Sapho

Sapho allows organizations to transform existing business systems into secure micro apps that connect workers and execs with important data and critical workflows. Our rapid micro application development and integration platform is a drag-and-drop app builder that provides IT professionals with the ability to quickly and securely connect to internal and external systems. It also allows business analysts and process experts the ability to quickly and easily build micro apps and workflows that ultimately deliver actionable information and one-click task completion to employees.



about the company

Founders

Peter Yared is the Founder & CTO at Sapho. Previously, he was the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive and the founder of five enterprise infrastructure companies that were acquired by Sun, VMware, Webtrends, Sprinklr and Prograph. Peter's software has powered brands from Fidelity to Home Depot to Lady Gaga. At Sun, Peter was the CTO of the Application Server Division and the CTO of the Liberty federated identity consortium that designed SAML 2.0. Peter is the inventor of several patents on core Internet infrastructure including federated single sign on and dynamic data requests. Peter began programming games and utilities at age 10, and started his career developing systems for government agencies. Peter regularly writes about technology trends and has written for the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and TechCrunch.

Fouad ElNaggar is the Founder & CEO of Sapho. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at CBS Interactive overseeing strategy, operations, partnerships and M&A. At CBSi, Fouad structured deals with partners such as Yahoo, IAC, and Twitch and acquired premium brands such as TV Guide and Giant Bomb. Prior to CBSi, Fouad was a venture capitalist at Redpoint Ventures overseeing the firm’s LA office and helping establish a dedicated fund in Brazil. While at Redpoint, Fouad served on the board and helped lead investments in BlueKai, Grupo Xango, Machinima, the Receivables Exchange and Tantalus. Fouad has previously founded three venture-backed companies – Marketing Technology Solutions, Hark, and Liquid Light.

Experienced technical leader with cross-functional technical and business skills. Experience includes managing engineering, product, and systems engineering while integrating requirements from both internal and external customers across teams. Known for being hands-on while leading by example to inspire and mentor team members. Believes in transparency to ensure team members understand the why and not just the what, when, and how.

Sapho in the press

June 15, 2016

Sapho Introduces Industry's First Micro App Platform, Ushers in New Generation of Enterprise Workflows-PR Newswire Asia

Sapho's platform introduces features including:Rapid micro app development —IT professionals, business analysts, and process experts can leverage Sapho's pre-built micro app templates or create new micro apps in minutes with a simple to use, drag-and-drop micro app builder. —IT professionals, business analysts, and process experts can leverage Sapho's pre-built micro app templates or create new micro apps in minutes with a simple to use, drag-and-drop micro app builder. Dozens of organizations are already using Sapho's Micro App Platform, including CBS Interactive, Kubernetes, RPX Corporation and Turner. The Sapho Micro App Platform enables organizations to rapidly build and deliver secure micro apps that tie into existing business systems and track changes to key business data. Based on micro app rules, Sapho determines which events are important and notifies the right employees at the right time.

June 15, 2016

This Company Is Trying to Simplify Your Clunky Business Software

Changing the way people work going forward, making work different, making work better. That power user, they’re still going to go in, and they’re still going to use their Salesforce. Sapho allows clients to pay based on the number of monthly active users of its software ($2 to $10, depending on company size). It’s harder to deploy and sell and build software that way, but it also makes the customers much, much more comfortable. Watch a video of Sapho at work and learn more about the company below.

June 15, 2016

Sapho, maker of single-purpose enterprise ‘micro apps’, raises $9.5M led by Alsop Louie

Sapho apps are available as preconfigured options, or a company can also create their own in cases where they are not. “We think micro apps are a trend unto themselves,” he said. Pricing ranges from $2/user/month to $10/user/month depending on the size of the company, and irrespective of how many micro apps are used or how much. These Sapho apps, in turn, become a way for employees to keep up to date on information in those apps, without going through the cumbersome process of actually using them. The funding is being led by new investor Alsop Louie Partners, with participation also from SoftTech VC, Caffeinated Capital, Morado Ventures, AME Cloud (Jerry Yang’s fund) and Bloomberg Beta.

June 15, 2016

Sapho: Apps in chat are the future of work

The startup Sapho unveiled its micro apps and Sapho Micro App platform on Wednesday, joining a growing field of startups building bots for use with enterprise software. The platform allows users access to Sapho Micro Apps — single-purpose bots that let users interact with enterprise software through chat messengers by using cards to visualize actionable tasks. The platform can also be used to customize micro apps and can integrate different kinds of enterprise software, as well as internal databases and legacy systems. Most enterprise bots are trying to address frustration caused by antiquated or hard-to-use enterprise and SAAS software, ElNaggar said. Sapho calls its bots “mini apps” because there is no natural language processing involved; rather, these are small, task-specific applications that operate on mobile devices, web browsers, or messaging apps like Slack.