October 23, 2015
Paysavvy Wants to Change Workplace of the Future
TechVibes sits down with Rocky Ozaki to discuss the future of work.
The way we work is changing at an incredible pace, as more and more forward-thinking companies embrace technology to create a world where work improves life and life improves work. Cue Rise. We’re changing the way companies perform complicated HR processes by making them effortless and personal. Imagine HR that empowers a rewarding employee experience, payroll that brings peace of mind, and employee benefits that help people lead better lives.
A revolution in HR is coming. We’ll help you rise to the challenge.
Rise launched under the name Paysavvy in October of 2011 when our founders rolled out the Paysavvy Payroll app. Our goal was to create a client-focused payroll solution that offered an intuitive software and unparalleled client support.
Rise (then Paysavvy) hired our first full-time employee in October 2011. Today the company employs over 40 full-time staff in Vancouver.
After a lot of hard work getting the first version of our Payroll app up and running, Rise (then Paysavvy) secured our first client in November 2011.
Rise (then still Paysavvy) was officially recognized by the CRA in March of 2011. We’re currently one of only ten payroll software providers with this distinction.
In February 2016, we revealed our rebrand as Rise, and publicly declared our shift from payroll software to HR for the new era.
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Director, Demand Generation
Customer Support Team Lead
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Customer Success Report Specialist
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Sales Development Representative
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Benefits Analyst, Group Benefits
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Rise (then Paysavvy) was among 20 Vancouver tech companies who participated in Tech’s Got Talent 2015. Aimed at raising funds for youth in the community, Tech’s Got Talent is a lip-synching competition organized by Vancouver businesses Plenty of Fish and Chimp.
The Neighborhood Lunch Program began on February 16, 2013. Since that time, dozens of generous volunteers and benefactors have come together to facilitate the lunch program. To date, Rise has distributed over 10,000 lunches to those in need in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
Rise has a long-standing relationship with the Ronald McDonald House. Our team volunteers every year for McHappy Day to raise money for the facilities and regularly cooks dinner for the families staying in the house. Rise is also proud to be a committed sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House BC, donating $5,000 each year.
In December 2014 and 2015 the Rise (then Paysavvy) team participated in the Startups Care initiative. The team joined other members of the Vancouver tech community in collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Vancouver Food Bank.
For the past two years the Rise team (then Paysavvy) collectively volunteered their efforts for TechPong, a ping pong competition to help raise funds for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside charities. They partnered with 20 other local tech companies to raise over $71,500 for charity.
Rise organizes an annual holiday toy drive. Instead of having a typical Secret Santa gift exchange, team members at Rise purchase a new toy they feel represents the person they drew. Afterward, all the gifts are donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.