Vator Splash LA 2015 Finalist - Staffly

Mitos Suson · December 15, 2015 · Short URL:

Check out Bjorn Ovick's presentation on stage and the judges' feedback

Vator Splash LA Class 2015 cohort Staffly, a startup that instantly connects retailers with screened, insured, and trained Staffly™ Staffers through their mobile devices. Staffly handles the time-consuming responsibilities of interviewing, background checks, training, payroll, workers’ comp, and taxes. Staffly Staffers are always ready to show up and work.

Among the judges were Kara Nortman (Partner, Upfront Ventures), Alex Gurevich (Partner, Javelin Venture Partners), Hilary Perchard (VP - Business Development, Sky Media), Larry Marcus (Managing Director,Walden Venture Capital). 

Thanks to our main sponsors Wilson SonsiniKPMGJavelin Venture PartnersSky MediaWavemakerAll Good Living Collective,  Bread and Butter Wine, and our co-production partner, Bixel Exchange.

Editor's Note: Our annual Vator Splash Health 2016 conference is around the corner on February 23, 2016 at Kaiser Theater in Oakland. Speakers include Helmy Eltoukhy, PhD (Founder & CEO, Guardant Health), Ryan Howard (Founder & Chairman of the Board, Practice Fusion), Sonny Vu (CEO & Founder, Misfit Wearables), Lynne Chou (Partner, Kleiner Perkins) and more. Join us! REGISTER HERE.

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Staffly instantly provides retailers with screened, insured and trained Staffers.

Retail employee attrition rates are 67% and workers miss 21 days a year of work. Over half of the absences are last minute. The normal for main street business owners is always to be down a person or two.


Thousands of people looking for part-time work. 80% of college students want to work part-time, 47% of stay at home parents think that working part-time would be ideal, and 54% of baby boomers expect to work part-time in retirement.

Staffly handles the time-consuming responsibilities of interviewing, background checks, training, payroll, workers’ comp, and taxes.   Staffly deploys our Staffer service into retailers by providing a short retailer orientation to our Staffers, enabling them to quickly hit the ground running.  Staffly Staffers are always ready to show up and work.

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Alex Gurevich

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