Who is Kalo

Our Mission

At Kalo, we believe that work as we know it is undergoing a profound change. Our mission is to enable any company or team to turn good ideas great with freelancers with no limits or boundaries who they work with.

2014

Pete leaves Google and starts Kalo

2017

Kalo raises a total of $25m and launches Kalo Pay

Future

More amazing work created by freelancers

Peter, our Founder & CEO leaves Google and starts Kalo

Kalo was born out of frustration over the way we all work together. As a design lead at Google, Peter wanted to create amazing work and more often than not this meant heavily relying freelancers. Yet this way of working caused him to spend all his time coordinating with no time left to design. Everything from finding freelancers, through to onboarding them, integrating them into his workflow and tools, right through to getting them paid, was painful. So he set out to solve a problem.

Peter Johnston

The Timeline

2014
November

Peter leaves Google and starts Kalo as a solo founder, joining the Techstars London accelerator program.

December

Peter raises $500k in seed funding from Mark Evans and Richard Fearn and sets out to build the team.

2015
March

The Kalo team grows by 3, with a CTO, Head of Sales, and the first engineer.

May

Peter Thiel invests $1.5m in Kalo backing the future of work and the freelancer economy.

Peter Thiel
August

Kalo launches it's first pilot product with 10 customers including design agencies and well known publishers.

December

Kalo places 3rd in the TechCrunch Disrupt London competition.

Kalo at Techcrunch Disrupt
2016
January

Kalo hits 10 people and finishes the year with 60 companies managing 10,000 freelancers through the app.

June

Kalo finds product market fit and continues to grow 20% MoM and raises $11m Series A from Valar Ventures and Goldcrest Capital.

September

Kalo brings on Max Levchin as an Investor and opens San Francisco office hiring a team of six.

Max Levchin
October

Opened San Francisco office at 300 California Street with a team of 6 and room for 30.

2017
February

Kalo raises another $10m in funding and add Max Levchin’s SciFi Ventures to the board of directors.

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