Help Scout

Customer service platform

Customer service

Company mission

To make customer service more human.



HQ Location

South of Washington, Boston, MA


42% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Help Scout

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Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Customer service is fundamental to customer-centric businesses in all industries, with studies suggesting that 73% of companies with good customer service make more money. However, many companies fail to interact with their customers effectively, especially at scale. This is the problem that Help Scout is out to remedy.

The company offers an automated customer service platform with multiple features including email management, live chat software, and customer knowledge bases. More than 12000 businesses employ Help Scout, including big names such as Nordstrom, Mixmax, and Honey.

The company has a number of competitors, most notably Zendesk, however Help Scout differentiates itself by offering a streamlined service that can be better utilized by smaller businesses as well as enterprises, with affordable pricing making it suitable to serve all sizes of company.

Total funding - $28.1m

Last 2 fundraises

Feb 2017



Jan 2021



This company has top investors

Company benefits

  • Everyone is paid based on a formula that’s public to employees and optimized for fairness. You are paid the same no matter where you live
  • We invest in 100% health and dental for your family, life/disability insurance, and retirement savings (1% 401k match in US) for all our teammates
  • We recommend four weeks, but it’s flexible. New parents get twelve weeks to welcome a new family member. Stay 4 years and take a sabbatical!
  • Work at Help Scout, become a world traveler! It’s all part of our semi-annual retreats. Recent locations include Portugal, Mexico, Spain, and the US
  • Every employee has the opportunity to become a shareholder and be part of the company’s success. We also have a public formula for option grants
  • In addition to a laptop and the basics, we help fund your home office, co-working space, personal development, and more

Company values

  • For profit and for purpose: We’re a Certified B Corporation, which means Help Scout is accountable to inclusive, sustainable business practices. We’ve also committed 1% of our equity to corporate philanthropy via Pledge 1%. If your organization is making an impact, we’d love to help!
  • Diverse team, better everything: The data is indisputable: diverse teams perform better. In the interest of building the best product and the most thriving and inclusive company, we’re committed to a diverse team that understands and reflects our customer base.
  • Do less, do it better: Instead of chasing feature parity, we aspire to build products that get the details right. Doing support is a tough job, and we’re fiercely committed to helping our customers feel like they’ve got superpowers.
  • Remote first: We’ve worked remotely from day one and have seen the extraordinary benefits of a remote-first company and culture. It enables us to hire the best talent we can find, and for our team to enjoy flexibility and unprecedented work-life harmony.


Previously an Owner at Project 83, before co-founding Help Scout.

Jared McDaniel


After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee, they were a President and Designer at Studio430 before co-founding Help Scout.

After working as Senior Systems Analyst at The Associates, they were a Senior Consultant at Springbow and a Technical Lead at American Express. Before co-founding Help Scout, they founded Akcelo, a consulting service.

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