Google's AI VC fund invests in HR startup

Sapling, a San Francisco-based, AI-enabled employee management and onboarding platform startup, has used the $4m it raised by Gradient Ventures and Tuesday Capital to expand its team

27Feb

San Francisco-based, AI-enabled employee management and onboarding platform startup, Sapling, has announced that it raised $4m in a round of seed financing that was led by Google's AI venture fund Gradient Ventures and Tuesday Capital.

The three-year-old company enables teams to connect the HR tools they are already using and utilizes AI for automation and predictive insights, allowing managers to make data-driven people decisions. The company's aim is to give HR teams an edge in attracting, empowering and retaining top talent in today's digital world.

The funding was raised quietly several months prior to the announcement, and Sapling has so far used it for a recruitment drive, pushing its employee base up to the 50 people it currently has on staff.

"When we met the Sapling team, we were immediately excited by their intuitive and intelligent software. What started off as a phenomenal onboarding solution has quickly transformed into a robust, data-driven people management platform," remarked Zach Bratun-Glennon, partner at Gradient Ventures.

Sapling co-founder and CEO Bart Macdonald commented: "As HR professionals on high-growth teams ourselves, we've had front-row seats to the challenges high-growth, global teams are facing. We've taken these learnings and we're building a platform to help teams drive greater workforce productivity, surface predictive people insights and build more connected work experiences."

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