Front Expands to Greater Phoenix

by Mike Hunter

Front, the company replacing corporate email with an inbox built for teamwork, will create up to 50 new jobs in Greater Phoenix in 2020. With offices in San Francisco and Paris, the company considered multiple markets for its expansion, including Salt Lake City and San Diego, but ultimately selected Greater Phoenix due to the region’s competitive costs to do business, the availability of talent and access to local resources. In addition, the executive team was inspired by the energy in the local startup ecosystem and community, and felt an alignment of values with the entrepreneurs working to advance its interests.

Founded in 2013, Front is building a platform that unifies people, messages and apps — starting with email. In place of Gmail or Outlook, Front is an inbox that unites teams to do their best work. Front brings email together with team collaboration, other communication channels and business-critical apps, all in one place. By fixing email, Front untangles convoluted processes, miscommunication and the crossed signals that hamper most teamwork, helping teams get aligned, stay focused and act faster than ever before.

“While the world of work has changed all around us, one paradigm has remained constant for over three decades: our corporate email. As a result, we are more overworked, more burned out and are lacking vocational fulfillment unlike ever before. That’s the problem Front is solving in the marketplace,” says Anthony Kennada, a Greater Phoenix local who has been named chief marketing officer and head of the Phoenix operation. Front is Kennada’s second business expansion to Greater Phoenix, having brought San Francisco-based Gainsight, the customer success company, to Downtown Phoenix in 2013.

Front has raised $79 million in funding from respected venture firms, including Sequoia Capital and Threshold Ventures, and is proud to work with more than 5,000 customers representing leading brands such as Cisco Meraki, MailChimp, Shopify and Arizona-based Carvana. In 2019, Front was recognized as the No. 1 Small Workplace in the U.S. by Fortune and Great Place to Work.

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