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RecTech: the Recruiting Technology Podcast

Jul 12, 2019

The StepStone group acquired 85 percent of the US-American company Appcast for about EUR 70 million. Appcast is the leading technology provider for programmatic job advertising in the US. With the acquisition, Axel Springer continues its growth strategy and further expands the StepStone group’s portfolio of intelligent recruiting and matching tools.

Appcast specializes in displaying job ads online precisely where suitable candidates find them. Appcast’s clients include well-known US brands as well as hundreds of other companies from all industries. Appcast was founded by CEO Chris Forman in 2014. He will continue to lead the company after the takeover of the majority stake by the StepStone Group. Today, the company headquartered in Lebanon, New Hampshire, already employs about 100 people.


PITTSBURGH, July 10, 2019 — JazzHR, the leading recruiting software provider for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced an integrated partnership with candidate-assessment provider Wonderlic to enable companies make more informed hiring decisions.

JazzHR users can now view results from Wonderlic’s scientifically backed “Wonscore®” tests right from JazzHR – empowering them to compare candidates, predict engagement and accelerate time-to-hire.

Wonscore assessments are designed by industrial-organizational psychologists to evaluate candidates for cognitive ability, motivation and personality. Seeing how candidates scored in each of these areas without leaving JazzHR saves time and gives hiring teams a competitive edge in making the right hire, faster.

“We’re so excited to combine JazzHR’s easy-to-use recruiting solution with the power of Wonderlic’s pre-employment testing,” said JazzHR’s VP of Strategic Alliances, Amanda Friedl. “Users can now move candidates through their recruiting stages with confidence reinforced by each candidate’s Wonscore.”

15Five, the pioneer in continuous performance management, today announced the close of a $30.7 million Series B round led by Next47, a global venture firm created by Siemens, with participation from Matrix Partners, PointNine Capital, Jason Calacanis’s LAUNCH Fund, Newground Ventures, Bling Capital, Chaifetz Group, and Chicago and Salt Lake City-based Origin Ventures, which led the startup’s Series A funding round.

This latest round of financing brings 15Five’s total capital raised to $42.6 million.

15Five will use the Series B funding to further accelerate growth, scale sales and marketing, and continue to invest heavily in their innovative product that delivers on the promise of their unique Best-Self Management methodology. 15Five’s further investment in talent, will more than double its 2018 headcount by the end of 2019 to a total of 190 employees.

“This latest round of funding signifies a paradigm shift in organizations’ people management practices, driven by a new generation of employees,” said David Hassell, co-founder and CEO of 15Five. “Millennials perform at their peak when given regular feedback, flexibility in how they work, and growth opportunities. Now as managers, directors and even founders, they see the value of investing in technologies that enable thriving workplaces. We believe that the market has arrived and demand for talent management software like 15Five will continue.”

15Five differentiates itself by basing its product and Best-Self Management approach on the latest research in organizational development and positive psychology. This new approach posits that when leaders build cultures and institute practices that support people in being and becoming their Best Selves, then high performance and uncommon loyalty are the result. Best-Self Management begins with a “Best-Self Discovery” process—setting at least one Personal Development Objective along with other quarterly OKRs—and leverages other key 15Five features like the Weekly Check-in and 1-on-1s.

Every day, hundreds of our military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. On July 25th, employers across the country are reminded to consider these servicemen and women as highly trained, qualified individuals to fill open positions in their ranks during National Hire a Veteran Day.

While legislation is in place protecting separating servicemen and women as they enter the nonmilitary workforce, the best way a potential employer can honor a veteran is to hire one!

Around the world, our military personnel serves to protect our freedom. While they are doing so, provide their returning brothers and sisters with the opportunities to pursue a career in the civilian world. Find qualified candidates for a range of fields from Information Technology, Engineering, and Cyber Security, to Sales, Marketing, Management, Finance, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, and so many more!


“Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill” and do it with a Veteran!

Starting in July and throughout Veterans Day you can post your current job openings to Hire Our Heroes Veteran Job Board by visiting for a 50% discount on 1 year of unlimited job postings by entering the code “Hire a Vet”.

For year-round partnerships, employers and veterans can find more assistance and free training resources at and search for the latest job opportunities. 

Please take a moment to Honor our men and women of Armed Forces by offering them your time and consideration in the civilian workforce and use #HireAVeteranDay to share on social media.

Amazon has pledged to upskill 100,000 of its employees across the United States, dedicating over $700 million to provide people across its corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network with access to training programs that will help them move into more highly skilled roles within or outside of Amazon.

Amazon’s Upskilling 2025 pledge invests in a range of new upskilling programs to serve employees from all backgrounds and Amazon locations. Programs include Amazon Technical Academy, which equips non-technical Amazon employees with the essential skills to transition into, and thrive in, software engineering careers; 

Associate2Tech, which trains fulfillment center associates to move into technical roles regardless of their previous IT experience; 

Machine Learning University, offering employees with technical backgrounds the opportunity to access machine learning skills via an on-site training program; 


Amazon Career Choice, a pre-paid tuition program designed to train fulfillment center associates in high-demand occupations of their choice; 

Amazon Apprenticeship, a Department of Labor certified program that offers paid intensive classroom training and on-the-job apprenticeships with Amazon; and 

AWS Training and Certification,which provide employees with courses to build practical AWS Cloud knowledge that is essential to operating in a technical field.


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