May 14, 2013
Would you buy your employees a latte every month?
If so, you can afford AnyPerk. That’s probably why over 2,500 companies – including Pinterest, Hulu, Pandora, and Quora – have signed their team up for perks in fitness, entertainment, travel, and technology.
If you’re wondering about the quality of the perks, look no further than the phone deals. AnyPerk has partnered with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to offer 10 to 15 percent discounts on monthly plans, so your employees will easily save over $5 per month.
AnyPerk, who graduated from Y Combinator last year, offers such a cheap service to help out smaller companies. Traditionally, big corporations are able to negotiate perk-deals because of their sheer size – the number of employees who will be exposed to the brand. Instead, AnyPerk aggregates lots of little companies together and then has some bargaining power. Unlike daily deal sites, all of its discounts have no expiration date.
“We want to provide great perks and high-qualty perks to any size company. We don’t think it’s right that only big companies can get those great perks,” says cofounder and CEO Taro Fukuyama.
In turn, these perks should help startups retain employees. Fukuyama moved to Silicon Valley from Japan, where the hiring environment was less competitive and most of the perks offered were just hotel discounts that employees used a few times a year. But in the Valley, the war over talent is on: everyone caters lunches, he says, and he even heard of a startup that pays half of employees’ rent.
Betterworks, a Los Angeles company that was offering perks, had to shut down last year despite having raised $10.5 million. But AnyPerk has a key difference: instead of focusing on local deals, which require negotiating with tons of local vendors, they work with national and international companies. That also means that their platform can be used around the world.
“That’s how you tell your employees: we think you’re important,” says Fukuyama.
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