On Oct. 3, Upwork celebrated its debut as a public company. The firm’s shares, offered at $15, surged more than 50% on the first day of trading, eventually settling at about $21 a share, giving the firm a market capitalization north of $2 billion. The IPO may be the catalyst for a new chapter of growth […]
Recruiting is, at its core, a business built on relationships. The best recruiters, particularly those recruiting tech talent, maintain a Rolodex of high-value candidates, actively trying to stay top of mind for when they might be ready to make a career change. In some cases, that may involve taking a candidate out to lunch, dinner […]
As most founders will attest, running a technology startup is notoriously hard.
One of the biggest challenges is hiring quality software developers affordably, because they are some of the highest-paid and sought-after talent in the country. And for cash-strapped startups, they often are cost-prohibitive.
Enter Turtle.ai, a New York-based platform that makes it easy and affordable for […]
Statement of work is big business.
According to Staffing Industry Analysts’ estimates, companies spend $458 billion per year on contingent work via SOW globally. Some staffing firms are adding solutions business to their portfolio to command higher margins and get a more strategic seat at the table. That said, perhaps too often, work performed under an […]
Some occupations lend themselves to online staffing, either because they can be performed remotely, are project-based or perhaps because the work itself is relatively “low risk” from a client perspective.
Others have been tougher nuts to crack. Accounting and finance has been surprisingly resistant to the broader trend of work moving online.
Enter Paro, a Chicago-based company […]
Personality tests are as old as psychology.
One test in particular — known as the “big five” or “fivefactor model” — scores individuals along five dimensions: openness, extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticism. It is often used to predict performance and turnover in a work setting, but it can take up to two hours to administer and […]
Great brands tend to attract great talent. Most companies, however, don’t leverage their brand toward their workforce the way they do toward their customers.
Enter TalentNet, an Ontario-based software company that helps large firms curate and deploy contractors they’ve already attracted. These contractors are already in the company’s database because they have either applied for a […]
Starting a new job can feel overwhelming. On top of the nervousness and excitement typically associated with starting a new job, workers are often faced with figuring out their new firms’ facilities, culture and processes — on their own.
The experience can be even more intimidating for temporary employees, who might not know whom to ask […]
San Francisco-based Bunker was the winner of the Gig Economy Shark Tank Innovation Award, as voted by a panel of industry veterans and investors at Collaboration in the Gig Economy, while San Francisco-based Bonsai was voted “audience favorite.”
The session, modeled after the popular TV show “Shark Tank” on ABC, took place Sept. 14th in Dallas. […]
To peer into the future of staffing, one need look no further than Knightscope, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup that builds and “places” security robots.
Founded in 2013, the firm deploys robots that, armed with myriad sensors, are primarily used to enhance, expand and automate on-site security services. They look like adolescent- sized iPods that patrol […]