Interview with Benjamin Bartling (ZoomShift)
ZoomShift is online employee scheduling software.
I interviewed Benjamin Bartling, ZoomShift founder to find out more. This is the two hundred and twenty sixth in a series of DW startup interviews. Big thank you to Benjamin!
How would you describe ZoomShift in under 50 words?
ZoomShift is a web-based staff scheduling tool that makes scheduling simple for managers and staff members.
What made you decide to start working on ZoomShift?
It was the classic case of “scratching my own itch.” During college I saw many of my friends, as well as myself, get frustrated with the scheduling process at work. Most organizations were using basic excel spreadsheets to schedule their workers, and communication was really difficult. It made sense to move this process online to simplify it for both the managers and staff members.
What was technically the most challenging part of developing ZoomShift?
Keeping it simple. Scheduling is a complex problem, and everyone seems to approach it a bit differently. We found out pretty quick that if we built ZoomShift to work for everyone it would end up working for no one. It can be difficult to draw the line between a necessary feature and one that’s not. Our biggest challenge has been building ZoomShift to be powerful and flexible enough to work for a wide range of organizations while still keeping it simple.
Who do you see as your target audience?
Any business that has an hourly workforce. We never fail to be amazed by the wide range of businesses that rely on ZoomShift.
Does ZoomShift have any new features in the pipeline?
We always have new features in the works. Since we are still quite lean we are able to add new functionality very quickly. We have some updates planned that we are really excited about, but you will have to stay tuned to learn about them…
Where do you see ZoomShift in 5 years time?
Regarded as the simplest and most effective employee scheduling solution. I’m sure our team will grow and ZoomShift will continually evolve, but I can guarantee that our mission of finding the simplest way to schedule will always stay the same.
Can you convince the reader to start using ZoomShift in under 50 words?
It’s simple. If you want to spend less time scheduling, reduce overtime, and increase employee satisfaction you need to check out ZoomShift.
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