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Our mission is to help mid-sized companies build a better workplace.


Nearly 50 million people work for mid-sized companies (in the US alone). It’s about time those employees had the HR technology platform they deserve!

At Namely, we’re building HR for Humans. We’re providing HR professionals with the technology, data, and support they need to help employees thrive.

Our Story

In 2012, Namely was founded to create an HR platform as intuitive as social media, but powerful enough to support the complexity of today’s workforce.

Since then, we’ve been hard at work solving the biggest HR challenges that mid-sized companies face—from talent management to time management, benefits administration to payroll. But we’re only getting started.

Our vision is to empower everyone to make data-driven decisions about people. From HR to the C-Suite to employees, we believe that accessible data has the power to make us all more strategic and impactful.

Here’s a look at our journey to date:

  • 2012
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    January 2012
    Namely launches in NYC to build an HR platform that everyone would use every day.
  • 2013
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    February 2013
    Namely introduces its Talent Management module.
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    June 2013
    Namely raises a Series A led by True Ventures. The firm has since participated in seven consecutive rounds of financing.
  • 2014
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    June 2014
    Namely launches payroll, a critical component of our core platform.
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    October 2014
    Our open API allows third-party developers to build applications on Namely. We now integrate with 50+ partners.
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    November 2014
    Matrix Partners leads Namely’s $12M Series B to invest further in our HRIS, performance management, and payroll offering.
  • 2015
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    January 2015
    Namely goes bicoastal. Office number two opens up in San Francisco.
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    March 2015
    Namely launches its benefits business. We’re now a licensed benefits broker in all 50 states!
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    June 2015
    Namely raises a $45M Series C led by Sequoia Capital to continue rapid growth.
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    August 2015
    Namely opens its new headquarters in the heart of New York’s Financial District.
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    September 2015
    Namely listed on Crain’s list of Best Places to Work in NYC.
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    December 2015
    Namely keeps Austin weird with the opening of our third office location.
  • 2016
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    January 2016
    Namely goes mobile! Our platform is now accessible on iOS and Android for easy access anytime, anywhere.
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    April 2016
    Employees from across the company participate in Namely’s first 24-hour Hackathon.
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    May 2016
    Namely and Cigna launch the Namely Exchange, bringing a menu of quality benefits straight to employees.
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    September 2016
    Namely makes Forbes’ inaugural Cloud 100 list, celebrating the top cloud companies globally.
  • 2017
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    January 2017
    We raise a $50M Series D, led by Altimeter and Scale Venture Partners, bringing the total raised to over $157M. Namely also debuts time management.
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    May 2017
    Our first annual client summit, HR Redefined, takes over Namely HQ in New York.
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    August 2017
    We add Managed Services for companies who need extra support with day-to-day HR administration.
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    September 2017
    Namely opens its Atlanta office.
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    November 2017
    We open an LA office, in the heart of Silicon Beach.
  • December 2017
    December 2017
    Namely surpasses 400 full time employees across 5 offices.
  • 2018
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    February 2018
    Namely Analytics launches to help HR teams make strategic decisions.
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    March 2018
    We now process over $10 billion in annual payroll.
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    June 2018
    Our second annual client summit, HR Redefined, takes place in New York.
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    June 2018
    We launch the inaugural Namely HR Scholarship to recognize outstanding HR professionals and support their career growth.
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    August 2018
    Namely appoints proven leader Elisa Steele as CEO and raises a $60M growth round, led by GGV Capital.
  • 2019
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    January 2019
    We launch our benchmarking package to provide HR professionals with meaningful workforce insights.
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    February 2019
    Namely welcomes Gabrielle Toledano to the Board of Directors and Jennifer Aaker as Formal Advisor.
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    April 2019
    Namely Appoints Andre McGregor as Chief Security Officer.
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    May 2019
    Our third annual client summit, HR Redefined, takes over Spring Studios in New York.
  • September 2019
    Namely launched the Namely Help Community to provide clients with an enhanced support experience.
  • October 2019
    Namely announces strategic partnerships with ThinkHR for compliance solutions and services and JazzHR to provide clients with recruiting functionality.
  • Namely's full-service HR platform now serves over 1,400 exciting mid-sized companies!