Bizly’s giant leap forward with Kevin Iwamoto and new funding

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11 Jan 2022
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Since introducing Bizly to select enterprise customers last year, we’ve been hard at work advancing our product and supporting thousands of events. From recruiting, training, and education to team-building, sales, and marketing, employees are building more of their own events to succeed and get ahead. Hundreds of millions of working professionals depend on in-person gatherings to do their life’s best work, yet until now, they’ve lacked modern technology to create efficiency and unlock the power of these events.

Bizly is a new kind of enterprise software that allows any employee to build great in-person meetings and events. We use the power of context — understanding the objective of your event — to deliver the world’s easiest way to build events from start-to-finish.

Our latest product offers custom-crafted templates that harness your creativity and make the process feel effortless.

Collaboration tools help teams work together on all aspects of event creation — from project management, guest lists, and branded invites, to comparison shopping across over 20,000 event venues or even utilizing your own internal spaces. Data and analytics tools automate company processes and drive continuous improvement. And all of this in one beautifully designed, simple, user experience.

Today, we’re excited to announce that industry veteran Kevin Iwamoto has joined Bizly in a full-time capacity serving the role of Chief Strategy Officer. With a career spanning over 30 years, Kevin is one of the most recognizable executives in the global corporate events and business travel industries. As a global category leader at HP and Disney, and then as an executive at StarCite, ACTIVE Network, and Lanyon, Kevin is one of the founders of the “strategic meetings management” framework used by hundreds of the world’s leading companies. Kevin is an established influencer and outspoken agent of innovation in the industry and we are thrilled for him to join our leadership team and launch our office in the Bay Area.“

The Godfather of Strategic Meetings Management”

We’re also excited to announce today $1.5M in new strategic financing from JetBlue Technology VenturesEric Yuan of Zoom, Hone Capital, and others. We’re thrilled to partner with each as we deepen our product offering and thoughtfully scale across the ecosystem, with the intention to join companies like Zoom in redefining the way we work.

Our top priority has always been to build a product that delivers a delightful user experience, while also providing an enterprise-grade infrastructure that allows companies to gain visibility, protect against risk, and serve their employees.

We’re looking forward to this next phase of our journey as we continue working to help millions of professionals build authentic relationships through the power of gathering.