Zapier

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Zapier
Zapier logo.png
Original author(s) Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig, Mike Knoop
Developer(s) Zapier Inc.
Initial release 1 August 2012; 6 years ago (2012-08-01)
Stable release
2.0
Written in Internal Python/Django, JavaScript/React[1]
Available in English
Type Task automation.
Website zapier.com

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.[2]

History[edit]

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 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.[7] Shortly after, job applications increased by 30%, but no employees have taken advantage of the offer.[8]

Service overview[edit]

  • 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

Overview[edit]

Zapier provides workflows to automate the use of web applications together. It is often described as a translator between web APIs.[9]

Usage examples[edit]

  • 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

Reception[edit]

Zapier is widely integrated with web applications.[citation needed]

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