Allan Jones got on the tech industry journey at the age of 19, and by the time he was 26, he earned the Chief Marketing Office level at ZipRecruiter, one of the front-running online employment platforms.
Walking through his experience as an executive at firms such as Docstoc for 15 years, Allan was able to gauge a gap in the marketplace that motivated him to launch Bambee, an enterprise dedicated to solving HR (human resource) issues for small businesses.
On the new beginning, Allan Jones expressed, “Growing up in a family that ran a small business, I have a high level of empathy for small businesses in general.” He added, “Throughout my career working for different places, I noticed that a lot of small-business owners lacked infrastructure and were left to their own devices to solve complex problems, particularly those relating to employment. I’ve known for a long time about the aches and pains that exist in small businesses and wanted to offer them solutions they previously didn’t have access to.”
98% of enterprises that Bambee works with consist of fewer than 50 employees on the business front. Available at the starting price of USD 99 per month, the company provides clients with dedicated HR managers to help every enterprise navigate the complex regulatory and compliance setup, employee relations, HR policies, and HR strategy that contains everything right from hire, layoffs to internal investigations.
Over and above this, the services by Bambee offer assistance with developing internal HR policies, employee onboarding and terminations, staff training and development, comprehensive HR audit, and more.
Bambee, along with a five-star rating on Trustpilot, has managed to garner thousands of positive reviews from clients and small businesses around the country.
On the achievement front, Jones states, “Our clients are over the moon for our services.” He added, “They get to build a one-on-one connection with their HR manager and receive an overwhelming amount of help at an affordable price point. We’re easy to access and always available when they need us.”
Another feather in the cap for Bambee was a recent achievement where Forbes identified the company as the no. 1 start-up employer in Los Angeles.
To rank companies, Forbes collaborated with Statista (a market research firm) to select and evaluate 2,500 companies across the US based on three independent criteria,
- Employer reputation
- Employee satisfaction
The founder’s take
“We’ve been in the top 50 for two years in a row, then this year we were No. 1,” Jones said. “There are a lot of goals that I have as an entrepreneur, but the most important is to create a workplace where people can feel appreciated. There are thousands of startups in LA, and to receive this high honor is incredible.”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company was headquartered at the historic Bradbury Building in DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles). However, with the pandemic outbreak, the founder instantly transformed the business into a work from home model while living up to its close-knit culture.
Even with a few impediments brought by the Coronavirus pandemic, Bambee had a great game and grew by 300% from 2019 to 2020. The company also successfully raised USD 15 million in funding recently. Furthermore, the company plans to double its employee strength this year and cross the 100 employees mark this month. The company later this year plans to introduce additional workplace training and a long list of other products and services to be announced at a later date.
Jones said, “We still had an amazing year.” He pointed out. “While COVID-19 was devastating to many because of its unpredictability, it was beneficial in the sense that it brought awareness around the need for our product to the market. We remain committed to our mission, which is to fearlessly solve even the most complex PR problems that small businesses face.”