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30 Human Resources Startups that Became Unicorns

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The number of successful companies in the Human Resources industry and worth more than $1 billion is becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

Particularly when a lot of these companies were only founded within the last 5 years or so.

That’s why we decided to put together this list of 30 Human Resources companies that have achieved the Unicorn status.

30 Human Resources Unicorns Companies

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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:

    $10.00

    B (

    December 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Edward Kim, Joshua Reeves, Tomer London

  • Industries:

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

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $930.83M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    16

  • Number of investors:

    116

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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:

    $6.50

    B (

    August 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    Parker Conrad, Prasanna Sankar

  • Industries:

    Employment, Human Resources, Information Technology, IT Management, Productivity Tools

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $447.12M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    30

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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:

    $6.30

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Munich

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Arseniy Vershinin, Hanno Renner, Ignaz Forstmeier, Ignaz Forstmeier, Roman Schumacher

  • Industries:

    Employment, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $524.83M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    20

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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:

    $5.50

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2018

  • Founders:

    Alex Bouaziz, Ofer Simon, Shuo Wang

  • Industries:

    FinTech, Human Resources, Recruiting

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $625.15M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    39

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BetterUp

BetterUp

BetterUp is a mobile app developed for Fortune 50 leaders to help identify, track, and improve their leadership skills.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $4.70

    B (

    February 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Alexi Robichaux, Eddie Medina

  • Industries:

    Corporate Training, Human Resources, Personal Development, Training, Wellness

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $566.90M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    24

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Checkr

Checkr

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

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $4.60

    B (

    September 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Daniel Yanisse, Jonathan Perichon

  • Industries:

    Developer APIs, Enterprise Software, Human Resources, Legal, Legal Tech

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $559.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    32

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Globalization Partners

Globalization Partners

GP enables international companies to hire teams without setting up branch offices or subsidiaries.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $4.20

    B (

    January 2022

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Boston

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Nicole Sahin

  • Industries:

    Compliance, Employment, Human Resources, Information Technology

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $353.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    4

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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:

    $3.70

    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:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $438.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Handshake

Handshake

Handshake is a college career network that helps students and recent graduates find their next opportunity.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.50

    B (

    May 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Ben Christensen, Garrett Lord, Scott Ringwelski

  • Industries:

    College Recruiting, Employment, Human Resources, Recruiting

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $430.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    20

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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:

    $3.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Eric Koslow, Jack Altman

  • Industries:

    Enterprise Applications, Human Resources, Management Information Systems, Productivity Tools

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $329.32M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    20

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Workrise

Workrise

Workrise is the leading marketplace for on-demand workers, work services, and everything else that delivers efficiency in the energy industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.90

    B (

    September 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Austin

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Michael Witte, Sandeep Jain, Xuan Yong

  • Industries:

    Energy, Human Resources, Industrial, Marketplace, Online Portals, Public Safety, Service Industry

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $752.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    21

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Odoo

Odoo

Odoo offers an integrated suite of business apps built through an open-source development model.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.30

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Belgium

  • City:

    Louvain-la-Neuve

  • Started in:

    2005

  • Founders:

    Fabien Pinckaers

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Human Resources, Open Source, Software

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $319.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    5

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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:

    $2.20

    B (

    June 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Cesar Carvalho, Joao Barbosa

  • Industries:

    Employee Benefits, Fitness, Human Resources, Wellness

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $529.16M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    13

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Eightfold.ai

Eightfold.ai

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

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.10

    B (

    October 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Santa Clara

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Ashutosh Garg, Varun Kacholia

  • Industries:

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

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $397.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    8

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PayFit

PayFit

PayFit offers technology that simplifies and automates payroll and HR processes for small and medium-sized businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.10

    B (

    January 2022

    )

  • Country:

    United Kingdom

  • City:

    London

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Firmin Zocchetto, Florian Fournier, Ghislain de Fontenay

  • Industries:

    Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Payments, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $497.24M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Hibob

