Automated payroll, benefits & HR platform


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Company mission

To create a world where work empowers a better life.



HQ Location

Central Waterfront, San Francisco, CA


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back within 2 weeks

45% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Gusto

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

For many small businesses, vital administrative tasks such as payroll, taxes, and benefits are manual tasks that take time and energy which many SMB owners don’t have. The three co-founders of Gusto – all coming from small business backgrounds – collaborated on a Fintech company that would handle employee payments, benefits administration, and compliance support specifically for small businesses.

The company may have started slowly, as the founders focused on nailing each individual aspect of Gusto’s operations, but has now skyrocketed to unicorn status with more than 200,000 customers and a multi-billion dollar valuation. In 2021, Gusto began acquiring other companies to strengthen its offering and its position in a competitive market, including two other fintech startups, Ardius and Symmetry.

Through its continued acquisitions and fundraising efforts, the company has carved out a strong position for itself in the space. Although Gusto has found itself impacted by the macroeconomic situation, through the significant effect it has had on its clientele, the company still appears positive for the future, and continues to consolidate its platform - for example by integrating with OpenComp to grant its users access to the company's Compensation Intelligence Platform.

Total funding - $706.1m

Last 2 fundraises

Aug 2021



May 2022



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Company benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, plus a variety of mental health resources
  • Flexible vacation - Gusties are encouraged to take the time off they need to continue doing great work
  • Fertility treatments, parental leave, pregnancy termination, caregiving, gender-affirming surgery, hormone treatments, transgender-inclusive services, and more
  • If you work at one of our homebases, enjoy food, drinks, and good conversation — on us
  • Celebrate 5 or 10 years at Gusto and take a month off to recharge
  • Take advantage of internet, phone, commuter, and wellness stipends each month, along with a WFH stipend and cash for anniversaries

Company values

  • Embody a service mindset - Never stop advocating for the needs of others
  • Dream big, then make it real - Be ambitious. Show and do, rather than tell and talk
  • Be proud of the how - Ensure deep integrity in everything you do
  • Embrace an ownership mentality - Take initiative to leave things better than you found them
  • Debate then commit - Share openly, question respectfully, and once a decision is made, commit fully


Studied Electrical Engineering at Stanford and went onto co-found Gusto in 2011.

Has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. Was a Researcher at Intel, and then interned at Bump Technologies. Co-founded Vizmo, a mobile self-service technologies company, in 2008. Co-founded Gusto in 2011.

Edward Kim

(Head of Engineering)

Studied Electrical Engineering at Stanford. Was Senior Project Engineer at Volkswagen of America Electronics Research Lab and then co-founded Picwing, a printed photos company, in 2008. Co-founded Gusto in 2011.

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