Why we’re launching Accompany.io

We began with a question: how is the way we work changing?

This lead us on a journey to uncover what tools will be needed to help knowledge workers and companies have the best and most productive relationship in the coming decade.

We started Accompany.io because we think teams are both the present and the future.

Teams today: The biggest determinant of your professional happiness

Today, the average person will work on 10 different teams within the first three years of their career, and the average executive is part of at least four different teams at any one time.

And the average teammate we talk to realizes that who they work with on a day-to-day basis matters much more than they first thought.

The loftiest mission can fail to get off the ground if you work with colleagues who you just can’t click with. On the other hand, even an average-sounding corporate culture can be made enjoyable by a great manager and team.

But great teams are more than just great people. We’ve seen teams get out of tough spots with good coaching and facilitation — but these are often limited to executive teams who can afford the tens of thousands of dollars this costs.

So, we asked a second question — could we distill some of these practices into simple tools that any team could use?

With Accompany.io, we’re launching a suite of products that aim to help any team tap into the best practices using simple tools that offer them immediate insights and actionable recommendations.

Teams tomorrow: The way we work is changing.

And in the future, we think teams are ever more important.

We’re approaching a colony organization.

The personal computer allowed organizational complexity to increase to the point of being able to manage (sometimes!) a matrix organization.

But with big data and digital interactions, we’re approaching a colony organization — one in which:

  • The boundaries between inside and outside the company will be less clear and more porous.
  • We’ll experience the ‘Hollywoodization’ of projects, where teams come together for a specific goal, then disband.
  • Professionals will continue their zig zag career across many different companies.

As we move more toward a “colony” working world, teams will be ever more important. And these teams will cross organizational lines. Tools that can help teams get off to a running start will be crucial. Over the coming years, we hope to build that suite of tools that help all these types of teams.

Our team

Collectively, we’ve been thinking about teams for decades. Our founder, Parker, co-founded and, for a decade, ran one of Canada’s leading non-governmental organizations, Engineers Without Borders. We’ve tapped into some of the leading thinkers on teams and great technologists as advisors, and are excited to build these tools for any teams.

Are you trying to build a better team — or a better workplace?

We want to know how we can help you build a better team or build a better workplace.

Over the next months, we’ll be asking for occasional help — maybe it’s a specific question on an aspect of team building, maybe it’s a survey about your favorite tools, or maybe it’s a chance to be an alpha user of our new products.

In return for your help, for the first 100 users, all our tools will be free for you for 6 months.

Sign up here to be part of this group.