TAtech Global News Bulletin: Randall Reilly snags Smart Rhino Labs, randrr acquires Anthology and Vangst smokes with new funding

Peter Weddle

A weekly summary of trending news & commentary for busy talent acquisition technology execs and professionals.


Mark Zuckerberg is a world leader. He governs a meta-country with approximately 2 billion citizens. The citizens of Facebook are the wealthiest people on earth. They pay taxes with their data. At some point, the citizens of Facebook are going to want a say in how their tax data is spent. At the moment, the meta-country of Facebook is subject to the laws and regulations of the physical countries its physical citizens live in. If Facebook doesn’t lead, others will fill the vacuum.

Shelly Palmer, Context for the Future, March 22, 2018

Job Boards, Social Media Sites & Recruitment Advertising

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) has selected Adicio and their CareerCast team to manage the sales efforts and platform for the ATD Job Bank, the only job bank solely focused on the needs of the talent development field. The ATD Job Bank serves talent development professionals looking for career opportunities and the employers who need exceptional talent development expertise to advance the goals of their organizations. The newly designed ATD Job Bank will offer employers a robust job and resume-matching system, while providing job seekers with a more modern and customized home page. The ATD Job Bank offers qualified and experienced candidates and positions within instructional design, training and development, organization development, learning management, and many more talent development disciplines. Source: Media Report

Dojob, a Malaysia based company, recently launched its newly revamped website, a social platform to help individuals turn their passion and talent into extra income by showcasing it on dojob. The new website has a clear and mobile-friendly design, enhanced functionality, and optimized filtering and navigation to ensure talents are shown to the right job hires. Added features include a timeline for profiles, a robust filtering system, and a comprehensive communication system including newsfeeds, private messaging and a direct service enquiry between talents and job hires to communicate with each other for the entire job process. Source: Asia One

Randall-Reilly announced that it has completed the acquisition of Smart Rhino Labs, which offers recruiting services in the trucking industry. Randall-Reilly is the leading provider of B2B data and data-driven marketing services, media and events for the trucking, construction, agriculture and additional industrial markets. Key company leadership at Smart Rhino Labs, including CEO Scott Evanson, COO Ben Paynter, CTO Brett Evanson, and CMO Jared Beauchamp, will remain in their respective roles. Source: Media Release

Vangst, the leading employment resource for the cannabis industry, today announced $2.5 million in seed round funding to accelerate its rapid growth, continue scaling and expand into newly legalized markets. The round was led by Lerer Hippeau, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests globally. Casa Verde Capital, a venture capital firm focusing on the ancillary cannabis industry, also invested in the round to support Vangst’s mission of defining the cannabis job market. Vangst will use the funding to continue growing their jobs marketplace in addition to improving their already state-of-the-art recruiting technology. The funds will also be used to improve Vangst’s own internal infrastructure and future hiring missions. Source: Media Release

Sourcing, Matching, Assessing, Communicating (SMAC) Technology

eJobXchange has launched a unique and interactive crowd-sourcing virtual social recruiting network called the job Xchange platform. Its goal is to find great candidates that companies may otherwise miss or overlook by leveraging a network of thousands of virtual social recruiting professionals willing to share job postings on their social media accounts. This enables eJobXchange to bring in qualified candidates, particularly candidates who may not be actively looking for a new job, cost effectively for their partners. Source: Media Release

Jackonville Florida based randrr, a free and private career insights platform has announced that it has acquired privately held Anthology (formerly Poachable), an anonymous career-matching platform. Anthology matches people with new career opportunities anonymously through an entirely automated process. According to the press release, “By leveraging Anthology’s technology and member base, randrr will be able to expand its reach and enhance its list of offerings to users, which currently includes: reliable job searches, resume boost, salary comparison, company insights, automation of dream job skills matching, and marketability. Anthology will bring randrr additional depth in anonymous career connections to help progress its product.” Source: Recruiting Headlines

AI & Machine Learning

AllyO, a provider of AI recruiting technology, is emerging from stealth and announcing a $14 million round of funding led by Bain Capital Ventures and joined by Cervin Ventures, Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), and Randstad Innovation Fund. Indy Guha, partner at Bain Capital Ventures, is joining AllyO’s board. “Businesses are finding that traditional recruiting means are insufficient to keep today’s candidates engaged,” said Guha. “But key breakthroughs in natural language processing and conversational AI, together with the ubiquity of smartphones, can transform how businesses conduct recruiting. AllyO’s AI-first approach is perfectly positioned to lead the way. AllyO has already demonstrated tremendous market success by helping Fortune 500 companies achieve dramatic improvements in core recruiting metrics.” Source: Media Release

Microsoft Pix, an app available for iOS devices, uses artificial intelligence to detect the data of a business card and then searches LinkedIn for the profile of that person to connect the user with them instantly. This way users are able to have a more direct contact with the people they know. Source: JobsPortalWatch

Tempo, a London, UK-based video based recruitment platform using artificial intelligence, raised £1m in seed funding. The round was led by company builder Hambro Perks. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate development of its tech platform and to expand further within London. Launched in May 2017 by Ben Chatfield and Ollie Povey, Tempo leverages video technology and artificial intelligence to allow companies to instantly hire quality candidates for temporary office/admin roles quickly. The company says its fastest placement took 27 minutes. Tempo also partners with Pitman Training, which grants 40,000 yearly graduates to the platform. Source: Finsmes

Wiz-Career is set to revolutionize the recruitment process for better through its online patented career portal backed by AI technology that will make the recruitment process more efficient both for job-seekers and employers. A NJ-based business software expert has launched a revolutionary career portal system at Kickstarter that aims to bring the best in job seekers before employers through the help of state of the art Artificial Intelligence technology. The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to raise around $30,000 by April 9, 2018. “Wiz-Career is launched to make the recruitment process more efficient and smarter for both job-seekers and employers,” stated Pugazendhi Asaimuthu, the man behind the revolutionary AI-backed career portal. Source: Digital Journal

Read the results of the inaugural TAtech-Fluent Survey of Consumer Perceptions of AI. Every consumer is either a potential or actual job seeker or a recruiter, and this annual survey will provide one-of-a-kind insights on how they view the role and impact of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Though limited to American workers, it offers a fascinating look at emerging perceptions of this powerful technology and how jobs and careers are or will be changing.

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 peterweddle@tatech.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. See you next year!

• 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 Global Economic Forum of recruiting, this event brings together thought & business leaders from job boards and all other talent acquisition technology solutions companies around the world.

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