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About Jonathan Benhamou

Jonathan Benhamou is a French entrepreneur, investor and CEO of the international start-up PeopleDoc. Jonathan co-founded PeopleDoc in Paris in 2007, which is now the leading provider of cloud-based HR service delivery solutions that has revolutionized the HR profession around the world.  
 
In 2014, Jonathan moved to New York to oversee the global expansion of PeopleDoc. The same year, Gartner recognized PeopleDoc as a “Cool Vendor” in the human capital management space. Not only has Jonathan negotiated, raised and secured more than $55 million in funding led by Accel and Eurazeo, he also established offices in France, UK, USA, Canada and Germany, with more than 150 employees, to support PeopleDoc’s incredible customer base. PeopleDoc currently counts more than 500 clients worldwide, including Starbucks, Coach, American Express, Georgetown University and Nestlé.  
 
Jonathan is committed to using his personal success to invest in other young innovative companies and start-ups as well. Jonathan has been honored by many media, businesses and cultural organizations. He is a member of the delegation of Young Entrepreneurs of the G20. Jonathan also serves as Board Member and Business Angels of several start-ups (Clustree, BookandGolf, ISAI, Social Bar). He has been recognized as a Technology Young Leader- an honor awarded by 20 of Europe’s top technology leaders, including Apple, Google, Intel, Oracle, and Cisco.

A lesson in start-up growth: How to change without changing

“This year will be the tipping point, I can feel it.” That’s what I said to my team at the start of 2015. And then again in 2016. And then again...you get the idea. But as it turns out, 2017 really was the tipping point for PeopleDoc. Looking at our year-end results, we doubled our revenue, hired 75 employees, gained 225 new customers and maintained 100% customer retention. At this stage, it looks like things should get easier. But this is exactly when it gets dangerous to lose focus.  

Inside the Mind of a Startup CEO

While prepping for this year’s kick-off meetings, I thought a lot about where we’ve come from and where we are going. We recently released our 2016 business results and while I’m really proud of these results, they don’t say how we achieved these numbers. My team encouraged me to share my perspective so here are some of my thoughts on where we are and why I think we have an amazing opportunity in 2017.

$28M in Series C funding, solid partnerships and customer wins

I am thrilled to announce our Series C funding of $28 million led by Eurazeo, along with our historical investors Accel Partners, Alven Capital, and Kernel Investments. Eurazeo is one of the leading listed investment firms in Europe. This new funding will help accelerate our growth in the U.S. (American Express, Fast Retailing, Georgetown University and Paychex are a few of our new clients) and our revenue performance globally (we have quadruped our global revenue and have now over 400 customers).