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|Original author(s)||Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig, Mike Knoop|
|Initial release||1 August 2012|
Zapier is an American for-profit corporation and a web-based service that allows end users to integrate the web applications they use. Although Zapier is based in Sunnyvale, California, it employs a distributed workforce of 125 employees located around the United States and in 13 other countries.
Zapier was started in Columbia, Missouri by co-founders Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig, and Mike Knoop as part of the first Startup Weekend Columbia in 2011. After initially submitting an application for the Winter 2012 funding cycle and being rejected, they then built their initial prototype with 25 apps, and were accepted to Y Combinator startup seed accelerator in the Summer 2012 funding cycle. As a result of the acceptance, the company was relocated to Mountain View, California in Spring 2012. In October of the same year, Zapier received a $1.3 million seed funding round led by global venture investment firm Bessemer Venture Partners. Zapier reached profitability in 2014.
In March 2017, the company made headlines by offering a "de-location package," consisting of $10,000 in moving reimbursement to employees who desired to move away from the San Francisco Bay Area. While Zapier's entire workforce works remotely, the package was a result of increasing housing costs and the company's desire to help its local employees improve their standard of living. Shortly after, job applications increased by 30%, but no employees have taken advantage of the offer.
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- Start workflows from any app by picking a trigger that starts your "Zap" workflow
- Finish routine tasks automatically using workflows
- Create Zap workflows using fill in the blank forms in a web page
Zapier provides workflows to automate the use of web applications together. It is often described as a translator between web APIs.
- Zapier workflows can keep data consistent across web applications, such as between Evernote and Dropbox (service)
- Individuals can use a visual web page to wire together their favorite apps into "Zaps", such as Slack and Yammer
- Developers can set up their web APIs for use with Zapier, and open up integration with many other web apps
Zapier is widely integrated with web applications.
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