StartDate Labs, an incubator for new job search technology designed by the creator of AIRS, today announced the completion of a $750,000 seed round investment from private investors and recruiting industry leaders. StartDate Labs said it will use the money to develop a suite of next generation web and mobile job search applications.
Terry Terhark , CEO of the RightThing, and Steve Pogorzelski, former President of Monster.com and current CEO of Clickfuel, led the round of private investors and will join the company’s Board of Directors.
According to an article on ERE from John Zappe, the incubator is focused on addressing talent acquisition from the job-seeker side. Plenty of companies already provide technology for employers. But aside from efforts by other job boards, job seekers have mostly been left on their own to deal with the resume black hole.
StartDate aims to tackle this problem.
Created by Chris Forman & Tim McKegney, the former CEO and EVP of AIRS, StartDate has eight employees and is headquartered in Lebanon, NH.
“Job search is ripe for major change” says Chris Forman CEO of StartDate Labs. “Job seekers are structurally unhappy with the entire process…the lack of feedback, the inefficiency, the confusion. Combine this unhappiness with the maturation you are seeing in mobile, social, and applicant tracking technology and you have an inflection point where a few new ideas, well executed in technology, could radically change how people look for work. That’s what we’re aiming to do.”
“Chris and Tim have a track record of innovation and business execution in the talent acquisition space that is hard to match” says Terry Terhark, investor and board member. “Speaking for the other investors, we really believe the technologies they are developing will shape job search for years to come.”