Rotageek was born in A&E, where Chris, CEO and co-founder, was a doctor. He was inspired to improve scheduling for his department and the wider NHS. In 2009 Chris began to work on Rotageek along with his co-founders Nick Mann (CTO) and Roy Pounder (Chairman). A particular focus was on empowering employees with more ownership of their hours, creating happier and more engaged staff which in turn would benefit hospitals and patients.
In 2014, Rotageek, then still a side-project, was invited to pitch for Telefonica’s startup accelerator Wayra. We got accepted into the programme and Chris gave up his job in healthcare after 16 years of training. Nick joined full time, too. It became clear that scheduling problems exist in all industries that employ rostered staff, not only in healthcare. Our first enterprise client, O2, was able to save £2.5 million through better scheduling in their first year. Today we work across a number of industries with clients such as Dune, O2 and The Perfume Shop.
We’ve been investing heavily in R&D to create a fully data driven tool that is able to predict and meet an organisation’s demand, through scheduling employees as effectively and as fairly as possible. We’re turning rota planning, something that used to be an outdated nuisance, into a real business capability.