Atlassian co-founder funds WORK180 to expand gender equity in startup in US
WORK180, a jobs platform that pre-screens employers to ensure they support women’s careers. has raised another $1 million in an investment round led by Skip Capital, the private investment fund of Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar and his wife Kim Jackson.
The new capital, announced on Tuesday, will be used to fund WORK180’s expansion to the United States by November.

“I feel like I’m living my dream right now,” said co-founder Gemma Lloyd after raising the fund.

Ms Lloyd started WORK180 after being dismissed as a “pretty young blonde” despite having 10 years’ experience working in the tech industry.

The startup, which pre-screens employers to ensure they support women’s careers, has attracted influential investors including Ms Jackson and Mr Farquhar, Joshua Borenstein, Mark Hoenig and Jeremy Same, co-founders of Lux Group, Thomas Rice, lead tech analyst at Perpetual and Australian startup accelerator Startmate.

WORK180 only lists jobs from businesses that are pre-screened against a set of 35 criteria, including pay equity, flexible working, women in leadership and paid parental leave.

Ms Lloyd and co-chief executive, Valeria Ignatieva, self-funded the business when the pair started out in 2015 (the startup was originally called DCC jobs) and now employ 23 people and are on track to turn over more than $2 million this year.

Clients include Atlassian, Microsoft, Expedia, Commonwealth Bank, BHP, Qantas and Telstra.

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