Hibob

Hibob offers a mission critical, cloud-based human resources platform that allows companies to streamline HR processes and engage top talent

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.65

    B (

    October 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Israel

  • City:

    Tel Aviv

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Israel David, Ronni Zehavi

  • Industries:

    Human Resources, Information Technology, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $265.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    14

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SmartHR

SmartHR

Japan-based HR SaaS company that provides cloud-sourced personnel management software for businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.60

    B (

    June 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Japan

  • City:

    Tokyo

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Kensuke Naito, Shoji Miyata

  • Industries:

    Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Human Resources, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $222.34M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    19

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Andela

Andela

Andela is a global talent network that connects businesses to emerging market technical talent.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.50

    B (

    September 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Brice Steven Nkengsa, Christina Sass, Ian Carnevale, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Jeremy Johnson, Nadayar Enegesi

  • Industries:

    B2B, Consulting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Software

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $374.61M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    45

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Culture Amp

Culture Amp

Culture Amp is an employee analytics platform that specializes in staff surveying and analytics.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.50

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Australia

  • City:

    Richmond

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Didier Elzinga, Douglas English, Jon Williams, Rod Hamilton

  • Industries:

    Analytics, Enterprise Software, Human Resources, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $258.30M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    12

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Paradox

Paradox

Paradox is an AI company that helps companies capture and screen candidates, improve conversions, and answer all candidate questions.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.50

    B (

    December 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Scottsdale

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Aaron Matos, Olivia Matos

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Human Resources, Information Technology, Machine Learning

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $253.46M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    13

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SmartRecruiters

SmartRecruiters

SmartRecruiters is an end-to-end recruiting platform that helps companies with talent acquisition.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.50

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Jerome Ternynck

  • Industries:

    Enterprise Software, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS, Social Recruiting, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $274.15M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    10

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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:

    $143.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Envoy

Envoy

Envoy is transforming modern workplaces with innovations that make office life and work more meaningful.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    January 2022

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Larry Gadea

  • Industries:

    Facility Management, Human Resources, Office Administration, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $412.10M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    23

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Phenom People

Phenom People

Phenom is a recruitment platform that leverages AI to help companies attract new talents.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Ambler

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Brad Goldoor, Hari Bayireddy, Mahe Bayireddi

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $163.02M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    11

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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:

    Ireland

  • City:

    Dublin

  • Started in:

    1999

  • Founders:

    Eric Mosley

  • Industries:

    Human Resources, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $11.30M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    5

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apna

apna

Apna is a professional networking and job placement platform that assists blue-collar and gray-collar workers in locating communities and securing employment.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    September 2021

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Bengaluru

  • Started in:

    2019

  • Founders:

    Nirmit Parikh

  • Industries:

    EdTech, Employment, Human Resources, Professional Services, Recruiting

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $192.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    8

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Darwinbox

Darwinbox

Darwinbox is an end-to-end enterprise HR software that enables enterprises to automate the entire employee lifecycle in one HR platform.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    January 2022

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Hyderabad

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Chaitanya Peddi, Jayant Paleti, Rohit Chennamaneni

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Software, Human Resources, Machine Learning, SaaS

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $106.70M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Moka

Moka

Moka is a SaaS-based HR platform that allows companies to optimize recruitment services.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    November 2021

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Guoxing Li, Orion Zhao

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Human Resources, Information Technology, Machine Learning, SaaS, Staffing Agency

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $783.81M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    7

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Remote

Remote

Remote offers international payroll, benefits, and compliance services for employees and contractors.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2019

  • Founders:

    Job van der Voort, Marcelo Lebre

  • Industries:

    Financial Services, Human Resources, Payments, Recruiting

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $315.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    20

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Visier

Visier

Visier is an HR analytics platform that offers cloud-based solutions for workforce analytics and workforce planning.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Canada

  • City:

    Vancouver

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    John Schwarz, Ryan Wong

  • Industries:

    Analytics, Business Intelligence, Human Resources, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $216.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    6

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