Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution

Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article by Christine Magee.

Hiring is going high tech thanks to a crop of new venture investments.

Recruiting can be a nightmare for companies of all stages and sizes – it’s a time suck for current employees, often a shot in the dark in terms of candidate search and interview logistics, and if done haphazardly it can really screw up a company.

It’s an issue that has spawned a new class of startups tackling a variety of recruiting obstacles. With over $400 million raised in 120 venture rounds this year, investors are finally directing their attention and cash toward one of the largest pain points for any company – hiring.

As companies like Hired, Jibe and ZipRecruiter secured sizable rounds in the past few quarters, total capital committed this year has already far surpassed 2013’s total of $275 million.

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VCs Want Tech To Be Your New Sous Chef

VCs Want Tech To Be Your New Sous Chef

While giants like Seamless and billion-dollar Delivery Hero continue on a quest to conquer the food delivery market, a new crop of food startups are raising venture dollars to cater to those who would rather cook their own meals.

From gourmet recipe kit Plated to gadgets like immersion circulator Nomiku and gluten detector 6SensorLabs, amateur chefs are beginning to rely on tech to prepare home-cooked meals that rival take-out.

Berlin-based recipe kit service Marley Spoon is the latest in this bunch, closing a $5 million Series A funding yesterday to build out its service in Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

The second quarter of this year saw an influx in funding for cooking-related startups, as $50 million rounds for both HelloFresh and Blue Apron pushed the total capital committed to an all-time high of $107 million in 12 venture rounds.

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Teespring Makes Lucky 13 For a16z And Khosla

Teespring Makes Lucky 13 For a16z And Khosla

Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz team up for the 13th time today, backing custom apparel crowdfunding platform Teespring in the second sizable funding round raised this year by the three-year-old startup.

Securing the vote of confidence from both of these major players has proven to be a sign of good things to come.

The list of 12 co-investments prior to Teespring includes two successful exits, two unicorn companies, and another handful heading that way with over $50M in venture funding raised.

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Startup Calendar for November 18th

Seven events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And fourteen accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

VCs Start To Swarm On Drone Deals

VCs Start To Swarm On Drone Deals

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article by Christine Magee.

It’s not big money yet, but drone technology has investors looking to the sky for pennies from heaven.

Venture investments last quarter hit an all-time high of $65 million as Airware and PrecisionHawk raised some of the first significant follow-on rounds to date. Seed rounds shot up in 2013 as 14 new drone tech companies closed their first rounds of funding.

Drone innovation is moving at light speed as entrepreneurs leverage the technology behind military combat UAVs to solve civilian problems, from commercial data capture to on-demand burrito delivery.

As drone tech stages a full-scale invasion of the commercial sector, venture investors like Andreessen Horowitz, First Round, and Google Ventures are among those placing early bets.

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Now Is The Time To Apply For Spring Accelerators

Now Is The Time To Apply For Spring Accelerators

As we head toward the close of 2014, accelerators are gearing up for their upcoming spring batches. There’s still time to apply with deadlines approaching in November and December.

While 500 Startups is currently accepting its 12th San Francisco-based class, new programs are launching globally to focus on specific groups of entrepreneurs.

Haxlr8r, a China-based hardware accelerator launched in 2011, helps entrepreneurs leverage the supply chain and factory ecosystem during the program in Shenzhen leading up to a Demo Day in San Francisco. Haxlr8r has graduated 30 companies, including Kickstarter successes Darma and Spark.

Prosper, launching its first program next year in St. Louis, seeks to bridge the tech gender gap by focusing on women-led tech, life sciences and consumer product startups.

MergeLane is also currently recruiting its initial class geared toward female entrepreneurs. Unlike most programs, MergeLane doesn’t require startups to spend the entire length of the program on-site in Boulder, Colorado – instead they have a “reduced residency requirement” tailored to the needs of participants with family commitments in order to accept a more diverse set of teams. Continue reading