Employee leave management software


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Company mission

To take the stress out of employee leave, eliminate the associated headache of compliance for employers, and ultimately save time and money.



HQ Location

Rincon Hill, San Francisco, CA


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57% female employees

97% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Sparrow

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

Taking leave from work can initially seem like an easy process, but in reality it’s often stressful and time-consuming for all involved. Employers must comply with ever-changing regulations at local, federal, and state levels which makes the leave process a legal minefield, and large quantities of paperwork must be tackled by many different departments.

Sparrow develops software that allows the HR departments of enterprises to automate the compliance and admin process of employee leave, with the ultimate aim to make taking leave stress-free for employees and employers alike.

Whilst Sparrow faces competition from similar companies, its benchmarking and consulting processes are unique and can tackle complicated and unexpected leave situations where similar products often fail. With substantial funding awarded in 2022 being used to accelerate sales, product development, and team scaling, Sparrow is retaining its edge.

Total funding - $20m

Last fundraise

Feb 2022



Company benefits

  • Everyone is an Owner
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Paid Family & Medical Leave
  • Paid Health, Dental, and Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Commuter Benefits
  • WFH Office Reimbursement
  • Work From Anywhere

Company values

  • We have limited bandwidth - Our business has grown faster than our company. Leave affects everyone. Sparrow’s market is the intersection of people who have jobs and people who take time off work. We do not just lead this market. We invented it. This means that we need to work together to ensure we clearly understand the impact each project will have before we start working.
  • We don't have all the answers - The problems we’re solving are beyond our current expertise, meaning that there is incredible room for growth for everyone joining Sparrow. We are willing to give enormous responsibilities to people at any stage of their career if they demonstrate the ability to run with them.
  • We build for the long-term - Building a sustainable team and product is a marathon, not a sprint. We believe in investing time in planning, communication, training, and personal growth -- so that we are all able to have a lasting impact together.


Started as an AI Researcher at MIT, Harvard, and Google Brain with funding from the National Science Foundation. Lived in Cambodia for a year as a Fulbright Scholar.

14 years at Google Search. Was a Senior Staff Software Engineer, and ran the engineering team responsible for the overall UI of the Google Search Results Page. Graduated from Yale.

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Sparrow is hiring for 4 jobs on Otta!

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Software Engineering

People, HR, Recruitment

Finance, Legal & Compliance

Sales & Account Management

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