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YouEarnedIt - Company of the Year

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Company: YouEarnedIt, Austin, TX
Company Description: YouEarnedIt amplifies company culture through its award-winning employee experience platform that delivers engagement, retention, performance management, and improved business metrics. As a dominant force in the HCM market with an industry-leading retention rate, YouEarnedIt partners with more than 400 global organizations to build high-performance cultures and engaged workforces.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Company of the Year – Business Products – More Than 10 Employees

Nomination Title: YouEarnedIt

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

As a dominant force in Human Capital Management with an industry-leading customer retention rate, YouEarnedIt amplifies company culture through its employee experience platform that delivers engagement, retention, performance management, and improved business metrics.

In January 2017, the company raised its $6.5 million Series A and used that investment to expand the team and product platform. By July 2017, the company’s headcount more than doubled and the expanded team set out to grow the product and sell into new markets.

The company hired a seasoned EVP of Sales in September to take the team to the next level. With aggressive goals for 2H 2017 and 2018, the sales team added over 140 new customers .

Since July 2017, YouEarnedIt added key product features to its robust engagement platform to prioritize the employee experience across the company’s customer network:

-In September, YouEarnedIt launched Insights, an enhanced analytics feature suite that brings enterprise-level analytics to businesses of all sizes. Insights pulls together relevant data to deliver actionable people analytics giving company leadership greater visibility into key culture behaviors as well as the tools to drive profitable business results.
-In October, YouEarnedIt enhanced its Surveys feature suite by adding an Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) to provide rapid feedback on employee satisfaction and overall company cultural health and upgraded its existing Pulse Survey and Custom Question.
-In June, YouEarnedIt launched Awards & Nominations enabling organizations to create, schedule, and run custom awards that highlight employees who reflect the company’s core values, business goals, or culture. With this simple, built-in feature, Awards & Nominations increases employee participation while eliminating the extra costs and hassles of traditional company award programs.

Meanwhile, YouEarnedIt knew that to continue making a positive impact on the lives of employees everywhere the company would need to fundraise. . In April 2018, YouEarnedIt announced a strategic partnership with Vista Equity Partners. The company is now part of Vista’s Endeavor Fund, focused on emerging, high growth companies with mission-critical enterprise software and data solutions.

With Vista’s backing, YouEarnedIt has further extended its product platform into the performance enablement market while growing capabilities across the organization. In July 2018, the company announced the acquisition of their competitor HighGround, a leading real-time performance management provider. Together, YouEarnedIt and HighGround will better serve customers with enhanced social recognition, an unparalleled rewards engine, the ability to easily capture the voice of employees, and an industry-leading real-time performance management solution. In 2H 2018, YouEarnedIt and HighGround are focused on accelerating their combined product roadmap to deliver innovative solutions to the market.

Within the past year, the company’s female co-founder and CEO has seen her vision for the employee experience expand to new heights. Not only has she grown the company to be a dominant force in HR Tech, she’s also created the world’s most robust employee experience platform that works with over 500 global customers to boost culture and bottom line results. YouEarnedIt was named a Best Place to Work by the Austin Business Journal three years in a row and to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Best Company Cultures for the past two years.

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):

Autumn Manning is cofounder and CEO of YouEarnedIt, the leading HR SaaS company that improves bottom-line performance metrics by enhancing the employee experience. With a background in human capital management and expertise in enhancing corporate culture, Manning carries out the company’s vision to improve the lives of employees everywhere, one company at a time. Profiled in The New York Times and HuffPost, Manning’s thoughts on culture and leadership have been featured in Inc., Business Insider, and Entrepreneur. Under her leadership, YouEarnedIt created the world’s most robust employee experience platform and was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Best Company Cultures for the past two years.

Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.