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Charlie is the free HR platform for startups. Building a company is hard, running one shouldn’t be. We built Charlie to solve the problems we encountered when growing our companies. It turned out that we weren’t the only founders struggling with pains as we scaled, and we started letting our friends use Charlie too. Charlie is now a founder’s best friend – enabling them to focus on the stuff that really matters. We’re enormously proud of the new lease of life that Charlie affords to young companies who now have more time to turn their ideas into reality. Oh, and we’re keeping it free to for companies to use, because there are better things to spend your money on.
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Employees (est.) (Jan 2020)35(-7%)

Key People/Management at Charlie

Rob ODonovan

Rob ODonovan

Co-Founder & CEO
Tom Carrington Smith

Tom Carrington Smith

Co-Founder & CPO
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Charlie Office Locations

Charlie has an office in London
London, GB (HQ)
22 Wenlock Rd
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Charlie Financials and Metrics

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Charlie total Funding

$1.4 m

Charlie latest funding size

$1.44 m

Time since last funding

4 years ago

Charlie investors

Charlie's latest funding round in March 2016 was reported to be $1.4 m. In total, Charlie has raised $1.4 m
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Charlie Revenue

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Financial Leverage

-0.3 x
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Charlie Online and Social Media Presence

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Charlie Blogs

From theory to reality – rolling out Charlie’s career progression framework (3/3)

If you want to keep your team motivated, engaged and in the room, then building out a clear pathway for career progression is essential. But before that framework can work, you need buy-in from the rest of your team.


How to earn a senior People role – Part 2: Understand your people, and find your agenda

In the first instalment of this series, we talked about escaping the trap of ‘Reactive HR’ and moving towards a more long-sighted People Strategy. In the second, we look at finding your HR agenda.

A progression system which works for everyone: how we fixed career progression at CharlieHR

Without a strong sense of progression, your team is at risk of losing motivation and looking for opportunities elsewhere. Here's how CharlieHR fixed these problems by building a career progression framework.

How to earn a senior People role - Part 1: Step back, and think big picture

Over the course of this three-part series we speak to a range of senior People and HR professionals, asking them what it takes to ‘level up’ your career in the People sphere.

Like most small companies, we got career progression wrong. Here's what it cost us.

CharlieHR was built to be a business that cared deeply about the career progression and personal development of its team. It failed to live up to that promise. Here’s what went wrong.
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Charlie Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Charlie founded?

    Charlie was founded in 2015.

  • Who are Charlie key executives?

    Charlie's key executives are Rob ODonovan and Tom Carrington Smith.

  • How many employees does Charlie have?

    Charlie has 35 employees.

  • Who are Charlie competitors?

    Competitors of Charlie include, Braavoo and GoodHire.

  • Where is Charlie headquarters?

    Charlie headquarters is located at 22 Wenlock Rd, London.

  • Where are Charlie offices?

    Charlie has an office in London.

  • How many offices does Charlie have?

    Charlie has 1 office.