Punchlist Raises $2M Seed Round for Its Project Annotation Platform

The company will invest in expanding its product integrations and growing its team.

Written by Ashley Bowden
Published on Dec. 13, 2021
Punchlist Raises $2M Seed Round for Its Project Annotation Platform
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Pete Bernardo and Nic Rosental, co-founders of Punchlist | Photo: Punchlist

In a remote-working world, it’s become increasingly crucial for teams to find ways to stay on the same page with one another. Fortunately for them, gone are the days of trying to manage disjointed project notes from several people and across various platforms. With one tool to organize feedback on any kind of digital project, Atlanta-based Punchlist closed on a $2 million seed funding round to further its solution. 

The platform was built by two tech industry veterans with years of experience dealing with lengthy email exchanges to provide and implement design feedback. Punchlist enables teams to annotate their projects online and instantly offer, receive and act on feedback. By creating a new project and sharing the Punchlist URL with everyone involved, team members can collaborate on anything from PowerPoint presentations and PDF files to graphics and live websites. 

“Browser-based design tools are starting to take over where design is done, making it more approachable to a broader audience than ever before,” Pete Bernardo, Punchlist’s CEO and co-founder, told Built In via email. “However, that means that more people than ever before rely on creative feedback from their peers or customers. So reducing friction and giving anyone a straightforward layer to gather that feedback is more critical than ever.”

Punchlist features a dashboard where users can view all of their current projects in one place. The platform allows users to keep track of which page feedback is on and precisely what it pertains to. Along with capabilities for direct file upload, Punchlist records what browser someone is working in as well as their screen size. 

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Photo: Punchlist

The platform integrates with several project management platforms such as Jira and Google Drive. It recently launched integrations with Slack and WordPress as well. Punchlist aims to be easily understandable and completely browser-based, according to Bernardo. The tool is intended to become an alternative to in-person design reviews, Zoom meetings or lengthy email threads. 

With 8,000 users spanning 39 countries, Punchlist counts companies across a range of industries as customers. Serving organizations in tech, real estate, finance and more, some names include design and app development agency Headway and marketing agency BigSea.

With the capital from its latest round co-led by Overline and PJC, Punchlist aims to fuel the growth of its product and expand its platform even further with new integrations. It’s also building out its team with plans to hire talent across its marketing and engineering departments. Punchlist currently lists a handful of remote-friendly, Atlanta-based roles on its website.

“I think we have only scratched the surface on design collaboration and asynchronous work,” Bernardo said. “Punchlist’s goal is to bring a design eye to everyone wherever they are and whenever they are working.”

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