Cork hair-salon booking app sold for €15 million

Cork hair-salon booking app sold for €15 million
David O'Flynn has sold his WhatSalon app for a reported €15 million.

A Corkman has sold his hair salon booking app to an international software company for a reported figure of €15 million.

The Jonas division of Constellation Software has bought the Irish hair and beauty software firm, WhatSalon from founder David O’Flynn.

WhatSalon was set up in 2013 in Cork as a free mobile app for iPhone and android that allowed users to make last minute, real time hair and beauty appointments. It was aimed at both customers and salon owners.

WhatSalon grew out of the support from investors that included North Cork Enterprise Board; Enterprise Ireland; Tolisons Capital; SOS Ventures as well as some private investors. 

In late 2017 it was decided to look at opportunities for ramping up growth. This lead to conversations between WhatSalon and the Jonas Division of Constellation Software Inc.

The Jonas Division already owns a number of the leading salon and spa software brands which service up to 45,000 salons and spas globally. WhatSalon is now in the process of integrating with many of these brands which will allow for the roll out of the platform on a global scale. 

Since the recent acquisition the company has been in stealth mode building both its technology base and integrations ahead of a planned launch to UK consumers in early 2019 and further markets are being considered.

Having completed both a Law degree and Master of Laws degree from UCC, David O’Flynn went on to found Tolisons Capital, a family office focused on early stage technology businesses. 

A Former Governor of the University of Limerick and former Government appointed member of Shannon Aviation Business Development Task Force, David has also served as a mentor on a number of pan European Start Up accelerator programs – Startupbootcamp & HealthXL.

Following the Jonas acquisition of What Salon David retains the Managing Director position while the business is rolled out across the UK.

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