UK tech start-up Temporall, founded by a former Google global director, has announced a £1m ‘seed+’ funding round from UK-based VC Luminous Ventures.

The firm has developed an AI and analytics-based platform to give key performance insights to leadership teams for the likes of Google, Blue Prism, Rakuten, Dyson, Anthony Nolan and XL Media.

Its recent growth includes securing two new premium partnerships and hiring senior tech hires in ex-Google manager Rune Bentien and ex-CTO at News International and EVP at Fox Corporation, Xen Lategan.

The hires are part of the firm’s commitment to quadruple its employees by 2022.

Founded in 2017 and based in London, its founder and CEO Thomas Davies said the firm’s momentum has come at the right time.

“We’ve worked closely with customers and partners to help them make sense of their own organisational performance. Now, under the most challenging market conditions in living memory, the value provided by our Workbench platform has been proven. This is allowing us to invest in our team, our technology and our growth strategy,” he said.

“We’re tackling a global leadership problem that has actually been accentuated by the pandemic. All businesses have problems to solve and opportunities to pursue. But if the leadership team doesn’t have a clear picture of what’s happening within their own organisation, it makes it very difficult to get things done.

“This ‘partial insight’ causes strategies to fail and risk to be magnified. That’s why I started Temporall – to bring clarity to leaders. We help leadership teams understand where they are, what to do next and in what order.”

One of the firm’s latest clients, Blue Prism, is delivering a programme to support blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

“It is important for us to understand how colleagues are thinking and feeling – so much has changed about the way we work in such a short space of time,” said Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan.

“Temporall’s software will allow us to show us where we are already working well and how we can improve in the future.”