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Human Resources Unicorns

Top 14 Human Resources (HR) Unicorn Startups in 2021

Here's a list of 14 Human Resource unicorn startups, including the well-known ZipRecruiter and Deel.

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Being a unicorn startup is what you wish for in the later stage of the company’s growth.

It means that the startup has crossed the $1 billion mark and has become a unicorn.

Many startups will try to achieve this status but only a few make it.

Below, we listed 14 Human Resources companies that have already achieved this status.

Top 14 HR Unicorn Startups

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Checkr

Checkr

Checkr empowers enterprises to run background checks faster, smarter, and more cost effectively.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.20

    B (

    September 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Daniel Yanisse, Jonathan Perichon

  • Industries:

    Developer APIs, Enterprise Software, Human Resources, Information Services, Internet, Legal, Legal Tech, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $309,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    25

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Deel

Deel

Deel is an international payroll and compliance platform that allows you to pay your employees remotely, regardless of their country.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.25

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2018

  • Founders:

    Alex Bouaziz, Ofer Simon, Shuo Wang

  • Industries:

    FinTech, Human Resources, Payments, Recruiting

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $204,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    27

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Eightfold

Eightfold

Eightfold is a professional organization that guides companies in their talent search.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Mountain View

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Ashutosh Garg, Varun Kacholia

  • Industries:

    Business Intelligence, Human Resources, Information Technology, Recruiting, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $176,750,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    6

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Gusto

Gusto

Gusto transforms the way businesses operate by providing tools to manage payroll, benefits, and HR in one place.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.80

    B (

    December 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Edward Kim, Josh Reeves, Joshua Reeves, Tomer London

  • Industries:

    Employee Benefits, Enterprise Software, Financial Services, FinTech, Human Resources, Personal Finance, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $516,100,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    15

  • Number of investors:

    106

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Gympass

Gympass

​Gympass is a workforce wellness and corporate fitness management platform, making it easy to connect employees with the wellness tools they need.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Brazil

  • City:

    Brasil

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Cesar Carvalho, Joao Barbosa

  • Industries:

    Employee Benefits, Fitness, Human Resources, Wellness

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $300,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    12

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Justworks

Justworks

Justworks provides essential human-centric benefits, payroll, HR, and employee engagement software for small businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.43

    B (

    January 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Iris Ramos, Isaac Oates

  • Industries:

    B2B, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Human Resources, Internet, Payments, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $143,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    13

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Lattice

Lattice

Lattice is a people management application that helps people leaders and teams to organize their digital workplace.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Eric Koslow, Jack Altman

  • Industries:

    Enterprise Applications, Human Resources, Information Technology, Productivity Tools, Software

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $154,320,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    18

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Papaya Global

Papaya Global

Papaya Global offers a secure, integrated, and customizable HR and payroll platform that can be used anywhere in the world.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Eynat Guez, Ofer Herman, Ruben Drong

  • Industries:

    Data Integration, Employment, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $194,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    14

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Personio

Personio

Personio is a cloud-based HR management and recruiting platform that empowers employers with the tools they need to attract, track, and build effective teams.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.70

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    München

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Arseniy Vershinin, Hanno Renner, Ignaz Forstmeier, Roman Schumacher

  • Industries:

    Employment, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $254,332,944

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    17

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Phenom People

Phenom People

Phenom is a recruitment platform that uses artificial intelligence to streamline the hiring process and make it more cost-efficient for companies of all sizes.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Ambler

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Brad Goldoor, Hari Bayireddy, Mahe Bayireddi

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Human Resources, Recruiting, Software

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $161,419,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Rippling

Rippling

Rippling is an all-in-one HR solution for small to midsize business owners who need to manage employee management.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.35

    B (

    August 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Parker Conrad, Prasanna Sankar

  • Industries:

    Employment, Human Resources, Information Technology, IT Management, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $197,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    29

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Workhuman

Workhuman

Workhuman® takes employee recognition to the next level, offering companies a platform that constantly delivers feedback, motivation and rewards to drive performance.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.20

    B (

    June 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Framingham

  • Started in:

    1999

  • Founders:

    Eric Mosley

  • Industries:

    Human Resources, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $131,476,644

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    5

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Zenefits

Zenefits

Zenefits is the most affordable, all-in-one HR platform. They’re dedicated to helping small businesses succeed by making employees happier and more productive.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $4.50

    B (

    May 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Laks Srini, Parker Conrad

  • Industries:

    Human Resources, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $584,100,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    36

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ZipRecruiter

ZipRecruiter

ZipRecruiter is a fast, free way to post any job and hire candidates via mobile or email.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2018

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Santa Monica

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Ian Siegel, Joe Edmonds, Ward Poulos, Willis Redd

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Employment, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $219,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    3

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