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这家公司专注于薪资数字化管理,获3500万美元融资

这家公司专注于薪资数字化管理,获3500万美元融资

David Z. Morris 2021年02月04日
Check进入的行业已相当拥挤。

低调运营两年后,为企业薪资管理数字化提供软件工具的初创公司Check,于当地1月27日宣布在最新一轮融资中募集了3500万美元。

该轮融资由风投公司Thrive Capital和数字支付巨头Stripe领投,但并未披露公司估值。

Check融资总额在该轮融资后达到了4400万美元。

Stripe的参与格外引人注目,因为Check借鉴了Stripe为数字化经济构建支付基础设施的战略。区别在于Stripe协助企业在线接收信用卡支付,而Check主要打通薪酬管理与快速增长的企业管理软件工具。Check的联合创始人兼首席执行官安德鲁•布朗和团队大部分成员此前供职于电子书初创公司Oyster,2015年被谷歌收购。

Check进入的行业已相当拥挤。独立薪资和人力资源软件,如ADP和Workday,已在企业广泛使用。成立于2012年的薪资管理平台Gusto表示,其客户已有10万。Square跟Check类似,都面对小企业,已经为企业提供结合销售和工时单功能的薪资服务。

但据布朗称,Check专注的是小众且并未获得良好服务的公司,这样一来开发人员更容易将薪资管理功能集成到更多软件中。

许多商用软件包服务的都是特定类别的小企业,如水管工、沙龙或咖啡店等。其中一些业务管理工具,如餐饮管理软件Toast,已经包含了薪资管理功能。但布朗表示,薪资管理数字化相当复杂,涉及在不同司法管辖区为员工自动代扣税款等等,如果开发者目标市场较小,从头开始开发相关功能太困难也太昂贵。

“试想一下瑜伽馆或健身房日常运营使用的软件,”布朗说,“他们可以管理员工人数,通过软件预定课程,接受客户付款。但实际上无法完成薪资管理,最终还是需要将数据导出到其他工具里。”

Check则能解决核心问题,能更方便地将薪资管理添加到管理软件中。布朗说,Check除了能完成税额计算并将税款转给对应的税务员,还能利用系统服务生成纳税申报表。

Check称,按商业用户数向大多数客户收取固定费用,再加上按领取薪酬的员工数收取费用。

Stripe的在线支付平台与之模式大致相似,过去十年里已成长为市值高达1000亿美元的私营巨头。但按美元计算,Check的市场比Stripe的还要大。根据摩根大通的数据,Stripe的主要收入来源是美国在线信用卡和借记卡支付,2019年总额为3487亿美元。根据美国劳工统计局的数据, Check专注的薪资管理业务在美国的年交易额接近9万亿美元,Stripe的一项研究发现,四分之三的企业都使用方便本行业薪酬管理的管理软件。(钜富中国网)

译者:梁宇

审校:夏林

低调运营两年后,为企业薪资管理数字化提供软件工具的初创公司Check,于当地1月27日宣布在最新一轮融资中募集了3500万美元。

该轮融资由风投公司Thrive Capital和数字支付巨头Stripe领投,但并未披露公司估值。

Check融资总额在该轮融资后达到了4400万美元。

Stripe的参与格外引人注目,因为Check借鉴了Stripe为数字化经济构建支付基础设施的战略。区别在于Stripe协助企业在线接收信用卡支付,而Check主要打通薪酬管理与快速增长的企业管理软件工具。Check的联合创始人兼首席执行官安德鲁•布朗和团队大部分成员此前供职于电子书初创公司Oyster,2015年被谷歌收购。

Check进入的行业已相当拥挤。独立薪资和人力资源软件,如ADP和Workday,已在企业广泛使用。成立于2012年的薪资管理平台Gusto表示,其客户已有10万。Square跟Check类似,都面对小企业,已经为企业提供结合销售和工时单功能的薪资服务。

