Dstbtd (t/a Distributed) secures £5 million Series A investment led by Guinness Asset Management

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Elastic Teams™️ startup Distributed secures £5m Series A to support explosive growth and ambitious plans

  • The Series A round led by Guinness Asset Management brings Distributed’s total funding raised to date to over £9m 
  • The additional funding will support Distributed’s explosive Enterprise growth plans and product roadmap 
  • Distributed will enable faster Enterprise transitions to a hybrid, core and on-demand workforce and will continue to build out Elastic Teams™ features and benefits 

London UK – 05 May –On-demand and Elastic™ software talent startup Distributed has secured £5m in a Series A funding round led by Guinness Asset Management. The company also drew further investment from its Seed investor, Fuel Ventures, and other high-profile industry leaders, Filippo Sarti and Andreas Mihalovits, bringing its total funding to date to over £9m.

Distributed is a fast-growing UK startup that is enabling the adoption of on-demand and Elastic™ software teams by the Enterprise and public sector. The company’s proprietary technology allows businesses to harness the power of a globally distributed workforce without shouldering the time and cost burdens of recruitment, management, or retention. This ensures that businesses’ digital roadmaps are delivered faster and to a higher standard than ever before.

This additional funding follows the company’s £4.1m Seed funding and 5X growth in 2020, and the team is projecting similar growth this year.

The funding also comes after Distributed announced a landmark partnership with Capita plc in 2020. This has seen the company support Capita’s digital transformation and has accelerated the adoption of Distributed’s Elastic Teams™ across Capita’s network of Enterprise customers.

This funding will support Distributed’s continued rapid growth and enable the company to scale its operations and platform features to improve customer experience in the face of rapidly increasing demand for freelance workers. 

Callum Adamson, CEO and Co-founder of Distributed, says:

“The workforce of the future is on-demand, adaptive, and independent. Distributed is here to enable those independent careers with more benefits than permanent employment, and to ensure that our customers can access high quality, motivated talent effortlessly with our enabling technology. This will see businesses building with smaller, more specialised core teams, supported by an Elastic™️ Workforce of experts that can be deployed to tackle any software goal in support of our customer’s missions.”

“This funding round helps us to continue to rebuild work and re-tell its story. It represents a better way to build for our customers, and a brighter future for those pursuing independent careers in the tech industry. I could not be more grateful for the trust and support our customers and Elastic Team™ have shown us over the past couple of years and we are very excited to continue this journey together.”

Ashley Abrahams, Fund Manager at Guinness Asset Management, adds:

“Guinness is very happy to be supporting Distributed during this time of industry disruption. The pandemic has made the future of work a reality and startups like Distributed are supporting the significant transformation and re-organisation that many businesses are undertaking. We are excited to support the Distributed team as they work to give businesses access to the world’s best talent at an affordable price, all whilst giving freelancers access to more interesting work and the opportunity to build better careers.”

Jon Lewis, CEO at Capita plc, states:

“We’ve been working with Distributed for a year now and in just this short space of time, the company has grown fivefold. It’s a real testament to its unique business model that it has now secured this latest round of investment and we’re excited to be supporting the company as the team takes the next step of their journey.”


About Distributed 

Distributed is a tech-enabled startup founded in 2017 on the belief that businesses of the future will thrive without the need for technical development teams-in-residence. Through the Distributed platform, clients can work with Elastic Teams™️ – fully managed, globally distributed teams – as easily as local teams, allowing them to build and maintain software to a higher standard faster, safer and with more visibility than ever before. 

About Guinness Asset Management  

Guinness Asset Management is a London-based specialist fund management company, established in 2003. Guinness manages over £3 billion for institutional and retail investors, investing in public and private companies. Guinness is a leading EIS Investor who since 2010 has raised and invested over £200 million into more than 100 companies across the Guinness EIS and Guinness AIM EIS portfolios. Please see www.guinnessfunds.com for more details.

Guinness was supported on the investment by Gateley Legal, Catalysis Advisory, Luminii Consulting, SME Finance Partners, Intechnica, Lockton, and Shoosmiths and was introduced by Buzzacott Corporate Finance.

About Capita

Capita is a consulting, transformation and digital services business. Every day our 55,000 colleagues help millions of people, by delivering innovative solutions to transform and simplify the connections between businesses and customers, governments and citizens. We partner with clients and provide the insight and cutting-edge technologies that give time back, allowing them to focus on what they do best and making people’s lives easier and simpler. We operate in the UK, Europe, India and South Africa – and across six divisions: Customer Management; Government Services; People Solutions; Software; Specialist Services; and Technology Solutions. Further information can be found at http://www.capita.com   

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