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RecTech: the Recruiting Technology Podcast

Feb 1, 2019

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FirmPlay ( is launching a new employee referrals solution that instantly sources top talent from 100% of your employees’ networks, instead of the 3% that your employees can remember when making a referral. As a result, cut time-to-hire in half and grow referrals to over 50% of hires, all while boosting diversity and retention.

How does it work? In just a few minutes, your employees upload their contacts to FirmPlay, which then does the heavy lifting of sourcing referrals by matching those contacts to your open jobs. FirmPlay even gets your recruiters a warm intro to matches from the employees who know them the best.

FirmPlay is currently in beta and working with forward-thinking TA teams – to inquire about joining their beta, send a note to


Jyve, the leading platform for in-store flexible and skilled labor, today announces it has raised $35 million in aggregate funding from SignalFire, Crosscut Ventures, Ridge Ventures, and New Enterprise Associates. By offering a Skills-as-a-Service platform, Jyve intelligently matches the needs of enterprises with the right skilled labor at scale, at the right time.

After three years in stealth, the company has reached $400 million in bookings from top grocers, brands and retailers; to meet growing demand the company is welcoming Anu Gupta, formerly Target’s Senior Vice President of Strategy Execution and Operational Excellence, as Chief Operating Officer and Ralph Leung, a former Morgan Stanley senior investment banker, as Chief Financial Officer.

Jyve’s proprietary Skills-as-a-Service platform uses machine learning to source and identify certified, skilled talent (Jyvers) based on the merchandising and digital shopping needs of retailers and brands. By offering enterprises quality talent, Jyvers accomplish a variety of in-store jobs (Jyves) including merchandising, stocking, ordering, display building, e-commerce fulfillment, brand ambassadorship, shelf auditing, and more. As Jyves are completed, companies, for the first time, gain real-time insight into on-the-ground demand and performance.


GoCo the easiest to use all-in-one HR and benefits platform, announced a $7 million Series A funding round led by ATX Seed Ventures alongside the investment arm of UpCurve, Inc. (“UpCurve”), the small and medium-sized business (SMB) solutions provider, among other strategic investors. The new capital will be allocated to hiring across all departments, further platform development to extend the breadth of offerings and to broadly expand the company’s customer base.

Over the past two years, GoCo has grown its customer base of employers into the thousands, increasing the number of individual GoCo users by 10x. Customers of all sizes and verticals have adopted the platform, including retail and gym franchises, school districts, technology companies, real estate brokerages, healthcare hospitality organizations and more. To support this rapid growth, GoCo plans to quadruple its number of employees in 2019.

This Series A round brings GoCo’s total funding to $12.5 million. GoCo is backed by additional investments from Salesforce Ventures, Corp Strategics, GIS Strategic Ventures, the venture arm of Guardian Life Insurance, and Digital Insurance, the largest employee benefits-only company in the US. ATX Seed Ventures is investing for the second time.


AMBLER, Pa., Jan. 30, 2019 — Phenom People, the global leader in Talent Relationship Marketing (TRM), today announced Phenom Bot and Phenom Bot Plus, enabling real-time candidate messaging to engage with active and passive job seekers. Powered by conversational AI and available on Phenom Career Sites, talent acquisition teams can now use bot technology to provide increased personalization, while automating the qualification process, interview scheduling and answering candidates’ most frequently asked questions. This automation enables TA teams to spend quality time with candidates and less time in the crux of administrative tasks. Phenom Bot and Phenom Bot Plus are available now.

“Conversational bots are leaving their mark on all aspects of life — talent acquisition and talent management are no exceptions,” said Mahe Bayireddi, CEO and co-founder of Phenom People. “For our industry, conversational bots are having the highest impact by enabling recruiters to automate the most time-consuming tasks. This allows for more meaningful, personal connections that candidates desire. The byproduct is stronger candidate experiences with personalization and immediate job search and apply functionality.”

Phhenom Bot includes:

  • Sourcing to fuel the talent funnel with quality candidates. Phenom Bot greets candidates on the career site with automated messages, asks candidate questions to learn more about their needs and personalizes the entire conversation based on the responses.
  • Also included screening, scheduling and candidate FAQ