Celebrating Our Launch in Vegas!

It’s hard to believe that we were in Las Vegas just a week ago, celebrating our launch at SourceCon 2018. It was instantly clear as to why this event has so many devotees that return year after year to soak up the innovations, wisdom and excitement from our industry.

Our team brought back countless amounts of new insights thanks to the sessions, keynotes and of course, the folks that stopped to chat at our booth about sourcing methods, pain points and what recruiters are wanting from their tech in 2018.

Thanks to ERE Media for putting on such a productive, valuable and lively three days! We welcomed a ton of new friends into the Uncommon community, and we’re excited to continue learning from all the thought leaders and sourcing wizards that we connected with.

Here are a few photo booth pics from the SourceCon kick-off party that we had the pleasure of hosting on the first night:

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Uncommon is coming to SourceCon 2018!

We’ve been counting down to this year’s SourceCon in Vegas, and our excitement has only grown after hearing how much of a blast it is to be at a conference with the most extroverted, people-loving humans out there- recruiters!

We will be celebrating our launch from the very first night as the hosts of SourceCon’s kick-off party- complete with drinks, photo booth, and a chance to win casino chips to really start off your week in Vegas right.

Our CEO, Teg Grenager, and Business Developer, Ryan Erving, will be moderating at both of the Tuesday roundtables on the topic of artificial intelligence in recruiting. Key takeaways will include eliminating bias in hiring and how AI will not replace, but rather augment the work of recruiters.

Stop by our booth, #410/412, to test your Recruiter IQ and win casino chips, and of course to learn more about how Uncommon can fill your hiring pipeline with interested & qualified candidates.

See you in Vegas!

Finally, A Better Way to Connect Jobs With Talent

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When you think about it, the recruiting industry hasn’t really changed much in the past 100 years. Employers write job descriptions and pay to advertise them. Job seekers read job posts on job boards, decide if they are qualified, and apply. Then the employers have to read through all the resumes and make subjective decisions about who to talk to.

It works, but it’s badly in need of an upgrade. Job seekers end up applying for jobs they’re not qualified for, recruiters waste lots of their precious time and money reviewing unqualified applicants, and the process lacks objectivity. Having personally felt the pain on both sides of this dysfunctional equation, we got to thinking: there’s got to be a better way.

That’s why today we’re launching Uncommon IQ, the industry’s first qualification-based talent marketplace. Uncommon IQ fundamentally changes the way that employers find talent and people find jobs, and paves the way for a much-needed industry transformation that will bring efficiency and objectivity to all parties. Here’s how it works: with Uncommon IQ, job seekers see which jobs they are already qualified for, and apply to them with confidence. And employers get access to a stream of 100% qualified applicants for their position, guaranteed. This saves recruiters a lot of time, and – since they pay only for qualified applicants with the industry’s first Cost per Interested and Qualified (CPIQ) pricing model – it also saves them a lot of money!

We’ve spent the last year working hard to build Uncommon IQ because we want to bring efficiency and fairness to the recruiting process. And the response from our beta customers has been extraordinary – this is clearly the programmatic platform that the industry has been waiting for! That’s why today we’re delighted to put it in your hands, and finally give the recruiting industry the upgrade that it so badly needs – and deserves.

Happy hiring!

Teg Grenager, CEO

Uncommon.co Launches Recruiting Industry’s First Qualification-Based Talent Marketplace

Founded by entrepreneurial pioneers of data and automation with over $1B in exits, Uncommon.co comes out of beta with $18M in funding, and is already trusted to help find talent for Gap, Aflac, and Lyft

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2018) – Today, Uncommon.co announces Uncommon IQ, the industry’s first qualification-based talent marketplace that connects job seekers, employers, and job sites in a fully-automated, transparent and objective way.

Using a proprietary AI algorithm to analyze career paths, experience, skill level and job interest, Uncommon IQ gives recruiters on-demand access to applicants that meet or exceed every job requirement and are ready to be interviewed, eliminating the costly and manual inefficiencies of traditional sourcing.

Check out a video of how easy it is to use Uncommon IQ here.

