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Sharktower headquarters in Edinburgh and aims to be a global leader in AI-driven project management software after launch of new business

Posted: 2nd March 2020

After five years of development, testing and proving of Sharktower’s project management software as part of Mudano Limited’s consulting business, within numerous Tier 1 FS client projects and enterprise change portfolios; the product has launched as a separate standalone SaaS business, Sharktower AI Limited on 24th February.

Now headquartered in Edinburgh, the team aims to expand to over 50 next year with further investment plans to support channel and international expansion towards becoming a global leader in AI-driven project management software.

Craig Mackay, Sharktower CEO, added, “I am hugely proud to have been a part of Mudano’s leadership over the last 3.5 years, reaching this pivotal opportunity for both businesses to accelerate. It is with even greater pride that I can lead the new Sharktower business as CEO during the next phase of growth. It is an exciting time to be able to headquarter and grow a technology company with global ambitions from Edinburgh – continuing to benefit from the amazing ecosystem that has been created here and the continued support of Scottish Enterprise. We hope to play our own part in making Edinburgh the number one destination of tech & data companies and talent in Europe.”

Forming the new business focused entirely on their vision of building the autonomous project, will enable the company to accelerate their R&D into AI-driven project management solutions, as well as accelerating the expansion of their product offerings and partnerships.

Lynsey Taylor, Sharktower Head of Customer Success, said, “We have had great success as part of Mudano’s growth, supporting their excellence in client delivery and providing the platform to develop our product. It enabled us to grow the Sharktower engineering team from 5 people in 2016 to a mature product organisation of over 30 people today. The world is being transformed by AI and data-led processes and Sharktower is already a leader in the space of AI-driven project management; this is absolutely the right time for us to stand alone, accelerate our vision and diversify our opportunities. I am immensely excited about the opportunity we have in front of us – and I can’t wait to continue to help our customers remove the waste and failures in project delivery.”


About the Product

Sharktower is AI for portfolio and project management. It provides portfolio insights visualisation, predictive analytics and decision-making without bias. Helping project teams spot and mitigate problems before they happen.

A sharktower at the beach is used to spot danger on the horizon, and our AI-driven project management software does the same job for project delivery.

Our SaaS product provides full-suite portfolio and project management features that go beyond traditional PPM solutions to create an entirely new data-driven and collaborative delivery experience:

  • Innovative real-time collaboration brings all stakeholders together
  • Transparency from business objectives through to project scope delivery
  • Enterprise data ingestion and integrated portfolio visualisations
  • Predictive analytics and ML models to help spot problems before they occur
  • AI-driven personalisation and recommendations; your project assistant

About the Company

Developed as a solution for delivering their professional services in a more transparent and data-driven way, Sharktower was originally conceived as part of Mudano Limited. Founded in November 2014, Mudano has since seen significant growth as a leading FS data services and solutions consultancy in the UK. The first-generation version of Sharktower BETA went live in March 2015.

As part of this, Sharktower benefited from over five years of continual development and live proving as Mudano’s delivery platform for client projects, as well as extended usage by their clients on their own internal projects. This included significant research collaboration with our customers, that provided the test bed for our data-driven features in Sharktower.

In October 2017 we opened our Edinburgh office as part of a £6M investment over three years into Sharktower’s AI R&D, including matched funding and support from Scottish Enterprise. This also resulted in an entire re-build of the Sharktower platform from the ground up to transform the product’s scalability, tech stack and UI to our next generation version, which launched in December 2018.

This has provided us with the privileged position of having a mature product that has been thoroughly market- and user-tested. In August 2019 we took Sharktower direct to market as a B2B SaaS offering with a soft launch.

This resulted in the subsequent spin-out to a standalone software business, Sharktower AI Ltd, in February 2020. The business has raised a further +£3M seed funding from the Mudano co-founders and existing Sharktower leadership team to accelerate market plans 2020.

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