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Worksphere simplifies workplace management for hybrid offices where employees work in-office or remote. We automate desk booking, safe entry approval, and give you office usage data to right-size your workplace.


Date Established 09/2020
Founder Theresa Klaassen, Mark Piper, Aakhil Fardeen
Headquarters Seattle, WA, USA
Press Contact Theresa Klaassen


Worksphere helps companies manage a hybrid workplace where employees work from the office and from home.

Worksphere offers safety tools like vaccine record tracking, contact tracing and health screenings to keep employees safe. Businesses can use the unique data insights about how their offices are being used to right-size their workplaces and maximize employee productivity.

Founding Story

Worksphere's co-founders previously founded Lish, Seattle's largest tech-enabled catering marketplace for offices. At the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Lish could no longer keep operating. Rather than shut their doors, the founding team reached out to their clients at some of Seattle's best companies to understand the new needs of a post-pandemic workplace.

Their clients, primarily HR and Facilities managers, reported that they didn’t have the tools needed to deliver on the safe, hybrid, modern office. The Worksphere team built their software platform to meet these needs.

Team Bios

Aakhil Fardeen

CEO, Co-founder

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Aakhil is a startup founder and product leader. He loves to solve problems and make people's lives simpler and better. He has held product leadership positions at Amazon and Zillow.

At Amazon he started the e-textbooks business, grew it to over $150M in revenue and received a patent for a business model he developed. Most recently he co-founded Lish with Mark, and built it to a profitable business generating over $1M in monthly revenue.

Aakhil has been featured in Geekwire, The Seattle Times, KOMO News and other leading media. He is an Electrical Engineer and received his MBA from Dartmouth.

Mark Piper

CTO, Co-founder

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Mark is a technology leader and startup CTO. Over the course of his career he has built large engineering teams and developed simple products to solve complex problems.

He was at Amazon for 10 years as an engineering leader and manager, starting a team in Kindle and authoring key systems powering Amazon's vendor costs and contracts. Most recently he co-founded Lish. Apart from building the technology to support Lish's $10M+ business, he partnered with the CEO to run the business.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts with a BS in Computer Science and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Carnegie Mellon with a MS in Software Engineering.

Theresa Klaassen


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Theresa is an entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience leading high-performing teams in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. Theresa’s diverse career has taken her on a journey from founding a Seattle coffee roastery, to being the Executive Director of a nonprofit serving hundreds of families, to leading Customer Success and Sales teams at multiple tech startups from launch to scale.

Prior to co-founding Workpshere, she worked with her fellow co-founders as the Director of Operations and Customer Success at Lish managing over $10M ARR. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.  

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