Japanese startup SmartHR is helping Japanese employers run staffing and HR smarter. SmartHR has so far, raised a JPY 1.5 billion ($13.3 million) Series B round led by 500 Startups Japan.
“In Japan few companies think about doing their HR online, they are accustomed to doing it in spreadsheets and paperwork,” Takafumi Kurahashi, SmartHR’s COO, told TechCrunch in an interview.
SmartHR was founded in 2015 and it has 50 staff today. The service is currently targeted at new employee enrollment, which traditionally requires a hefty stack of paperwork carted back and forth between government offices. Through its service, the cumbersome process can be done digitally and that has helped it attract 10,000 customers, including unicorn e-commerce firm Mercari.
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