HackerRank近日获得七百五十万美元投资[caption id="attachment_8176" align="alignnone" width="720"] Tech Hiring Matchmaker HackerRank Draws $7.5M From Global HR Firm[/caption]
程序员招聘竞赛平台HackerRank近日宣布从日本人力资源巨头Recruit获得七百五十万美元投资。HackerRank让应聘者在线完成真实项目的编程挑战，从而来为企业筛选出能力优秀、符合招聘需求的技术人员。HackerRank的联合创始人兼首席执行官Vivek Ravisankar表示, Recruit成为股东将有助于HackerRank扩展在亚太地区的业务。Recruit可以成为HackerRank在亚太地区企业和应聘者的入口。
HackerRank, which hosts online competitions that help programmers flaunt their skills to potential employers like Amazon and Quora, said today it has landed a $7.5 million investment from the funding arm of Japan-based human resources giant Recruit.
The new alliance with Recruit will help Palo Alto, CA-based HackerRank scale up its business in the Asia Pacific region, CEO and co-founder Vivek Ravisankar says. Recruit could be HackerRank’s gateway to both employers and job candidates in that part of the world, he says.
HackerRank counts as customers more than a thousand employers such as Walmart, Bloomberg, and Morgan Stanley, which pay for access to programmers who score high in HackerRank’s online coding challenges, Ravisankar says. All have made at least one hire facilitated by HackerRank, he says. Recruit itself is not a client—yet.
“I think we’ll get them soon,” Ravisankar (pictured above) says.
Ravisankar and his co-founder Harishankaran Karunanidhi, who started the company in 2012, want to change the way tech workers and employers find each other. Under traditional staff search processes, tech applicants send their resumes into the “black hole” of company hiring departments, while recruiters spend hours sifting through resumes to find good prospects, Ravisankar says. Employers may then spend weeks doing interviews to try to gauge the applicants’ actual technical abilities.
HackerRank’s competitions are designed to speed up that process, and open opportunities to people regardless of their gender, race, location, or the prestige of their university degrees. Hackers can log in to the site to improve their skills, compete in challenges, and gain rankings across a range of specific areas such as algorithms, machine learning, and streamlining code. For employers looking to hire skilled new tech team members, it’s kind of like consulting a Moneyball analysis of programmers, Ravisankar says.
“They’re getting to talk to high-quality candidates from the start,” Ravisankar says. HackerRank has screened more than a million developers over the last couple of years, he says. More than 150,000 active programmers used the site over the past month.
In addition to the chance of getting a job offer, hackers can win cash prizes or tech toys such as GoPro cameras, drones, and laptops by performing well in the contests.
HackerRank has built a reputation as “the go-to community for tech talent analysis,” HR Technology Fund president Chihiro Ueda said in a statement about the Recruit fund’s investment in the startup. “As the demand for technology talent continues to outstrip supply, HackerRank offers an efficient way for HR professionals to evaluate talent beyond traditional means.’’
The Recruit fund’s investment brings HackerRank’s total fundraising to $17 million. The company’s earlier financial backing came from Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures, and Battery Ventures, among other investors. Ravisankar says HackerRank’s competitors include companies such as San Francisco-based recruiting software company Gild. Gild compiles profiles of working professionals from dozens of sites, and helps employers find those who best match their needs.
HackerRank’s clients include small to medium-sized businesses as well as larger enterprises, Ravisankar says. The company charges fees of $5,000 to $10,000 a year, per user, depending on the extra features clients want to add. These include CodePair, a skills-testing tool employers can use during the interview process. HackerRank also enables companies to set up their own hacker challenges on their websites’ career landing pages.
Ravisankar says he expects HackerRank’s revenues to reach “the double-digits of millions of dollars” in the next three to four months. The company may double its current staff size of 120 within a year, he says.
HackerRank is one of a growing number of online forums where programmers can demonstrate their computer science skills, outside the academic credentialing system of degrees from accredited colleges and universities. For example, Utah-based online learning company Pluralsight offers skills tests through its divisionSmarterer, and hackers can showcase their work on tech projects throughGitHub.
HackerRank is also making inroads into the academic system. Professors at 74 colleges are using HackerRank’s challenge infrastructure at no charge to set programming tasks for their students, rather than posting the assignments via e-mail, downloading each student’s work, and computing the rankings themselves. Once the classroom service becomes better known, HackerRank will market it as a product to colleges and universities, Ravisankar says.
But HackerRank will remain an avenue of opportunity for people who have never earned a degree, says Ravisankar. The company’s core mission is to create a meritocratic route to tech employment, he says. Fees will never be charged to hackers entering one of the company’s coding contests, he says.
“They will never pay,” Ravisankar says. “It will always be free forever.”
