A weekly summary of trending news & commentary for busy talent acquisition technology execs and professionals.
“These lifeless species evolved almost exactly as if they were living – becoming gradually more complex, adapting to and propagating in new environments, testing new variations, some surviving, others going extinct. A perfect mirror of Darwinian adaptive change, these new organisms had developed at a blinding rate and now made up an entirely new kingdom – the Seventh Kingdom – which took its place beside Animalia and the others.
It was called: Technium.
Dan Brown, Origin
Job Boards, Social Media Sites & Recruitment Advertising
Jobcase, a Boston, MA-based social platform focused on work, closed its Series A-1 funding round with an additional $11.5m. The round – which is on top of $7m in Series A funding led by Savano Capital Partners, and brings the total raised in 2017 to $18.5m – was led by Providence Equity Partners. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its growth rate. Source: FINSMES
TAtechEurope announced the addition of a new pre-conference Workshop entitled Transforming Your Job Board into a 21st Century Profit Center. The half-day workshop will explore new strategies, products and branding that can help job boards reset how they are perceived in the market and counter those who charge that “job boards are dead” or “old technology.”
Sourcing, Matching, Assessing, Communicating (SMAC) Technology
Ceev, a Dutch app, launched to eliminate the hard work of creating a resume by converting any LinkedIn profile into a clean, neat, printable resume. Available as a free Chrome extension, it comes with a number of color schemes and templates, as well as the option to tinker with font sizes and styles. For now, Ceev has only four templates, but you can use other options to change the color, font style and page size of your CV (Curriculum Vitae). Source: Jobs Portal Watch & tech resendo
gr8 People, a Philadelphia, PA-based provider of enterprise recruiting software for corporate and recruiting process outsourcing (RPO) enterprises, raised $8m in Series B financing. The round, which brings total funding to date to $14m, was led by Ascent Venture Partners, with participation from Delancey Street Partners and Randstad Innovation Fund. The company plans to expand innovation and continue accelerating growth in existing and new markets, and facilitate expansion of its One-Experience Talent Platform. Source: FINSMES
HackerRank, the skills-based recruiting platform and online coding challenge community, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series C funding round led by JMI Equity, a fund that specializes in helping software companies scale. Existing investors Khosla Ventures, Battery Ventures, Randstad and Chartline Capital Partners also participated in this round. The company is focusing on three areas: doubling down on customer acquisition and HackerRank’s go-to-market strategy, investing more in its community, and using machine learning and data science to better match employer and job seekers. Source: TechCrunch.com
AI & Machine Learning
ENGAGE Talent, an AI software company that helps companies identify and effectively engage with passive candidates, has raised $3 million in new funding. Participating investors include Revolution’s Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund, Refinery Ventures and Grand Ventures. The company will use the new funds to further develop its predictive recruiting technologies and to expand its science/R&D and success teams.
Singularity University (SU), a California Benefit Corporation that educates individuals and organizations on navigating accelerating technological change, announced that it has closed $32 million in Series B funding co-led by WestRiver Group and Boeing [NYSE: BA] with participation from Silicon Valley Bank, TAL Education Group, Mukita, and PeopleFund. The investment will help to support SU’s mission of educating leaders globally on how to use exponential technologies (such as artificial intelligence, precision medicine, nanotechnology, virtual reality and more) to tackle humanity’s grand challenges.
Did you miss the TAtech AI Summit last week? Not to worry. You can still attend the pre-conference half-day AI Summit before TAtechEurope in Dublin on March 13-14. The event will also feature Terence Hielscher, MD of moberries.com, Bogomil Balkansky, Google’s VP of Cloud Recruiting Solutions and Renato Profico, CEO of JobCloud.ch, all of whom will be delivering Keynotes. Add their presentations to an Agenda of world class speakers and panelists, and the two-day conference is sure to max your ROI on time out of the office. Join us!
Standards & Best Practices
TAtech is launching the next phase of the International Working Group on Traffic Quality. Click here to see the Declaration on Traffic Quality produced by the first phase. If you’d like to be a part of this unique group that is setting definitions and standards for online recruitment advertising, please contact Peter Weddle at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Group is open to all publishers worldwide.
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Mark Your Calendars! TAtech’s 2018 events include:
• February 12-13, 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona USA: The TAtech Leadership Summit on AI/Machine Learning in Talent Acquisition – the only conference totally focused on the capabilities and impact of AI/ML/NLP in recruitment. See you next year!
• March 13-14, 2018 Dublin, Ireland: TAtechEurope 2018 – the premier event for recruitment advertising and technology thought & business leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
• April 18-19, 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada USA: The TAtech Spring Congress & Meetup – a unique conference designed to maximize opportunities for B2B networking, trending topic discussions and the exploration of partnerships and business opportunities.
• June 5-6, 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota USA: The TAtech Leadership Summit on Programmatic Ad Buying – the only conference totally focused on the technology and applications of programmatic ad buying by both publishers and advertisers.
• September 26-27, 2018 Bourbon Street New Orleans, Louisiana USA: The TAtech Fall Congress & World Job Board Forum – the only conference that brings together the global thought and business leaders of the TA technology industry.