Shiftsmart Raises $95 Million in a Series B to Transform the Labor Industry for Workers and Employers Alike

Paven Patel
Paven Patel

Company also doubled revenue year over year as tight labor market increases demand for smarter staffing solutions heading into 2022

 New York, NY — December 2nd, 2021 — Shiftsmart, the leading labor management platform serving the modern workforce, announced today that it raised $95 million in a Series B round of financing.  D1 Capital Partners led the round with participation from Imaginary Ventures, Spieker Partners, and S12F, alongside several industry executives and institutions. Founded in 2015, Shiftsmart was built to empower the modern worker by enabling them to maximize work and income opportunities through increased flexibility and choice, while providing employers with the ability to tap into a larger pool of qualified workers across their core labor operations.

Aakash Kumar

Aakash Kumar, CEO and Founder of Shiftsmart, said, “Shiftsmart is building a platform for labor, much like Uber or Airbnb did in their respective verticals by fractionalizing assets down to the unit of consumption to expand the total market size of their industries. In the same way that they transformed cars to rides and homes to trips, we fractionalize hourly work down to shifts instead of jobs, thus creating a larger pool of qualified workers and increasing flexibility for both customers and workers alike. We are grateful to our investors for recognizing that Shiftsmart is playing a pivotal role in meeting the overwhelming demand to reduce friction in end-to-end labor management, especially given current macroeconomic conditions.”

Today, companies across all industries are struggling to keep up with customer demand due to staffing shortages amidst a tight labor market with record low labor force participation and high employee turnover. Enterprises have made headlines in an effort to attract and retain workers, from implementing interview bonuses to funding tuitions, but still find themselves unable to meet staffing needs. Shiftsmart’s core thesis is that these efforts do not address the fundamental evolution of the modern worker, who prioritizes flexibility and independence over a long-term inflexible relationship with a single employer.

To help employers unlock this modern workforce, Shiftsmart has built a platform that pairs core workforce management software with a network of workers, creating a labor marketplace that matches hourly workers with open shifts across a variety of industry verticals and roles. Through the Shiftsmart platform, not only can workers control their own schedules, but companies can fulfill large-scale, complex, dynamic, and time-sensitive staffing requirements with proven workers. By utilizing Shiftsmart, employers benefit from innovative features that include the ability to flex up and down based on a customer's staffing needs, access to a global labor pool, reduced friction with end-to-end labor management, increased flexibility and agility, and a quick and easy to use interface.

Shiftsmart’s platform of over 600,000 workers has staffed millions of skilled shifts in more than 50 countries and works exclusively with the enterprise, focusing on large scale customers and government institutions.  World-class brands and institutions that have trusted Shiftsmart include Circle K, Airbnb, Humana, The RealReal, and the Small Business Administration alongside many others.

Recently Shiftsmart was named to the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ which honors the most innovative public and private technology companies across North America.  The company was also named a finalist in FastCompany 50 Game-Changing Ideas of 2021.

About Shiftsmart

Shiftsmart is an online marketplace built on pioneering technology that connects today’s dynamic workforce with companies facing increasingly complex staffing requirements. By empowering workers with more hours, better pay, and greater opportunity, Shiftsmart creates a mutually beneficial labor ecosystem for individuals and organizations alike. Visit www.shiftsmart.com for more information and follow us on LinkedIn.