We at HiringSolved are feeling lucky. Good things are happening. Most recently, we have been fortunate enough to be a Platinum sponsor at the upcoming SourceCon in Seattle on Oct 2nd and 3rd. I say it’s been great fortune because we can afford it, and because we have an amazing sourcing tool we think the SourceCon audience will love. By the way, for those attending or planning to attend, get ready for an incredible After Dark party presented by HiringSolved!
Good fortune, though, comes with hard work. Shon and Trevor began this process long before I joined as the 3rd wheel, and put a tremendous amount of effort into building something great. Since that time (and still since I’ve joined), we’ve put tremendous hours to build something that is not just great but what our customer’s are asking for. You’ll hear this mantra around our office daily, “We value feedback as much as dollars.”
Many late night, bleary-eyed conversations about next steps, server fixes, and plans for attracting funding. It’s all paying off. We’ve secured our first round of funding in what we’re told is very short order and in Phoenix of all places.
It’s at times like the last few months that I’ve been drawn back to a quote I read from Steve Jobs. He seems to be everywhere these days, (and seems to have had a striking resemblance to Ashton Kutcher in his earlier days.)
“It’s hard to tell with these Internet startups if they’re really interested in building companies or if they’re just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don’t really want to build a company, they won’t luck into it. That’s because it’s so hard that if you don’t have a passion, you’ll give up.”
Another recent good moment happened when a leader on our sales team, Eric, recently reached out to a Fortune 100 company and everyone in their recruiting department knew about us. This is a big moment for a start up. Not only did they know who we were, but we were also asked to put together a presentation for the leadership team and to be ready to move to the next steps within short order. We’re elated by this news, but something interesting happened on that call. Eric was told that “people aggregators” have been all the talk.
I bring this up, not to take issue with this one conversation, but I’ve seen many companies that are similar at best to HiringSolved being lumped into the same conversation on sales calls, blogs, radio shows, and more. And, to be clear, many of these are fine organizations with worthy value propositions. And, no doubt, they’ve put in hard work to be where they are too. So, let’s examine what exactly do we all do?
We are often talked about in the same sentence as TalentBin, Gild, Entelo, and others. Here are the core offerings of the aforementioned three, as I understand them (I chose them because we hear them the most):
- Gild ranks programmers quality of code against an algorithm.
- Entelo ranks by probability of software engineers to move according to external hires.
- TalentBin like us, aggregates without ranking, but are specific to tech, particularly software engineers.
We at HiringSolved on the other hand crawl the web, capture unstructured data on all the worlds’ talent, and turn that into a profile of a candidate that can be easily digested by the user. We are not specific to “tech,” rather we aim to organize the information of all the employable individuals in the world. Our technology is useful for sourcing for any skill in any location in the world. You can use HiringSolved to source a Hadoop Architect in Austin one day, and an Executive Chef in Malaysia the next. No other sourcing tool or aggregator does that. We’re excited to be the first to organize all the world’s talent and we’re excited to hear your feedback on what we’ve built.
So, “people aggregators” are all the rage, and that’s good for us – and everyone else participating in the game. But, one should know that there are some stark differences before making the decision, which is best for them.
After all, we (along with the others) are lucky to be where we are. And, we should be acknowledged for what we’ve done, and our customers should know what it is that we all offer.
As Daft Punk says, “We’ve come too far to give up who we are.”
I look forward to meeting you all in Seattle in October for #SourceCon2013 should you be there.
Matt Ekstrom – HiringSolved