Hunt Club, a talent startup based in Chicago, has closed a $10 million Series A round to expand its recruitment platform.
The funding round was led by Teamworthy Ventures and brings the total funding raised by the startup to $14.5 million. The capital infusion will be used to boost the development of Hunt Club’s Talent Expert Network and its candidate referral technology, as well as the expansion of its recruiting team. Stephen Schmalhofer, a Partner at Teamworthy who will also be joining Hunt Club’s Board of Directors, said about the firm’s participation in the round:
“After experiencing firsthand the power of Hunt Club’s multi-sided talent network to help our portfolio companies, our team saw that Hunt Club was developing a category-defining recruiting platform that is built to solve the urgent problem of finding the right talent and providing a great experience for candidates, employers, and recruiting teams. We’ve been impressed by their remarkable progress, scaling revenue, growing headcount from approximately 20 to 120 in a short period, and bringing on several talented new business and product leaders to serve the market demand.”
Hunt Club is aiming to revolutionize the recruiting industry by building a team of high-performance recruiters to provide a personalized and preferential service to its users, instead of replacing recruiters. By taking advantage of its wide network of professionals, the startup recruits high-quality employees in half of the time via referrals. Nick Cromydas, CEO & Co-Founder, said about this approach:
“We believe that the best recruiters in the world have incredibly valuable networks that they cultivate and curate. With our network mapping and referral technology, we can turn any one of our 100+ talent team members into the most connected recruiter. Rather than trying to disintermediate the recruiter, we invest in our product and engineering team so we can quickly build the best technology and tools to give our recruiters an unfair sourcing advantage. This is still a people-powered business today, and when you’re competing with other companies to hire a candidate who has 4 offers, the right digital candidate experience and human touch both matter”.
With most tech companies looking to automate the hiring process by using IA and other technologies, Hunt Club’s approach could be considered innovative despite going back to the basics. Not only does the use of its network of recruiters improve the efficiency and costs associated with the recruiting process but it also improves the overall experience both for the employer and potential employee.