French SaaS startup Station, which is setting out to build a web browser for the workplace, has raised $3.25 million in a seed round of funding led by Accel.
Founded out of Paris in 2017, Station (not to be confused with the mega startup campus Station F that is also located in the French capital) is setting out to create a browser for businesses that gathers all your cloud-based web applications into a single portal. This will not help if you are still using traditional applications such as Office on your desktop, but with the gradual shift to subscription-based software that’s accessed in the browser, well, Station believes it has a solution to boost productivity by sidestepping browser tabs like Chrome and Firefox.
The Y Combinator alum, which officially launched back in October, said it wants to build for SaaS (software-as-a-service) what iOS and Android have built for smartphones, something more akin to an operating system than a browser.
“With more than 12,000 SaaS services on the market, it is clear to us that web browsers aren’t the way of the future,” Station cofounder and CEO Julien Berthomier told VentureBeat. “The same way Apple and Google have built operating systems to host their ecosystem of mobile applications, we are building the operating system for SaaS applications.”
Available for Windows and Mac, the native desktop app lets you connect to more than 400 popular web apps, and the ones you use most frequently are docked down the left-hand side.
The app includes a universal search function that lets you search across all your connected apps by keyword and…