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About

The story and people behind Guusto

Our Story

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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 to build our 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.

Our Mission Now

To empower HR leaders to quickly build a culture of recognition and inspire great employee performance.

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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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Richard Prendergast

Sales Manager

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Larissa Santos

Head of Finance and Legal

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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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Emma Wang

Customer Success Manager

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Sarah Tong

Product Designer

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Abbas Kherodawala

Marketing Specialist

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Jessica Pumilia

Marketing Specialist

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Sarah Wong

Business Development Rep

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Genevieve Gignac

Marketing Specialist

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Amy Pettigrew

Marketing Specialist

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Alyha Bardi

Marketing Specialist

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Sam Goldwax

Junior Web Developer

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Lorenzo De Bernardini

Junior Web Developer

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Kevin Huang

Junior Web Developer

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Brian Vo

iOS Developer

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Ellie

Office Therapist

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