Messaging tools for local businesses

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Company mission

To empower local companies with powerful messaging tools so they can achieve their business goals.



HQ Location

Lehi, UT


Few candidates hear
back within 2 weeks

-9% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Podium

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

Podium’s customer messaging platform offers small to medium-sized local businesses a range of solutions for communicating with their customers. The tool helps them to attract reviews, gain feedback, operate webchat as well as manage marketing campaigns and payments.

Since its 2014 launch, the company has evolved from an early focus on customer reviews to cover payment and messaging solutions. With a focus on SMS communications, it's already powering over 100,000 businesses in the US such as La-Z-Boy, Trane Technologies, Zerorez, Ken Garff Auto Group, and Rotmans. Its most recent valuation put Podium at over $3 billion.

Podium is continuing to come out with new services, including the full payments offering with the launch of card readers and a new campaign marketing solution. Its foray into payments has gone better than planned, perhaps unsurprisingly so considering the forced shift to mobile and digital payments in recent years.

Total funding - $418.7m

Last 2 fundraises

Apr 2020



Nov 2021



This company has top investors

Company benefits

  • 401k with a matching contribution plan
  • Unlimited Vacation
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits
  • Onsite gym with local professional coaches
  • Life insurance, long and short-term disability coverage
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Weekly free lunch, breakfast and delicious smoothies

Company values

  • Be a founder
  • Murder drama
  • Enjoy the ride


Eric Rea

(Co-founder & CEO)

Having studied at BYU, Eric founded finegrain in 2011 before spending a year as a Software Engineer for International Atomic Energy Agency. They co-founded Podium in January 2014, and have been CEO since.

Dennis Steele


Dennis started their career as a Sales Manager for Protection 1 Security Solutions before working as Account Manager for PilmerPR and SpotterRF. They worked briefly as a DevMountain Developer, having co-founded Podium with Eric.

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