We use Google Workspace to collaborate all the time–it’s the backbone of our remote team. We source talent from Maine and Chile, and we can all work together.
Founder & CEO
After working long days wrangling teenagers on school trips to Patagonia in Argentina, Max Echeverría would then have to spend another couple hours sending reports to supervisors and anxious parents. “All I wanted was to get a little more sleep,” he recalls. That was the spark for Eskuad, the mobile-first field data platform Max, a native of Chile, founded in 2019; Eskuad is now based in Maine. It lets workers in remote areas enter data on the spot instead of waiting for internet access, saving time and boosting accuracy. Max and his team developed synching algorithms that transmit the most crucial data at low bandwidth, with the rest following once connectivity improves. The app is distributed on Google Play, which Max says gives Eskuad added credibility. The international team uses Google Workspace tools to collaborate, coordinating almost daily with Google Meet.
In 2021, Eskuad moved to Portland, a hub for their main user base of maritime, forestry, and tourism industries. Eskuad was accepted into the Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund in 2022. “That was huge,” Max recalls. “We were developing a new version of the app, so we weren’t selling and were almost out of funds. It came just in time.” Besides the financial award, the program’s sales training was key. “Revenue has grown 2.5 times,” Max says. “In the first two months of this year alone, app engagement was 110 percent of what it was all of last year. That’s a direct result of the training we got.” Eskuad now serves 33 companies, up from seven before the award, and investors have noticed. “Our funding round is oversubscribed. That was mostly due to the growth and Google’s seal of approval,” he shares. Eskuad is updating features and expanding to more countries, but Max says their mission is the same: “We’re helping people work better and get home to rest, instead of spending time building reports.”