Cloud tech corporations are dealing with a significant cloud skills shortage, making it exhausting to rent individuals and tough to ensure their present workforce’s abilities are updated. Australia- and U.S.-based Saasguru needs to slender the hole with an edtech platform designed for brand new graduates and tech employees who wish to develop into higher at utilizing cloud platforms like Salesforce or AWS. The corporate introduced in the present day it has raised a seed spherical of $4 million AUD (about $2.7 million USD) led by Square Peg Capital, together with returning traders Black Nova and Antler.
Saasguru’s final funding was 9 months in the past, when it raised a pre-seed spherical of $1.3 million AUD. The corporate was based in 2021 by Amit Choudhary, Atif Saad and Prateek Kataria. Choudhary and Saad offered their final startup SaaSfocus, a Salesforce consulting firm, to Cognizant in 2018.
Up to now, Saasguru has been utilized by 40,000 college students in 20 nations and has labored with 20 cloud consulting corporations that wish to prepare new employees, in addition to refresh the abilities of their present groups. Its college students vary from new graduates who’re beginning their first jobs in cloud tech to professionals who wish to earn extra coaching certificates.
The seek for individuals with cloud computing abilities within the Asia-Pacific area is pressing, with a report by AWS exhibiting that employees wanted will triple by 2025, going from 37 million employees in 2020 to 109 million. Saasguru needs to assist its learners develop into prepared for cloud tech jobs, whereas creating extra expertise at scale.
Choudhary instructed TechCrunch that the concept for Saasguru was planted whereas he and Saad have been nonetheless engaged on SaaSfocus and struggled to compete for expertise with giant cloud consulting corporations.
“This compelled us to have a look at natural expertise creation by hiring individuals from various non-technology backgrounds and upskilling them by way of a homegrown program tailored for Salesforce job readiness,” he mentioned. “This turned a little bit of a ‘secret sauce’ for us and it helped us scale the enterprise to over 360 consultants, with over 80% of them being skilled by way of this program.”
SaaSfocus’s coaching program included hyperpersonalized research plans, “TikTok-like” micromodules of content material, mentoring, peer-to-peer studying and hands-on assignments.
After promoting SaaSfocus, Choudhary and Saad used this method in a professional bono program to assist individuals get new jobs throughout COVID by educating them Salesforce abilities. Of the 50 individuals who took half in this system, nearly all acquired positioned in Salesforce-related jobs.
“It was the lightbulb second after we realized this may very well be scaled with tech into a worldwide enterprise,” Choudhary mentioned. Saasguru was launched in early 2021, combining the parts of the professional bono program with a deep tech platform.
Saasguru’s 15 packages embrace ones for studying Salesforce, ServiceNow, AWS, GCP and Azure. It plans to make use of its funding so as to add extra cloud certifications. Choudhary mentioned Saasguru personalizes programs, which may take from 30 hours for a self-paced cloud certification program to 300 hours for a profession bootcamp, by utilizing a two-step course of. Step one is an preliminary evaluation that analyzes the readiness of a learner and creates a studying pathway for them. Then as they begin taking a course, the platform recommends the following greatest step to take.
Saasguru acquires prospects by working free webinars with its academics, or gurus. In addition they supply free one-on-one mentoring classes on careers and interview suggestions and certifications, they usually run a Slack group. Saasguru serves each people and cloud consulting corporations that wish to construct the abilities of latest and present staff.
In a press release concerning the funding, Sq. Peg Capital principal Lucy Tan mentioned, “There’s a huge cloud abilities scarcity within the business that’s slowing down digital transformation initiatives undertaken by companies. Universities aren’t nicely outfitted to resolve this abilities scarcity as the abilities replace so shortly. This implies post-university upskilling is important for continued enterprise progress and Saasguru gives a personalised studying pathway for cloud professionals to embark on, serving to them get expert and licensed in cloud applied sciences. This could make a significant impression on individuals’s lives from both touchdown them in a brand new profession or getting wage will increase.”