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RecTech Insider for December

Here's your RecTech roundup, news from the past month in recruiting and HR technology circles. Lots of companies, old and new are making headlines.

RecTech Insider for November

Here's whats happened in the past 30 days from the #RecTech / #HRtech industry. News about startups, new funding and acquisitions made the headlines.

Rec Tech Insider for March 2017

Here's what's happened in the past 30 days.


  • SmartRecruiters acquires Jobspotting from Germany. Read the press release.
  • WayUp, an NYC based college recruiting startup has acquired Looksharp, a competitor and team of five. Read the story.


  • Climber.com launches personal career site service. The company’s California based career team works with clients to build the career site, so there is absolutely no programming experience needed. Detail here.
  • ScoutSavvy, a local startup that is trying to help more people of diverse backgrounds find employment with tech companies in the region. Read story.
  • Apply for jobs in 30 seconds without a CV? This Swedish startup helps you nail your dream job quicker. Read story.
  • Noirefy, a Job Referral Platform, Aims to Fight Bias in Recruiting and Hiring. Link


  • Interview with Indeed's head of tech. By any estimates, we’re looking at about a million jobs in tech — engineering, software development, design, management — that will added in the next two to five years. Read story.
  • Uber employees are chatting with each other about Uber’s leadership on anonymous workplace app Blind. Read story.
  • Ladders, Inc. Announces Integration with Greenhouse Software. Integration features will allow recruiters to find and source the best candidates. Press release.


  • WorkHound, a software platform developed to help carriers reduce driver turnover, recently finished a $500,000 fundraising round to grow their business and help trucking companies around the country accelerate profitability by retaining their drivers. Press release.
  • YouEarnedIt steps in. The Austin-based software as a service company encourages worker engagement through real-time digital point rewards for employee behavior that helps generate revenue or reach other workplace goals. Those digital points can then be cashed in for rewards. Now the company, founded in 2013, has closed a $6.5 million Series A funding round to ramp up product development, sales and marketing. Read story.
  • WorkJam raises $12 million to communicate with hourly workers. Via Techcrunch.
  • Talentoday  a talent assessment and people analytics solution, has raised $3.49 million in Series A funding mainly from The Adecco Group, the world’s leading workforce solutions provider. Press release.
  • Comparably has raised additional capital needed to support the growth of its job placement service. The company revealed that it has received $7.25 million from a slew of participants, including Greycroft Partners (which led the round), Comcast Ventures, and several others. With the latest infusion of money, Comparably said it plans to further develop tools to help monitor the job market while bringing more companies on board. Read story.

What I learned at HIRE Conf

Last week in New York City at a rooftop lounge overlooking the Empire State building I had the opportunity to attend the newest entry to the recruiting and HR conference circuit. It was called HIRE Conf put on by Jeremy Roberts and his Hiring Solved compatriots. 200 or so attendees braved the cold rain of the city for the one day event.

I love one day events like this. They tend to be smaller, more intimate and better for networking. Plus it was great that they chose to come to New York where few conference organizers dare to try for fear of costs. It was nice not to have to fly in to attend for once.

The tracks presented were interesting and full of data and some very practical advice. Glen Cathey kicked it off talking about machine learning, A.I. at the intersection of recruiting. His slides had some great quotes about the future of recruiting and you can see some of them in the above slideshow of pics I took. I also enjoyed Todd Davis and his Facebook sourcing tips and tools show. 


  • Cathey thinks in the future recruiters will do more "discovery" of candidates as the technology gets better surfacing related candidates to the skill set you need to find them for.
  • Future technology will help guide recruiters to candidates they want.
  • VolkScience.com can help you build custom email message templates to candidates.(currently in beta)
  • Future recruiters will need to know how to leverage much more technology to be sucessful.
  • The #1 job skill in 2020 will be "empathy". Something machines don't have.
  • Check out Stanley Bot for Facebook Messenger.  A Facebook messenger bot that takes care of things like answering recruitment related inquiries, processing job applications, interviewing potential candidates to creating a shareable audio profile for candidates you’d want to review and share.
  • Looking for a good Chrome extension to help you search Facebook profiles? Click here.
  • Don't try and keyword search facebook profiles on your own, use the 3rd party tools like Net Bootcamp.
  • Stat of the day: Men apply to jobs if they think they meet 60% of the requirements while women only apply to jobs where they meet ALL the requirements.
  • Quote of the day: “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

And though I didn't get to stay for the night life it was good to reconnect with the usual suspects.

Looks like the west coast is next, Jeremy says they are headed to San Francisco in the fall.


January Rec Tech Insider

The funding of new and established HR tech continues. Here's what's new inside the Rec Tech industry including a new job board for HR tech professionals.