Uncommon IQ also puts job seekers on the fast track to employment by allowing them to apply with confidence for jobs for which they know they are qualified. Uncommon.co candidates are 12 times more likely to be invited to an interview as they appear in a short list of pre-qualified candidates. For job sites who service both job seekers and employers, this enables them to provide a better experience and maximize revenue.

For decades, the recruiting industry has been operating in the dark with no easy or effective way of connecting the right candidates to the right job positions. With the growth in online job boards and marketing sites, job seekers can easily apply to dozens of positions with a single click, but rarely hear anything back about their application. Employers blindly pay the outdated Cost Per Click (CPC) fee for every submission, then spend hours screening hundreds of resumes only to find a few that are actually qualified and interested in the job position.

“When I was hiring for my previous companies, I was stunned at how finding talent was based on a ‘needle in a haystack’ approach,” said Teg Grenager, CEO of Uncommon.co. “Now, we’re creating what I wish I had then: a simple and effective way to connect with only qualified applicants who are ready to be interviewed, allowing recruiters to spend less time sourcing and more time hiring great talent.”

Using AI technology trained on over 50 million career paths, Uncommon IQ analyzes applicant resumes for hard skills, like expertise in data science or kinesiology, by looking for factors like degrees attained or years in a role; soft skills, like creativity and entrepreneurship, are found by extrapolating skills necessary for success in past jobs.

With Uncommon IQ’s first-of-its-kind Cost Per Interested & Qualified (CPIQ) pricing model, customers are only charged when a fully qualified candidate applies for a specified open position, and can even challenge irrelevant resumes for an immediate refund.

“My recruiting efforts typically consisted of posting positions on various job sites and then sifting through hundreds of applicants — with most of them being unqualified,” said beta customer Galia Schwarz, VP Business Development at Resonai. “With Uncommon.co, I am able to post my position in one place and know that they will take care of all the sourcing and screening for me. It’s centralized and easy to use!”

“Uncommon’s technology is unleashing a much-needed transformation in the job market.” explained Amir Ashkenazi, Founder, President and Chairman of Uncommon.co. “The job market has not changed much since the classified ads era — basically a black box for those on both sides of the hiring equation. At Uncommon.co, we’re using best-in-class technology to fix the unfair, broken recruiting system and empower job seekers to find meaningful opportunities suited to their skill sets, while helping employers level the playing field for applicants and find the best talent. It’s a win-win.”

The company is also announcing $18 million in Series A funding from Canaan Partners, Spark Capital and Zeev Ventures. “Today’s recruitment system is broken—the process is slow and rife with bias and it’s stagnating growth for companies of all sizes, across industries,” said Santo Politi from Spark Capital. “That’s why I’m excited about what the team at Uncommon.co has created: a guaranteed solution for finding qualified talent on demand. They have created a system that will soon become the status quo and will disrupt the $428 billion global staffing industry.”

“I’ve known Amir for almost 20 years, since our days at Shopping.com and I worked with both Amir and Teg on their prior startup Adap.tv. Together, we all experienced directly just how awful the recruiting experience can be,” said Dan Ciporin, General Partner at Canaan. “I am thrilled to back Amir and Teg again with Uncommon, as they transform recruiting with a solution that finally gives companies only the candidates they want and gives job-seekers exactly the role they are looking for – at a company that wants to hire them.”

Uncommon.co is led by Amir Ashkenazi and Teg Grenager, veteran entrepreneurs with extensive experience creating market-ready B2B products that eliminate marketplace inefficiencies. The team previously worked together to start programmatic video advertising startup Adap.tv, acquired by AOL for $405 million, the company’s largest acquisition at the time. Ashkenazi also founded Shopping.com, which was acquired by eBay for $634 million.

About Uncommon.co:

Uncommon.co is on a mission to deliver life-changing opportunities by removing obstacles that stifle employment prospects, to help people and businesses grow. Founded in 2016 by Amir Ashkenazi, a serial entrepreneur with a combined $1B+ in exits, Uncommon IQ is the industry’s first qualification-based marketplace. Using a proprietary AI algorithm to analyze career paths, experience, skill level and job interest, Uncommon.co gives employers on-demand access to applicants that exceed every job requirement and ready to be interviewed.