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Original author(s)Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig, Mike Knoop
Developer(s)Zapier Inc.
Initial release1 August 2012; 7 years ago (2012-08-01)
Stable release
Written inInternal Python/Django, JavaScript/React[1]
Available inEnglish
TypeTask automation

Zapier is a global remote company that allows end users to integrate the web applications they use. Although Zapier is based in Sunnyvale, California, it employs a workforce of 250 employees located around the United States and in 23 other countries.[2]


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.[3] 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[4] 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.[5][6]

In March 2017, the company offered a "de-location package", consisting of $10,000 in moving reimbursement to employees who desired to move away from the San Francisco Bay Area. This was widely reported on. 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.[7] Shortly after, job applications increased by 30%, but no employees have taken advantage of the offer.[2]


Zapier provides workflows to automate the use of web applications together. It is often described as a translator between web APIs.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zapier Engineering Blog". Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Zapier Careers". Fast Company. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  3. ^ "Zapier". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  4. ^ "How Zapier Went From Zero to 600,000+ Users in Just Three Years". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  5. ^ "From JC to Silicon Valley". News Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  6. ^ "Young CEO offers thoughts on Missouri startups". News Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  7. ^ Levin, Sam (2017-03-22). "Get outta town: startup offers workers $10,000 if they 'delocate' from Silicon Valley". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  8. ^ Stross, Randall. "What's Coming Out of Silicon Valley". Bits Blog. Retrieved 2018-09-21.