  • AuthenticJobs.com a popular niche job board has been acquired by BuySellAds a maker of ad technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read details.


  • CareerCloud launches audio jobcasts for employers. New service embeds short interviews with hiring managers into your job descriptions. Read about it.
  • HR tech Talent is a job online job market for HR tech professionals and vendors. Free to post jobs or resumes. Go there.


  • Reflektive, the real-time performance feedback platform, today announced it has raised $25 million in Series B inside funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Reflektive will use the funds to expedite innovation in its consumer-style performance management and talent development suite designed for the modern workplace. Full press release.
  • EmployeeChannel - Employees Can Be Reached Anytime, Anywhere via Mobile as a new employer feedback tool Raises $5M. Press release.
  • Shiftgig raises 20 million. Shiftgig, a marketplace that connects U.S. employers with workers seeking short-term positions, has raised $20 million in a Series C funding round from DRW Venture Capital, FJ Labs, GGV Capital, and KDWC Ventures. Founded in 2012, Shiftgig is a mobile-first platform that harnesses the burgeoning “gig economy” by letting workers choose the shifts and days they want to work — and the employer(s) they want to work for. It’s not aimed at those seeking a career position, obviously, but those seeking flexible working arrangements will find it useful. Via VentureBeat.
  • Staffjoy Raises $1.2M, Allows Employee Schedules to be Sent via Text. Staffjoy launched in 2015 with the aim of giving small businesses the technology to improve scheduling of hourly workers. Today, the company announced the next phase of its offering and shared that it has raised a $1.2 million seed round led by Caffeinated Capital. Additional participants in the latest funding round include Brainchild Holdings and Haystack Fund. Read more here.
  • Namely, a Zenefits rival, raises Another $50M. HR Software Startup Namely Raises $50 Million: Namely, which aims to make human resources software more user-friendly, today announced funding of $50 million. The New York-based startup targets mid-sized companies, which typically have 100 to 1,000 employees. “A few years ago, I noticed that all mid-sized companies had one thing in common,” founder and CEO Matt Straz told VentureBeat in an interview. “They seem to really struggle with getting the data that they need to run their business.” Read more here.
  • Never Eat Alone: Working inside a massive company can mean being surrounded by thousands of people every day and yet feeling isolated. How do you start to connect with colleagues who might share your interests or make good mentors?This was the feeling Marie Schneegans had a couple of years ago while interning at global bank UBS. And it was what inspired her and cofounder Paul Dupuy to launch Never Eat Alone, a Paris-based startup that helps employees connect with each other over lunch. Via VentureBeat.
  • Accompany, an app that wants to be your virtual chief of staff, has raised a boatload of new cash. The company, whose app publicly debuted in August, said on Monday that it had raised $20 million in new funding. The premise for Accompany is simple: the free app wants to automatically provide you with all the information you need to prepare for meetings. Accompany connects to your Google or Microsoft email account, your mobile calendar, and Facebook and Twitter accounts. From there, the company’s algorithms parse through your personal data—as well as biographies and information listed online—to create miniature dossiers on each of your contacts. Via Fortune.
  • WeFind wants to help people companies recruit their users. For, say, a media company, it could be the people who’ve signed up on the site somewhere to read something. For a clothing company, it could be people who bought something. For a travel company, perhaps people who signed up for an alert when prices dip. For Uber — well, we’re talking of millions of users — aka potential candidates. From ERE.
  • Ripple Recruiting, a startup founded by Yale students to help employers recruit, target and hire top students, has raised $700,000 in a funding round. Read about them.
  • MyAlerts, a Product-tracking startup closed on $2 million in funding as it expands into a market close to CEO Doug Berg's entrepreneurial roots: recruiting. Will track corporate job pages and alert users of new jobs. Read about it.


  • Indeed ends free resume searches for new accounts. Details.
  • Russia blocks Linkedin. Nyet! from NY Times
  • Rumors Are Floating About A Cornerstone OnDemand Sale: Speculation is swirling that Los Angeles-area Cornerstone OnDemand could be up for sale; the company’s stock is up about 5 percent today and rising after hours. Among the potential buyers, are ADP, Microsoft, and Oracle Read more here.
  • Jazz, the leading recruiting solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced its name change to JazzHR (www.jazzhr.com). The name change comes as part of a brand refresh initiative to better align the company's name with its growth strategy and product roadmap. More details.
  • ADP Building Mobile App For Gig Workers. via WSJ - The payroll processor, which historically sells software and services to corporations, is testing a mobile app for individual temporary workers with unpredictable paychecks. The app, yet unnamed, is an attempt by ADP to reach new customers as shifts in technology, culture and demographics reshape the U.S. workforce. 
  • Microsoft is getting into HCM software via ZDnet