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Rippling’s Meteoric Rise: Valued at $13.5 Billion After Latest Funding Round

Rippling’s Meteoric Rise: Valued at $13.5 Billion After Latest Funding Round

HR software startup Rippling has set a new milestone, achieving a staggering valuation of $13.5 billion following its recent funding round, which secured $200 million in investment. The round was spearheaded by tech investment firm Coatue, with participation from prominent investors such as Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Greenoaks, and others, including new investor Dragoneer. This substantial increase in valuation comes after Rippling’s previous fundraise in March last year, which valued the company at $11.25 billion.

One of the notable aspects of this funding round is Rippling’s decision to repurchase up to $590 million of equity from current and former employees, as well as early investors, through a tender offer. Led by entrepreneur Parker Conrad, Rippling offers a comprehensive workforce management platform that seamlessly integrates human resources, information technology, and finance functionalities. Its client roster includes industry giants like Apple, Amazon, and Salesforce.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Rippling has expanded its footprint with offices in India, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The company is now poised to further extend its reach into new markets, invest significantly in research and development, and introduce new products to better serve its clients.

The tech sector is experiencing a resurgence in capital raisings, buoyed by growing expectations of interest rate cuts and the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI). After a dry spell lasting more than a year, there has been a notable uptick in activity. In the first quarter alone, the tech sector accounted for the largest share of mergers and acquisitions, witnessing a more than 42% increase year-on-year to approximately $154 billion, according to Dealogic.

Rippling’s success mirrors a broader trend within the tech industry. Earlier this month, FloQast, a tech-focused finance and accounting operations platform, announced a $100 million funding round, valuing the company at $1.6 billion. These developments underscore the growing investor confidence in innovative tech startups and the potential for substantial growth in the sector.

As Rippling continues to expand its offerings and global presence, its latest valuation marks a significant milestone in its journey. With the backing of prominent investors and a robust platform that addresses critical business needs, Rippling is well-positioned to further solidify its position as a leader in the HR tech space while contributing to the ongoing transformation of the broader technology industry.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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