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Well written. deeply useful, meaningful content. Thank you

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I agree with your thoughts on the strategy, but it really makes me hope there had been better execution.

I have used rippling for over a year, and it is the worst service our company uses in our opinion. I have been deeply disappointed with the operations and execution - there are glitches that persist for months on end, a lack of customer support and what we perceive as unethical billing practices.

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I competed against Rippling in the HRIS / PEO space since their founding in 2016, and from a fundamental service and functional perspective, they are simply not the same company that they were even one year ago.

One year ago they had 300 or so people, now they have 1,700 or so to dial in product and service. A product needs time to settle, and they will continue to polish and improve. IMO, that's scary for folks who choose to continue to compete against them.

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Absolutely epic.

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Worth mentioning that Rippling is hiring aggressively in India, with sign boards in Bengaluru — India's SV (home to Atlassian, Google, Twitter, Amazon). This might've something to do what you've mentioned in passing: this intense culture could lead to talent attrition

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Incredible work John⭐

I wonder if there are any other Fintech examples who follow a similar path?

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Great article. Glad to see you back at it. You mention Unity, as middleware, and what you end up describing is essentially the main benefit of a platform play. Will be interesting to see if they open to the platform to external (i.e. customer) development to better serve employees and unlock new insights. Will be on the lookout.

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Exceptional article! Re-read it many times, so many things to learn from Rippling

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Thank you for the master class

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To sum it up, I have tremendous respect for the work. By transcending traditional point solutions and integrating various aspects of employee management, this model leads the way in revolutionizing people management for businesses across the globe.

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