Michael Ashcroft was an estimator at Kane Constructions, and then a Contracts Administrator with BECTON. Frustrated by manual processes of sending out construction drawings, following up on quotes, and answering calls from subcontractors about projects they’d lost, Mike believed there surely had to be a better way.
Mike reached out to Andrew Ritchie, an old friend who was a bit of a whiz with computers. Together, they set out to build really intuitive software that would help take out the drudge work of estimating, freeing people to leave work on time and spend more time with their families.
After a few false starts, we ultimately developed a very simple product that was a big hit for subcontractors - our tender noticeboard. Our tender noticeboard simply lists commercial construction tenders across Australia, and the builders who are bidding on them. It’s not rocket science, but feedback suggests it was what the industry was yearning for.
In 2012, we hired our first employee, Alicia. That year, we also launched our Tender Documentation Platform, allowing head contractors to issue tender documents to EstimateOne members and their own preferred subcontractors alike. This started exponential growth in the company, with builders and subcontractors flocking to EstimateOne.
Now, in 2017, we have a team of 15 in our Melbourne office, and we all feel proud to have helped 35,000 organisations win their share of $56 billion worth of work. We’ve launched more products that extend the power of EstimateOne to site teams.
And we’re excited about what lies ahead.
Michael and Andrew put their heads together and start sketching out concepts for a tender workflow system.
Tender workflow software demonstrated to three key builders. Feedback positive, but common theme: “Subbies won't use this!”
Mike and Andrew switch tact. They build a tender noticeboard for subcontractors and suppliers, listing open commercial tenders. It's a hit.
After multiple requests from builders, EstimateOne is expanded to support the delivery of tender documents to subcontractors and suppliers.
The platform becomes very popular with subcontractors across Australia, who value it for it's ease of use, as well as the number of projects available.
EstimateOne goes multi-national. We discover the same process problems in New Zealand, and the platform is a hit across the ditch.
EstimateOne signs it's 200th client in Australia, becoming the clear market leader in the tender workflow and RFQ-issuing space.
EstimateOne goes beyond estimating for the first time. Products are launched to help delivery and site teams communicate more effectively with subbies and suppliers.
EstimateOne experiences extremely strong growth, becoming the dominant pre-construction communication platform across Australia & New Zealand.