We were delighted to hear that our 2018 App Partner of the year, Deputy, just raised US$81 million in one of Australiaâ€™s largest venture-capital infusions ever. The Sydney-based startup has attracted the interest of Silicon Valley-based IVP, which also has investments in Twitter, Slack and Dropbox. IVPâ€™s commitment speaks to the power of the rostering and workforce management app, which integrates seamlessly with Xero.
Iâ€™ve been following Deputyâ€™s story for years. It’s grown from a small office near Sydneyâ€™s airport with less than 10 employees to more than 150 workers today in the Sydney CBD, as well as an office in the U.S. Co-founder and CEO Ashik Ahmedâ€™s vision has been to build an amazing customer experience, and the approach is paying dividends. Deputyâ€™s customer reviews say it all, such as this one:
â€œI absolutely LOVE Deputy. Its integration with Xero has made my life so much easier with payroll and timesheets, plus my staff clock in and out so I know who is on the premises at what time. We love Deputyâ€™s news feed, and it has boosted our communication as a team. My favourite part is the schedule. Rostering for a child care centre takes hours and this schedule has taken the time down to about 20 minutes.â€�
Out for lunch with Deputy at Mexican restaurant Fonda, which uses both Xero and Deputy
I visited Deputy’s new Sydney digs earlier this week, and the office was a hive of activity: No time for office fit-outs yet, empty seats filling up with new headcount, fulfilling the same mission theyâ€™ve always had. And the office was abuzz, perhaps with the news of the funding that would be announced later in the week.
The beauty of Deputy is the appâ€™s ability to scale up with a business as it grows. Not only does it serve small businesses across Australia and the U.S., it handles rostering needs at Amazon.com, Qantas, Nike and McDonaldâ€™s.
On behalf of Xero, weâ€™d like to offer hearty congratulations to Ashik, Global President Steve Power, Chairman and co-founder Steve Shelley, Global Strategic Partnership Head Darren Clarke, COO Craig Harris, Head of Growth Francois Bondiguel and the entire Deputy team on this milestone â€“ an overnight success 10 years in the making.
If you are a Xero Payroll user and would like to learn how Deputy can save you time on rostering, check out the video below.
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