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Zapier is an American for-profit corporation and a web-based service that allows end users to integrate the web applications they use.

Zapier is based in Sunnyvale, California, but 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 as of January 2018 no employees have taken advantage of the offer.


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


February 8, 2021
Zapier announces 3,000+ apps and brings automation inside partner products.

October 31, 2012
Seed Round

Zapier raised $1.3M. Investors include Zillionize Angel, Y Combinator, Kevin Hale, DFJ, and Bessemer Venture Partners.

October 31, 2012
Zapier raises a $1,200,000 seed round from Bessemer Venture Partners, DFJ and Kevin Hale.

Funding rounds


Further Resources



June 2, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Companies are racing to find ways to make workflows and security easier and more accessible for users. AI-powered startup DNSFilter...
March 9, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Zapier -- provider of easy automation for businesses of all sizes -- today announced the acquisition of Makerpad, the leading content and...
Alex Wilhelm
March 8, 2021
Zapier, a well-known no-code automation tool, has purchased Makerpad, a no-code education service and community. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. TechCrunch has covered Zapier often during its life, including its first, and only fundraising event, a $1.2 million round back in 2012 that tapped Bessemer, DFJ, and others. Since then company has added [...]
February 8, 2021
/PRNewswire/ -- Zapier -- the leader in easy automation for small business -- today announced more than 3,000 partner apps on its platform. Zapier connects all...
Greg Kumparak
March 9, 2020
When Zapier was founded in 2011, it was a side project for three friends from Missouri who wanted to make it easier to connect any one web app to another. Nine years, millions of users and around 300 employees later, it's one of the most highly valued companies to ever go through Y Combinator -- [...]


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