Shopify’s favourite HR startup exits stealth mode, raises $8.75 million, an Ottawa-based performance- and team-management software startup, has raised a $8.75-million seed round.

What it is: Managers use Fellow to schedule meetings with direct reports, track tasks they’ve agreed to, set priorities and get feedback on projects and decisions. The app, which integrates with calendars and workplace-messaging platform Slack, also suggests questions to ask in conversations with staff based on management research and best practices. It’s ongoing engagement, rather than the annual goal setting and review systems many big companies use.

What’s happened so far: Aydin Mirzaee, CEO, and his two co-founders started Fellow in October 2017. The platform was tested at local tech giant Shopify starting with 200 employees, and eventually installed across the company. Fellow now has more than 8,000 users and 20 staff.

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