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OUR STORY

The People behind Guusto

Meet the team and learn about our purpose, mission and vision

Our Story

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Old Pals

The founders of Guusto, Skai and Joe, grew up together in a small town about an hour North of Toronto, ON. They both went to the University of Western Ontario, where Joe graduated with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, while Skai graduated with degrees in Engineering and Business (from Ivey Business School). After school, they travelled the world together for a few years before landing back in Whistler, BC, where they started their first business.

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It Began with a Drink

While running our first startup, a Dining Tour in Whistler, we noticed a lot of people calling restaurants to send a bottle of wine to their friend's or client's table. So in 2013, Guusto was launched as a consumer app that allowed you to send a drink when you couldn't be there in person. Pretty cool, right?

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Our Guiding Light

We also wanted to build purpose into the core of the company right out of the gate. So we partnered with the One Drop Foundation, an initiative by Guy Laliberte (founder of Cirque du Soleil), to donate 1 day of clean drinking water for every gift sent. Our business has changed and pivoted dramatically over the years, but this purpose, this “Why”, has been a guiding light through all the challenges and kept us motivated to really show up everyday.

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Entering the Den

We took our pitch to Dragon's Den back in 2015. The experience was not quite as intense as the dramatic final cut. We were filming for well over an hour and actually shared user testing data (e.g. 90% of customers would not send gifts if app download was mandated) that addressed the Dragons' main concerns. In the end, they just wanted more equity than we were comfortable offering.

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First to Raise Equity Crowdfunding

It was around this same time that we started getting a few early adopter HR professionals using the app to send gifts to employees. They were absolutely loving it, so we figured we'd offer them the chance to own shares in Guusto. We went on to become the first company in Canada to close a round of equity crowdfunding. So instead of traditional Venture financing behind us, we have an army of brand champions who love using Guusto and sharing it with their networks.

WHY

Purpose

We believe people come first! We believe in creating workplaces where people feel appreciated. We believe all people should have access to clean water.

HOW

Mission

Help companies build exceptional employee recognition and customer reward programs, and donate a day of clean water for every gift sent.

WHAT

Vision

Become the industry leader for recognition and reward programs, and the largest donor to clean water projects in the world!

Read more about our story in our blog
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We look forward to hopefully helping your organization to attract, engage, and retain the best people.

Meet the Team

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Skai Dalziel

Founder and Chief Product and Client Success Officer

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Joe Facciolo

Founder and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

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Noah Warder

Head of People

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Emma Wang

Customer Success Manager

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Sharla Wasilinchuk

Director of Client Collaboration

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Felipe Santos da Rocha

Lead Web Developer

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Alan Mendes

Senior Web Developer

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Paulo Moreira

Senior Web Developer

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Sarah Tong

Senior Product Designer & Web Developer

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Abbas Kherodawala

Product Manager

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Zsofia Slamani

Business Development & Marketing

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Deborah Komkov

Marketing Specialist

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Isabelle Vauclair

Digital Marketing Intern

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Michelle Swolfs

Product Designer & Web Developer

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Luc Guetre

Customer Success & Marketing

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Kevin Huang

Junior Web Developer

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Sam Goldwax

Junior Web Developer

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Ciaran Fontein

Mobile React Native Developer

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Pedraum Safarzadeh

Frontend Developer

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Brian Vo

iOS Developer

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Ellie

Office Therapist

Learn more about the culture, core values and careers at Guusto