It appears they’re adding a Magento & eBay link to their arsenal (see their shhhh page here) and I’m super curious!
If we look at the different SaaS (Software as a Service) providers out there, they’ve all originated from different angles:
- ChannelAdvisor came from the perspective of eBay
- And so did MarketWorks too
- eSellerPro came from an order processing perspective, for which the marketplaces & listing were added later.
- 247 TopSeller has hefty Amazon slant to it
- StoreFeeder came from a Fulfilment perspective
- Linnworks came from an ERP and MRP satellite systems
- ChannelGrabber from a need to combine eBay & Amazon together
Brightpearl, Where Did They Come From?
As we’ve seen above each of these providers have come unique points of view and Brightpearl isn’t exception. Brightpearl came from two entrepreneurs and co-founders Chris Tanner and Andrew Mulvenna, whom was frustrated with the likes of NetSuite & Sage and how everything from a website (osCommerce) & accounting perspective was not linked and hindrance to his business at the time called “Lush Longboards”.
A years coding bender in 2006/2007 led to the development of Brightpearl, two investments later from Eden Ventures & Notion Capital, Brightpearl have over 6000 customers, a solid product that combines the features of a inventory management system, full-blown accounting (including purchase orders, quotes & invoices), contacts & a CRM tool (which is excellent I hasten to add! They’ve extended the Rapportive extension that links with Gmail), a web-based EPOS system (this is very cool) and an eCommerce offering for integrated websites.
Recently Kate Gover from Lahloo Tea discussed how Brightpearl helps her business. The video is below:
eBay can get deep very quickly and Magento API is pretty poor currently, especially if you want to do complex tasks. I don’t know how far they’ve gone with the integrations yet, but even if they’ve done the basics such as stock control and order aggregation, it could be pretty slick.
Now it’s looking like they are adding a Magento integration and an eBay integration…. From a different perspective, that of website & accounting, that’s why I’m curious.