The funding round was also participated by Web3 funds including Saison Capital, Coinhako, Longhash Ventures, Ocular, Sky9 Capital, and DWF Labs. Other participants include angel investors from custodial and non-custodial wallets such as Gnosis Safe’s Co-Founder Lukas Schor, Spenmo’s Co-Founder Mohandass Kalaichelvan, Fazz’s Co-Founder Liu Tianwei, and Web3 industry veterans including Nansen’s CEO Alex Svanevik, Race Capital’s Chris McCann and Etherscan’s Founder Matthew Tan.
The company said the fresh capital will accelerate its finance dashboard for Web3 teams, called HQ teams, to manage financial operations and reporting for more responsible accounting practices industry wide.
“Web3 teams are building industry-defining solutions but lack the same rigour when it comes to keeping their financial operations and reporting in order. We built HQ Teams to make finance best practices less exhausting by taking out the tedious manual work. Getting this right means teams can finally expect the same operational excellence for their internal financial workflows as they do with everything else in the sector,” said Sharon Paul, Headquarters Co-Founder and CEO.
The rapid growth of Web3 companies and DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) are challenging the status quo of business operations, yet existing FinOps tools have not adapted.
FinOps in Web3 has specific hurdles such as fragmented working capital as teams commonly have finances spread across wallets that are both custodial (eg. centralised exchanges or crypto-friendly fintechs) and non-custodial (eg. managed via Metamask, Ledger, Gnosis Safe).
This makes Web3 bookkeeping subject to human error as managing payables and receivables typically involves spreadsheets and a highly manual process of copying and pasting transactions.
In addition to directly onboarding Web3 projects, Headquarters is also teaming up with Web3 corporate secretaries, accountants and incubators to utilise HQ Teams as the tool for their clients and portfolio companies.
Headquarters will use the capital from the pre-seed round to accelerate its blueprint for enabling financial operations and reporting in Web3, which will include bridging wallets with traditional FinOps tools spanning from accounting, invoicing, payroll, spend management, and fiat ramps.