但据布朗称,Check专注的是小众且并未获得良好服务的公司,这样一来开发人员更容易将薪资管理功能集成到更多软件中。

许多商用软件包服务的都是特定类别的小企业,如水管工、沙龙或咖啡店等。其中一些业务管理工具,如餐饮管理软件Toast,已经包含了薪资管理功能。但布朗表示,薪资管理数字化相当复杂,涉及在不同司法管辖区为员工自动代扣税款等等,如果开发者目标市场较小,从头开始开发相关功能太困难也太昂贵。

“试想一下瑜伽馆或健身房日常运营使用的软件,”布朗说,“他们可以管理员工人数,通过软件预定课程,接受客户付款。但实际上无法完成薪资管理,最终还是需要将数据导出到其他工具里。”

Check则能解决核心问题,能更方便地将薪资管理添加到管理软件中。布朗说,Check除了能完成税额计算并将税款转给对应的税务员,还能利用系统服务生成纳税申报表。

Check称,按商业用户数向大多数客户收取固定费用,再加上按领取薪酬的员工数收取费用。

Stripe的在线支付平台与之模式大致相似,过去十年里已成长为市值高达1000亿美元的私营巨头。但按美元计算,Check的市场比Stripe的还要大。根据摩根大通的数据,Stripe的主要收入来源是美国在线信用卡和借记卡支付,2019年总额为3487亿美元。根据美国劳工统计局的数据, Check专注的薪资管理业务在美国的年交易额接近9万亿美元,Stripe的一项研究发现,四分之三的企业都使用方便本行业薪酬管理的管理软件。(钜富中国网)

译者:梁宇

审校:夏林

Check, a startup building software tools for digitizing business payrolls, emerged from two years in stealth mode this morning with the announcement that it has raised $35 million in a fresh funding round.

The round was led by investments from Thrive Capital and the digital payments giant Stripe. No valuation for the startup was disclosed.

With this new round, the startup has raised a total of $44 million.

Stripe’s participation is notable, since Check is drawing from Stripe’s strategy of building payments infrastructure for the increasingly digital economy. While Stripe helps businesses to accept credit card payments online, Check is focused on connecting payroll systems with the fast-growing array of software tools for managing businesses. Check cofounder and CEO Andrew Brown, and much of his team, were previously behind the ebook startup Oyster, which was acquired by Google in 2015.

Check will be entering a fairly crowded field. Standalone payroll and HR software, such as ADP and Workday, is already widely used by enterprises. The digital payroll platform Gusto, founded in 2012, says it has 100,000 clients. And Square, which shares its focus on small business with Check, already offers payroll services that integrate with its sales and timesheet features.

But according to Brown, his company is focused on a niche not well-served by established players: making it easier for developers to integrate payroll features into a wider variety of software.

Many business software packages cater to specific categories of small business, such as plumbers, salons, or coffee shops. Some of these business management tools, such as the restaurant software Toast, already include payroll features. But Brown says the complexity of digitizing payroll, including the need to automate tax withholding for employees in various jurisdictions, makes building those features from the ground up too difficult and expensive for developers with smaller target markets.

“Imagine a yoga studio or a gym and the software that runs their business,” says Brown. “They have the ability to manage the number of people on staff, to book classes through the software, to accept payments from customers. But they can’t actually complete payroll, so they end up having to export that data and do it elsewhere.”

Check makes adding payroll to management software easier by handling its most challenging elements. In addition to tax calculations and transferring funds to the appropriate tax collectors, Brown says Check handles the filing of tax forms for services built using its system.

Most of Check's customers pay a flat fee per business user, plus a charge based on the number of employees being paid, Check said.

Using a broadly similar model for its online payments platform, Stripe has grown over the past decade into a private giant valued at as much as $100 billion. But by dollar volume, Check’s market is even bigger than Stripe’s. U.S. online credit and debit card payments, Stripe’s bread and butter, totaled $348.7 billion in 2019, according J.P. Morgan. Payroll, where Check is focused, is close to $9 trillion annual volume in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a study by Stripe found that three out of four businesses use the sort of industry-specific management software its payroll tools are designed to work with.

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