Highlighting FinTech Leaders: Isaac Oates (Justworks)

“We hire people who are bright, kind people who work hard and are passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and their teams.”

 

 

 

ISAAC OATES (FOUNDER & CEO)

Internally managed HR is so 20th century. Focus on your business and let HR SaaS companies do the heavy lifting. With such a high rate of growth, soon everyone will be on board.

NYC-based Justworks offers an online platform for companies to manage payroll, benefits, compliance, and HR. Founded in 2012, Justworks wasted no time securing successive series funding rounds from marquee investors like Bain, FirstMark, and Redpoint. An extra $40 million in Series D was added in 2018, fuel to the raging success of a fire that is Justworks.

Founder and CEO Isaac Oates continues to deftly guide the burgeoning Justworks. On his watch, this feisty startup has landed on the SaaS 1000 and Fortune’s 100 Best Medium Workplaces. This isn’t Isaac’s first rodeo: He sold his previous startup to e-commerce giant Etsy in 2009.

Take the bull by the horns and continue on to our interview with Isaac…

 

Tell us about Justworks in a few words?

Providing payroll, benefits and HR support so that entrepreneurs and their teams can grow with confidence.

 

If you could pick any job in the world, what would it be? Aside from your current hustle.

I think I’d really enjoy teaching. In particular, helping young people develop their leadership skills is a passion of mine.

 

What’s your favorite thing about working where you do?

The people. We hire people who are bright, kind people who work hard and are passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and their teams. Just walking into the office is fun. I love the energy.

 

What’s your company look like 5yrs down the road?

Bigger and doing more things, but still lean and quirky. Our current product (a PEO) is just the beginning.

 

What (other) bank, FinTech, or VC do you have the most admiration for?

USAA. I’ve banked with them for 20 years. They’ve been way ahead of the curve in terms of both their online product and the kind of service they provide. They’re member-owned so it feels like their interests and mine are the same.

 

Which tech giant will leap into banking first and why? (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Apple, etc)

Amazon.


 
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