“The Projectfusion Story”
The Projectfusion story started in 1998, at the height of the dotcom boom. The first Projectfusion offices were in Brick Lane in London’s vibrant East End, known then and now as London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ where so many high tech start-ups are concentrated. Back in those early days, much of Projectfusion’s time was spent educating large organisations about the internet and building their first websites.
Projectfusion’s first major achievement arrived swiftly, when founder Angus Bradley developed and successfully delivered the UK’s first property portal (aproperty4u) in 1998. This portal allowed estate agents and those searching for homes to advertise and search online for properties. It was used by 6,000 agencies and showcased 700,000 properties.
The dotcom crash arrived in 2001, radically changing the global business landscape. Projectfusion responded to this more challenging environment by finding new and innovative uses for its technological expertise.
In the early 2000s Projectfusion developed an asset management system that allowed organisations to host all in-house content, images and documents online in one central place: a totally new concept at the time. Projectfusion initially tailored this system for large London advertising agencies, providing an online place for holding and managing all their documents, artwork and creative materials. However, demand grew quickly for this platform, and it was soon rolled out more widely to other industries.
In 2001 Angus and the Projectfusion team led the way in secure data sharing then they developed the world’s first virtual data room (VDR) for the global law firm, Cameron McKenna. Projectfusion’s brief was to create a system that would allow the law firm to put all its due diligence materials online in paperless format. Up until this point, all due diligence processes had required a physical room to be set up to house the vital and sensitive paperwork on the company under scrutiny.
When Projectfusion delivered this VDR platform, it was the first time that lawyers, accountants and all other stakeholders involved in a due diligence process could access all the information they needed electronically. Taking due diligence online saved vast amounts of time, money and made the whole due diligence process smoother, faster and more secure.
In the early 2000s, ProjectFusion developed an organisation-wide intranet for the global consulting firm KPMG. This bespoke, secure intranet system was used by 70,000 KPMG staff, successfully transforming how KPMG’s people communicated and worked together around the world. Projectfusion introduced the first business-to-business ‘ephemeral’ messaging system. Up to this point, sending messages that could be set to automatically disappear was a complicated process involving digital certificates.
In early 2016 Projectfusion formed an exciting three-way partnership with the electronic document bundling company, Zylpha and the South London Legal Partnership to create Digital Courtrooms. Together, the three partners launched a platform to build and deliver court bundles online.
Digital Courtrooms lets judges and barristers – who handle prodigious amounts of paperwork each week- access all their case documents on their ipad. The response from legal professionals has been that they can find their documents electronically, it’s much easier to carry their ipad to court than heavy, unwieldy piles of papers, and that it saves money. Judges are delighted to be able to copy and paste text from the electronic court bundle directly into their judgments.
Using electronic bundles also has a major environmental impact, saving on paper, on couriers, on the secure disposal of confidential old bundles, and saves in excess of £800 per case when compared to manual bundling and couriers.
In June 2018, Projectfusion launched a ground-breaking new real-time document collaboration and co-authoring service. This allows anyone – inside or outside a company – to work on documents in one place, at the same time, in their browser. This eradicates the endless bottlenecks spent waiting for feedback on drafts. Everyone works on one version, with no Office 365 or Google accounts required. Companies can choose to be a ‘single tenant’ on a Projectfusion server, or can host the service themselves. It’s GDPR-ready and fully-compliant, providing real-time reports on user activity. This is being rolled out first to lawyers, financial services and other professional services industries that need to collaborate swiftly and securely, with regulatory compliance.
Today, Projectfusion has expanded into new offices at the leading UK Enterprise Zone, Discovery Park, in Sandwich, Kent. The company continues to build on its success with its Datarooms, Digital Courtrooms and Safedrop, and is again breaking technological ground with its new Projectfusion collaboration and co-authoring service.
Also in 2018 Projectfusion launched safedrop as a separate brand and service. safedrop allows users to send files securely with a link that self-destructs or disappears at a set time, and leverages the companies learning with the Digital Courtrooms service.
Projectfusion prides itself on its strong ethics. Five simple rules drive all of the company’s activities:
NO BS – We’re totally transparent and upfront with our pricing, and we do what we say we’ll do. If we promise you something by 10am, it’ll be ready.
Make it green – We’re a paperless office, our hosting is carbon-neutral, and we recycle everything we can. And we choose suppliers with similar values.
Give money & support – We give at least one percent of turnover to local charities. We also offer discounts to charities that need our service. The Aimar Foundation use us to manage their amazing Crisis at Christmas campaign.
We publish our company Roadmap online for everyone to see and participate in. Our Roadmap is our plan for short and long-term goals. It shows what new technology we’re developing, what’s on the horizon and how we’re adding-to and improving our existing offerings.
Our Roadmap also gives our users a chance to comment and vote on new ideas we’re thinking about developing. We’re an agile company and quick to respond to new challenges and opportunities so this is a constantly-evolving and ever-changing document. You can check out our roadmap here.
Projectfusion will continue to innovate and find simply and enjoyable ways for people and organisations to work and share data securely.