One of the challenges for a startup business — even a new high-tech launch that is populated with smart programmers and engineers — is finding an adequate employee benefit provider. Entrepreneurs want their engineers designing the next Snapchat or Venmo and not messing around creating a payroll system. That’s where Sequoia Consulting Group’s Manish Kumar comes in. He started as the San Mateo benefit brokerage’s vice president of technology and its sole technologist with a mission to create cloud-based systems and apps that answer the employee benefit needs of ambitious tech-savvy firms.

Two years ago, Kumar and three engineers built a proprietary enrollment middleware architecture that is platform and carrier agnostic. This allowed data to move freely between different insurance carriers that often could not interact with one another.

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