More AI, More Candidate Experience, More Startups, More Funding

What I’m hearing:

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  • Talent Tech Labs has secured $1.8 million in funding. Investors include Allegis Group, Mercer, and Mitchell Martin. The company says that the money “will further expand existing services, as well as create a new program for established, later-stage companies and provide more opportunities for collaboration with corporate HR leaders.” Talent Tech Labs has raised $4 million since its 2012 founding.
  • Speaking of the candidate experience, one firm we haven’t talked a lot about is HireOptimize. Jordan Levy says the company does two things: 1) Creative video about companies, their leaders, their culture, featuring hiring managers and others; 2) Create “challenges” for candidates to complete.
  • Jeff Dickey-Chasins mentioned Door of Clubs to me. It helps companies target student clubs, so it’s a potential diversity sourcing tool.
  • Chris Henry-Reeve tells me that iContract is launching soon, to manage contractors you’re looking for in finance, technology, and law.
  • Casy is looking for beta participants. It’s a Chrome extension for job seekers to use and see how well they match a job. Interestingly, Casy comes out of a Jet.com candidate-experience hackathon (see other submissions here). (By the way, Jet.com’s head of business recruiting Travis Kessel is on a panel on “creative recruiting practices” at ERE’s conference this fall.) 
  • Kriya is an interesting new company you may not have heard of; it’s a two-person “workforce as a service” startup for early-stage companies’ hiring. “Our model is simple,” says Ravi Vadrevu, who works out of San Francisco. “Companies subscribe to hire on-demand by chatting with an AI assistant that takes care of vetting, matching, paperwork, etc. under 30 minutes.” The AI assistant is done using Slack, and in the future perhaps Skype, Google Hangouts, and other platforms. Kriya is using SeedInvest to raise money.

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