London-based Humaans, not to be confused with homo sapiens, has raked in $15 million in a Series A funding round led by Lachy Groom with Exor, Exponent Founders Capital, Shopify founder Tobias Lütke, Slack founder Stewart Butterfield, Niantic COO Megan Quinn, former Asana CRO Oliver Jay, Peakon founder Phil Chambers, BOND General Partner Jay Simons, and former Slack CPO April Underwood all participating. Existing investors Moonfire, Frontline Ventures, and Next Play Ventures also continued their support of the hr-tech startup. A Y Combinator (W21) alumnus, to date, Humaans has raised a total of $20 million.
TL;DR: Humaans claims to be “The fastest way to onboard and manage your staff”.
“Work has changed in fundamental ways, and we’re building tools to help companies embrace these changes. People teams are the company’s best strategic advantage, but only if they’re able to build the systems and processes to fuel its success,” commented co-founder and CEO Giovanni Luperti. “We’re excited to be able to draw on the expertise of some of the best operational and product thinkers from Silicon Valley who have invested in our vision. This funding round will accelerate Humaans’ expansion into the European market and enable us to further invest into Product and Engineering.”
Humaans client list reads of some of today's fastest scaling companies including Pleo, Fidel API, Manyone, Pento, and Birdie. In order to deliver on the reduced “onboarding time by an average of 55% and administrative work by 65%” promise, Humaans, as the name might suggest, offers a human-centric approach to all things HR and is fully integrated with Google Workplace, Slack, Okta, Greenhouse, DocuSign and more.
On the investment Groom, who also got in early on Figma (Read: Adobe) and Notion commented, “There are very few teams that can break through the noise of a busy yet complex market and build a truly exceptional and beloved product. Humaans has the world-class product team to build the People stack needed for world-class organizations today, and are willing to play on longer time horizons than most to create a meaningful business.”