Company’s End-to-End Workforce Management Platform Recognized for its Potential to Transform Agricultural Industry
SAN FRANCISCO, August 09, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seso is named one of the 20 Rising Stars as part of the seventh-annual Forbes 2022 Cloud 100 list, the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, published by Forbes in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures.
The 20 Rising Stars represent young, high-growth and category-leading cloud companies who have raised up to $25 million to date and are poised to join the Cloud 100 ranks.
Seso offers the first end-to-end recruiting and workforce management platform for the agriculture industry, providing digital compliance, visa automation and workforce management tools to address the critical labor shortage that costs U.S. agriculture more than $3 billion in lost opportunities each year.
"We’re humbled to be named one of 20 rising stars as part of Forbes’ Cloud 100 list," said Michael Guirguis, Seso’s CEO and Co-Founder. "America has the most productive agricultural system in the world, but it’s dying if we don’t have a labor force in place. We all treasure food that is grown locally. We built Seso to ensure American agriculture has a reliable workforce and the software tools to run the backoffice and maintain compliance."
Seso works with growers in 40+ states from Washington to Florida, including many of the largest employers in agribusiness.
"The Rising Stars of today are the Cloud 100 companies of tomorrow," said Mary D’Onofrio, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. "We believe cloud entrepreneurs all over the world can build novel and enduring businesses, despite market conditions or challenging headwinds. The 2022 Rising Stars are no different as they cultivate amazing teams, gain momentum, and go on to ramp toward Centaur status. Being named a Rising Star is an opportunity for the cloud community to celebrate the impact these entrepreneurs are making and the bright futures ahead of them."
"The Rising Stars have the potential to become top private cloud companies," said Alex Kayyal, Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures. "We're thrilled at the level of innovation happening across early stage companies in the cloud ecosystem globally, and we look forward to watching these companies grow."
"The companies of the Cloud 100's Rising Stars list represent the best and brightest emerging private companies in the cloud sector," said Alex Konrad, senior editor at Forbes. "Every year, it gets more difficult to make this list — meaning even more elite company for those who do. Congratulations to each of the 2022 Rising Stars. We look forward to seeing them join Canva, Miro and others in making the leap to the Cloud 100 list in years to come."
The Forbes 2022 Cloud 100 and 20 Rising Stars lists are published online at www.forbes.com/cloud100. Highlights of the list appear in the August/September 2022 issue of Forbes magazine.
This year, the CEOs of The Cloud 100 and the 20 Rising Stars companies will be honored with a digital content launch, as well as at the exclusive Cloud 100 Celebration hosted by Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, and Forbes. A special thank you to our event sponsors Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bank of America, Cooley, McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nasdaq, and Silicon Valley Bank.
Seso is a vertical software company for agriculture. Seso addresses the growing shortage of farm labor in the U.S. by automating the H-2A visa process, creating a digital system-of-record to connect workers and growers, and providing workforce management software to farms. Seso’s mission is to provide agricultural workers with meaningful, safe employment opportunities, increase the agricultural workforce in the U.S. and reduce administrative costs to employers through cloud-based software.
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Reesha Dedhia, Seso