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Original author(s)Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig, Mike Knoop
Developer(s)Zapier Inc.
Initial release1 August 2012; 8 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. Zapier is based in Sunnyvale, California and employs a workforce of 350 employees located around the United States and in 23 other countries.[2]


Zapier provides workflows to automate the use of web applications together. It is often described as a translator between web APIs.[3]


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.[4] 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[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8] After the announcement, job applications increased by 50%.[9]

In March 2021, the company acquired Makerpad, a no-code education service and community, for an undisclosed amount.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zapier Engineering Blog". Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Zapier Careers". Fast Company. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  3. ^ Stross, Randall. "What's Coming Out of Silicon Valley". Bits Blog. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  4. ^ "Zapier". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  5. ^ "How Zapier Went From Zero to 600,000+ Users in Just Three Years". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. ^ "From JC to Silicon Valley". News Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  7. ^ "Young CEO offers thoughts on Missouri startups". News Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Bay Area exodus: Get a bonus for leaving the Bay Area". The Mercury News. 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  10. ^ "Zapier buys no-code-focused Makerpad in its first acquisition". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-03-09.