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How Dan Bladen, CEO & Founder OF Kadence, Is Disrupting Hybrid Work

Over the last 18 months, Dan Bladen, CEO and founder of Kadence, has amassed an incredible journey with his business. The pandemic allowed his team to re-evaluate what they were doing and saw no chance greater than helping redefine the way humanity works for today and future generations.

Kadence went into the pandemic producing a wireless charging product and software management system. During the height of the mass confusion, the Kadence management team had to come together, making the difficult choices to prioritize ambitious products and features, and set out to design a tool that made moving to hybrid super simple, credibly delightful to use, and the secret weapon for companies.

Kadence Showcases Post-Pandemic Hybrid Potential 

 As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, the company offerings will be imperative for ambitious companies adopting hybrid working. Kandace’s competitors have built tools to help companies manage their office space. Still, Kadence has found a way to create an operating system that will form the foundation of a company‘s hybrid strategy.

 “The way we work has changed forever,” said Bladen. “The primary platform for work is no longer the office, and the primary platform is now the working week.” Kadence believes that the office must now be viewed as another part of the employee’s tool kit, which employees can use when they see fit to suit their particular type of work. 

Kadence’s fundamental approach attracts customers to what they’re building. Bladen believes that “the workplace is no longer a physical space but now a network for all relationships inside an organization. It’s going to be difficult for some companies to adapt to hybrid working well; for many people, it could cause frustrations as they start to adjust.” 

He has witnessed this first-hand—with a staff member turning up at the office hoping to see their colleague that they need to collaborate on a project with or to casually catch up—only to find that they’re not in the office that day when they go in. 

And this is where Kadence comes in, with its desk booking and room booking software, which also helps with intelligent scheduling. 

The Future Of Hybrid Work Is Digital

All the micro details are managed through an app, and users receive an alert if their colleague is going into the office the next day. This allows him or her to book a desk next to them and add that day to their Kadence for everyone to see. It provides the platform needed to restore rhythm to our working days after being out of sync for so long. 

Bladen surmises that people want to go back to the workplace. Nine out of ten companies are choosing to adopt a hybrid route as their strategy going forward for the indefinite future emerging from COVID-19. The company isn’t just about booking desks and meeting rooms, but about helping people make the right connections and ensure that they’re not just passing like ships in the night. Something extraordinary happens when people are in the same room and work physically as a team. Kadence has confidence it will soon become the company’s secret weapon to make that happen. 

People will, quite rightly, be cautious as we emerge from the pandemic. With the COVID health screening app, companies can be sure that their staff can track whether they’re vaccinated and symptomless before returning to the workplace. This will be an essential step for safety precaution as society reopens. But, of course, the most important thing is that we all get into a Kadence. 

Kadence As The Future Of Hybrid Work

Within the next five to ten yearsKadence intends to redefine how companies go hybrid completely. “We believe many companies are sleepwalking into hybrid without understanding the impact that will have on their working culture, use of space, and productivity,” said Bladen. In fact, in five years, he sees Kadence being used by thousands of organizations worldwide. In ten years, he foresees the company making astute recommendations and magical adjustments to people’s working schedules to help optimize when, where, and how people meet to do their best work.

 Most people have three work apps on their phone – email, messaging, and video calling. This is a highly sought-after and exclusive group of companies to supply millions of people with these three core apps. But, there will be the need for a fourth app to manage hybrid – and Kadence, says Bladen, will define that category. 


Olivia Liveng is a contributor at Disrupt Magazine and an award-winning travel, entrepreneurship, and lifestyle journalist and editor who relocated to Copenhagen from NYC. She has been featured in The New York Post, Fodors, L.A. Style Magazine, and Forbes.

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