Yahoo just acquired a San Francisco-based startup called Distill, which was working on a way to make technical recruiting easier by pairing video interviews and programming challenges. They had raised $1.3 million in funding from investors including Felicis Ventures, China’s Innovation Works and DN Capital. The startup’s two founders, Deng-Kai Chen and Ken MacInnis, came from Tapjoy, StumbleUpon and Google. […]
Entelo launched in late 2012 to join a new generation of startups attempting to leverage technology to help companies address the age-old struggle with finding and recruiting great candidates, particularly engineers. To do so, Entelo has developed software that aims to help companies, HR departments and recruiters use alternative means and data sources (namely social) […]
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Pymetrics thinks there’s a better way to do campus recruiting. The company, founded by a couple of neuroscientists, is launching a new, game-based recruiting tool on campuses that it believes will better assess the strengths of candidates and can find the right careers and companies for them. And it’s raised $2.5 million from Khosla Ventures and a bunch of angels to move that vision forward.
getTalent founder and CEO Abraham Shafi told me that his SuccessFactors-backed startup was just acquired by job site Dice.
With getTalent, customers (who supposedly include Walmart, MTV, and Box) can add a plug-in to their job listings and career pages, allowing visitors to sign up for a “talent community,” where they’ll receive targeted content and listings. Recruiters can also scan résumés and sign people up at job fairs.
Ask any startup or business what its top priorities are at any given moment and, more often than not, the conversation begins and ends with recruiting. In spite of this, recruiting and hiring top talent is a huge headache, the process is messy and inefficient, and most businesses stink at it as a result. According […]
“Recruiting is our top priority,” most serious startups say, yet they’re terrible at it. Ad-hoc interviews, jumbled notes. But Greenhouse turns the messy hiring process into a well-oiled machine for fast-growing startups like Airbnb, Upworthy, and General Assembly. After nearly two years of quietly perfecting its software, today it raised $2.7 million to disrupt Jobvite and grow bigger itself.
A perfect GPA isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Advancing an Open Source project. To help computer science students prepare for jobs (and boost its own recruiting efforts) Facebook today publicly launches Open Academy. The partnership with premier CS universities sets up a special class where students get college credit for contributing to Open Source projects. After a successful pilot at Stanford last year, Open Academy is expanding to 22 universities.
Hired.com, which runs weekly auctions of developers for hire, is looking to challenge the way that traditional recruiting agencies charge their startup clients. Technical recruiting in the Valley is often done by boutique agencies or headhunters with long rolodexes, histories and networks among local developers. Often, if they’re successful in getting a candidate, they’ll hand […]
Sharran Deora said it took a lot of hustle to get his first job out of school. “I went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I didn’t have the right connections,” said Deora, who was dreaming of working in banking. He ultimately ended up at Lehman Brothers and then Barclays Capital in product marketing and product management. […]
It sounds like tech recruiting startup Whitetruffle has already seen some early success — the company says that in its beta test, its network has already grown to more than 2,000 employers and 30,000 job candidates. But it’s hoping to get even bigger (especially on the employer side) with the launch of a free plan.
Whitetruffle works as a matching service between job listings and candidates. Users can create anonymous profiles, then the company says it looks at more than 50 categories to identify likely candidates for a job. Companies get to see candidates’ qualifications, but their name and contact info is hidden until both sides agree to the match. (Once they do agree, Whitetruffle sends an introductory email.)
BeRecruited, the LinkedIn of college athletic recruiting, has become the official recruiting provider for IMG Academy, a training center and school in Florida that has turned out athletes like Maria Sharapova and Eli Manning. After 15 months of development, the site is also launching its newly revamped website today.
TalentBin, a startup that uses data to help recruiters discover hard-to-find technical talent, has raised $2 million in new funding led by Lightbank led the round, with participation from NEA, Foundation Capital, First Round Capital Charles River Ventures, and Funders Club. Lightbank partner Paul Lee will join TalentBin’s board. The startup had previously raised $1.2 million in funding.
Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston and Sequoia Capital partner Bryan Schreier joined us in the TechCrunch TV studio for a special three-part series on how Houston and Schreier work together on recruiting, growing as a CEO, and building the company.
Developer Auction, the startup that flips recruiting on its head by allowing engineers to put themselves up for bidding from companies in need of talent, is expanding its service to intern placement and experimenting with expanding into auctions for designers.
Mickiewicz says Developer Auction has seen “tremendous demand” from UX and UI designers and will hold an auction of designers on June 15th.
GroupTalent launched in December of 2011 to offer solace to the many startups struggling to find top technical talent. Some might stand opposed to this ongoing “talent drain,” while others will call it a full-blown war. Whatever you call it, startups today are hard-pressed to lure top developers and engineers away from the mighty perks and siren calls of companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter.