Humi with Kevin Kliman (CEO) | EP02
Integrating HR, Payroll, and Health Benefits into one platform.
In this second episode, Jason Pereira, award-winning financial planner, university lecturer, writer, and host interviews Kevin Kliman, CEO and Founder of Humi – an HR software company. Kevin shares the highlights of his journey, what his company Humi is seeking to accomplish, and Humi’s impact on the financial space.
00:41 – Humi is a fintech company because in addition to its subscriber model, they
introduced payroll and becoming the group insurance broker for the
companies that they deal with.
● 01:24 – Humi acknowledges that Zenefits – a SAS company - created their
business model: give away software and make money off of insurance
● 01:41 – Zenefits rose to a valuation of over $1 billion.
● 01:46 – Kevin Kliman and Humi graduated from Y Combinator – one of the
biggest incubators in the United States.
● 02:42 – Kevin explains Humi as a cloud-based benefits, payroll and HR software,
trying to solve the problem of time being wasted reconciling multiple
isolated systems instead of running their business.
● 04:54 – Humi is Kevin’s first tech start-up and he is not from the world of insurance
and benefits. He is a licensed dentist and has experience building
businesses and soft-ware based companies on the side.
● 06:42 – Kevin Kliman became excited by the business model of Humi and met his
partners: Matt Loszak the technical lead, Simon Bourgeois the COO, and
Drew Millington the head of sales.
● 09:16 – The payroll application stemmed from merging with a company that was
already building it and it was attractive in its simplicity and being
● 11:54 – Pricing model for companies coming on their is a SAS license fee with a
nominal cost per employee per month. Companies that choose to
make Humi their insurance broker will not be charged for the software.
● 13:05 – The partner route is attractive to Humi, which has 30+ people, but it comes
down to bandwidth.
● 15:12 – Humi sees a lot of promise in being an end-to-end solution for both
employers and employees.
● 18:00 – The goal is becoming a leader in the HR, payroll, and benefits space, and
revamping performance management for companies.
● 20:05 – Humi’s team went from zero to 30 in 2-3 years.
● 22:41 – Humi’s target customer has changed significantly from companies that are
10-30 people from companies that are 50-200. Bamboo HR has been a
● 27:30 – Interaction with the broker space is still early and how to support them
properly. Humi has been able to give quotes in 80% less time.
● 30:51 – Put your client first and satisfy their needs. Embrace the future.
● 32:40 – Integrations with Zero and Quickbooks, Group RSP providers are goals of
● 36:59 – For employees that use Humi every month – 50% log in every day.
3 Key Points:
1. Humi graduated from Y Combinator – one of the biggest incubators in the United States.
2. Companies using Humi pay a base fee to use the software and a nominal cost per employee per month. Companies that choose to make Humi their insurance broker will not be charged for the software.
3. For employees that use Humi every month, an astounding 50% log in every day.
- “Humi is cloud-based payroll, benefits, and HR software.” – Kevin Kliman.
- “Payroll is its own beast. It has to have connections to all of the banks…which is tough to do.” – Kevin Kliman.
- “If you think about the best way to service your client, you are going to win in the long run. .” – Kevin Kliman.
- “In general we (Canada) are about four years behind the states when it comes to technology…mostly because we are 1/10th of the size.” – Kevin Kliman.
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