BuildersCloud, a Bellevue company that helps construction companies share files and mobile collaboration for construction professionals, has raised $1.1 million in funding from a group of angels that includes 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, former Amazon.com and Facebook exec Rudy Gadre, Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel and others. Construction giant McKinstry also participated, alongside Denny Hill Capital, TA Ventures and TEC Ventures.
“We have the top minds in Seattle and Silicon Valley to help mentor us and get us to the next level,” said CEO Andrey Nokhrin. “They are investing in our team, our vision, and execution.”
Nokhrin, a former construction project manager, actually was the winner of the GeekWire Startup Day elevator pitch competition last fall. He came up with the idea for the startup back in 2010 when he was training a new construction materials estimator — noting that it took him almost a week to figure out how to make a major construction software plug-in work right on his computer.
“The same software provider is still offering eight-hour training classes for the software,” Nokhrin told us earlier this year. “It shouldn’t be so difficult, but the other software solutions in construction were even worse.”
Like the name suggests, BuildersCloud attempts to put construction documents in the cloud, making them accessible for people on the go. “It’s incredible— the waste that can happen just because construction teams have no good way of collaborating via mobile devices,” says Nokhrin. BuildersCloud aggregates all files related to a specific construction project, from PDFs to photos to safety manuals.
Previously on GeekWire: Startup Spotlight: BuildersCloud makes construction document sharing a breeze