Startups Archives

A New Assessment/Matching Company You Haven’t Heard of Will Be the Next One to Do a Demo in San Diego

Matching potential employees with employers: it was one of those big categories of companies that a lot of the startups I looked at fell into. Perhaps the biggest category, actually. A long list of startups are trying to find a better way to learn people’s motivations, skills, work preferences (e.g. collaborative vs. competitive), and…

Dumpster Fire at Uber Highlights Pitfall of Forsaking HR in Favor of Recruiting

No one wants to be the Uber-of-whatever these days. Headlines alleging sexual harassment will do that, I guess. In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the mess over at ride-sharing service Uber. If not, Susan Fowler, a former site reliability engineer at the company, recently wrote about her “very, very…

The Untapped Potential Of Hiring New Mothers

This series profiles people whose ideas have the power to transform the workplace. Several are company leaders who have put their ideas into practice. Others are thought leaders influencing the way we work. Each new part will post on Tuesdays. Links to previous articles are at the end of this post. This series…

Saba/Halogen; Analyzing Interviews; Relink

What we’re hearing: In a big marriage particularly for the talent-management/human resources world, Saba is buying Halogen. The first is known for learning management, the latter for performance management. WayUp, a college recruiting site, is buying Looksharp, a company in a similar field. WayUp first took notice of Looksharp due to its strong placement…

What Better Time to Start a Recruiting Agency or Consultancy

Some new spinoffs, consultancies, and agencies we’ve been in touch with: Recruiting & Advisory Services is for the “insurance restoration field.” Rick Pereda built a “job predictability” profile to help match candidates with employers and get a leg up over other agencies. Perfect Loop comes from some ex-Amazon hiring managers. Again, it’s a mix of…

Technology is Turning Reference Checks Into Assessments

One of the biggest challenges of recruiting is quality of information. We all know that resumes tell us relatively little and doing structured interviews is expensive. As I discussed in “Using References as a Screening Tool,” technology has given the old sport of reference checking a new life. Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey,…

The Bots and Apps Are Taking Over!

Academia is getting into HR tech development. Two professors and an administrator at Temple University business school have come up with DevelapMe, a performance management app. Not to be confused with Develop.Me, which is a performance management app for churches, the secular DevelapMe is one of the growing number of tech alternatives to…

Performance Management Goes to the Apps

Academia is getting into HR tech development. Two professors and an administrator at Temple University business school have come up with DevelapMe, a performance management app. Not to be confused with Develop.Me, which is a performance management app for churches, the secular DevelapMe is one of the growing number of tech alternatives to…

Latest ADP Buy Is Bet That Analytics Trend Will Accelerate

The big vendor news this week was the acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) by ADP. It’s not so much the size of the deal — TMBC is a boutique performance management consulting and services firm; no price was announced. Instead, the significance of the deal is two-fold: It continues ADP’s march…

Latest ADP Buy Is Bet That Analytics Trend Will Accelerate

The big vendor news this week was the acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company by ADP. It’s not so much the size of the deal — TMBC is a boutique performance management consulting and services firm; no price was announced. Instead, the significance of the deal is two-fold: It continues ADP’s march to become…