global commerce. I couldn’t imagine passing up the opportunity to be a part of leading that journey.” — David Glick
3. Movin’ on up to a new HQ
Bigger team, bigger space. In April, we 4x-ed our office space to a new 24,000 square-foot FLEXE office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. The best part (aside from more space)? Our waterfront view now that the viaduct is down.
4. And the award goes to…
We were honored with several accolades this year including:
- Deloitte named FLEXE on their Fast 500 list for the second year in a row, ranking us #2 in Washington and #38 in North America,
- Puget Sound Business Journal recognized us as one of Washington’s Best Workplaces, and
- Seattle Business Magazine named us to its list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
And finally, in June, our Co-founder and CEO, Karl Siebrecht, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Business Services Category for the Pacific Northwest. He addressed the crowd during his acceptance speech: “I’m most proud of the team we’ve built. From day one, not only did we set out to innovate in an industry that desperately needs it, but also to build a team of innovators who wanted to work together.”
Bonus: Interested in joining our award-winning team? We’re hiring!
FLEXE spirit in the office and the community
5. PhilanthroFLEXE turns 3!
Giving back is core to who we are, and it’s exactly what drives our company-wide PhilanthroFLEXE program. This year, our team worked with local organizations and nonprofits on a variety of meaningful projects.
We collected and donated more than 360 toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Program, hosted a Pride Bingo event to raise $2,263 for The Trevor Project, and rolled up our sleeves to learn about socially conscious urban farming while volunteering at Farmer Frog. Learn more about organizations we support by checking out our #GivingTuesday2019 roundup.
6. Doubling down on our FLEXEpertise
Because our company is growing so rapidly, we created an internal program, FLEXEperts, to cultivate ongoing education and awareness about our software and the different roles teams play to support the business. Through small-group, interactive sessions, every member of our team took the course and we’re looking forward to hosting more sessions this year.
7. The good, the bad, and the witty
We’re always looking for new ways to flex our minds, pun intended. That’s why you’ll find our trivia whiteboard decorated with new questions every day. If you’re the week’s lucky winner, the infamous dog trophy will be bestowed upon you while “Who Let the Dogs Out” plays in the background — a high honor among our crew.
8. HQ festiveness
There’s never a dull moment here at FLEXE HQ! From holiday decorations to Waffle Wednesdays to Pi Day (3/14), we keep it lively.
FLEXE events & conferences
9. An event(full) 2019
Keeping busy from coast to coast. We had the pleasure to participate in conferences and events near and far including the D3 Supply Chain Summit, Gartner Supply Chain Symposium, eCommerce Operations Summit, GeekWire Awards, CSCMP, Shoptalk, and Groceryshop. We look forward to returning to many of these events in 2020!
As we close the books on 2019, we are filled with optimism and energy for the new year. We have more memories to be made and work to be done, and our greatest achievements still lie ahead. Cheers to 2020!