Luke Kaines. (Photo by Clickety)
Luke kaines loves tools.
As a young man, he learned why they are important while building houses with his father. He later became a systems administrator and realized that there were no tools available to automate parts of his jobs, so he founded a company in 2005 called Puppet that would provide them for him.
“I am qualified for my career to trust the tools,” he said.
But while trying to run Puppet – a leading cloud infrastructure automation company based in Portland, Oregon. – Kaines was frustrated by the lack of management tools.
Now he sets out to build a solution.
Kaines is the founder of Clickety, a Portland startup that aims to help CEOs and managers keep track of their relationships and conversations with employees, investors, customers, and others. He describes Clickety as “project management for people.”
Clickety is similar to tools like Salesforce and Outreach that help salespeople keep track of leads, but it’s designed for leaders who spend most of their day interacting with people in meetings, over the phone, or via email. Journalists, analysts and lawyers are also potential users.
Kaines said that Clickety is “the easiest way to make lists of people and work with those lists.”
The software connects with email and calendar applications, and tracks past conversations so users can recall discussion topics, promises made, actions taken, or other key information.
“Let’s take what developers have for code, what spreadsheet horsemen have for numbers, and build it for people,” he said of the company’s approach.
In some ways, Clickety is similar to popular work management software like Trello or Asana. But Kaines believes there is room for another tool.
“People are one of the most important entities in business,” he said. “There should be tools, not just for people trying to close deals, but for anyone whose careers are built around people.”
He added: “Excel is to accountants what Clickety is to leaders.”
Kaines, who left the daily duties at Puppet in 2016 but remains a board member, founded Clickety in 2019 and raised an initial round of $ 2 million from Founders’ Co-op, Flying Fish, Oregon Venture Fund, Liquid 2 Ventures, and angel investors, including Kenny Van Zant, a longtime Puppet board member, and Jay Simons, a former chairman of Atlassian. The startup employs six people.
Clickety has a few hundred users and will make an official launch later this year. The company plans to charge $ 25 per month or $ 250 per year, a high price compared to alternative products. Kaines said the target market is managers who can pay that cost or spend it on their company. The hope is to start with individual user adoption but ultimately sign business deals, he said.