日前，日本招聘巨头Recruit以3900万美元收购了Quipper，至此，2015年亚洲的教育科技类公司的交易量持续增长。此次收购是一项战略性举措，使Recruit的教育水平直线上升，并扩大了其k – 12产品在全球的销售渠道。
Quipper，2010年在英国建立，它最初是通过Quipper Quiz手机移动端平台帮助初学者学习语言和数学的。随后，2014年，Quipper推出了Quipper School以及在线学习平台的k – 12，此平台的教学内容与政府认可课程同步。
2012年，Recruit因收购全球最大的工作招聘网站Indeed.com而闻名。Recruit一直对教育行业兴趣浓厚，它们也通过两个系统提供教育服务，一个是Benkyo Sapuri（课外辅导），另一个Juken Sapuri(高考辅导)为高考生提供学习辅导。
目前，Juken Sapuri以学习精要高质量数字点播的方式，及较低的月订阅费（平均每月10每月）赢得了市场，打破了原有100亿美元考试产业的垄断。此次收购为它们迅速扩张的k – 12的用户群和准备学生们后阶段的高考建立了联系。
Quipper 和Recruit 在教育服务领域有一个共同的理念，正如它们当前的策略一样，强调以低价格提供高质量的服务。Recruit知道如何发展技术并使Quipper的资本增值。Recruit战略突出，在过去的18个月里，它们仅在亚洲的员工就从2名增加到了60名。
数字化的缓慢应用不仅为创业公司提供了机会，也为非传统企业进入教育平台和空间提供了机会，正如马来西亚的企业巨头YTL集团。通过与国家教育部(MoE)的直接合作，YTL发展了Frog Education，一个虚拟学习平台 (VLE) ,为马来西亚10000多所学校提供教育服务。
与Edmodo还有 Frog Education一样，Quipper School 通过云平台来下发作业来简化老师的备课和评估工作，发挥了巨大的作用。
Japan’s Recruit Holdings buys edtech startup Quipper for US$39M
Edtech dealflow across Asia continues to increase in 2015 as edtech startup Quipper has just been acquired by Japan-based Recruit Holdings for US$39 million. The acquisition appears to be a strategic move that will enable Recruit’s education vertical to enhance and expand their K-12 products globally.
Founded in the UK in 2010, Quipper began with Quipper Quiz, a mobile-based quiz platform that helped learners to primarily study language and math subjects. The company then pivoted in 2014 with the launch of Quipper School, an online learning platform for the K-12 segment that features content aligned with government-approved curriculum.
Initially launched in the Philippines, Quipper School has since expanded to nine countries including Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico and now serves over 1.5 million students and 150,000 teachers.
Known for their acquisition of the world’s largest job recruitment website Indeed.com in 2012, Recruit has a strong interest in the education vertical as they also provide educational services through Benkyo Sapuri (Japanese for “study supplement”), and grade 12 university entrance exam test prep Juken Sapuri (Japanese for “entrance exam supplement”).
Juken Sapuri is currently disrupting the US$10 billion exam prep industry in Japan with quality digital on-demand content and low monthly subscription fees that are considerably cheaper than other test prep alternatives at an average cost of US$10 per month. The acquisition appears to be an attempt to provide a link between a rapidly expanding K-12 user base and their eventual need for university test prep at the later phase of secondary education.
“Recruit is famous for being a disrupter and innovator of business and has a lot of know-how on this edtech business domain as well. And above all, we share the same vision,” said Quipper’s CEO Masayuki Watanabe.
Quipper and Recruit appear to share a common approach in providing educational services as their current strategy is backed by an emphasis on relevant high-quality content at lower price points.
Recruit’s business development know-how and capital will add value to Quipper’s current capacity and strategy which has undergone a growth spurt of two employees to 60 in Asia alone over the past 18 months.
“As a startup, Quipper could be agile and make a lot of trials flexibly but there was a limit to it. With Recruit’s substantial and excellent business assets we can now surely accelerate our growth,” said Takuya Homma, Marketing Director at Quipper.
Similar education platforms such as US-based Edmodo have also raised considerable funding in recent years as the steady switch to educational digital content begins to gain more momentum. The education sector has lagged behind other sectors in digital adoption as the dominant publishers position themselves for a new era of learning and education itself becomes redefined.
The slow adoption to digital has provided opportunities for not only startups but also non-traditional players to enter the educational platform and content space as is the case with Malaysia’s corporate giant YTL Group. In direct cooperation with the national Ministry of Education (MoE) YTL has helped to develop Frog Education, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that provides content and communication services to over 10,000 schools in Malaysia.
Similar to Edmodo and Frog Education, Quipper School creates value by minimising teacher preparation and grading time by providing them with an easy to use cloud platform to create and distribute homework online.
High student retention rates as a result of gamified elements, more detailed data and analysis for each student, and curriculum directly aligned with MoE standards for each country in addition to local teacher input for localisation and content relevancy has put Quipper in a strong position to engage new markets.
The author is the Co-founder and Managing Director of EdTech Asia, a consultancy, information and research hub that fosters a community of education and technology enthusiasts.
Recruit Holdings revenue up by over 10%
(Nov. 17, 2014,/staffingindustry.com/)Recruit Holdings (6098: JP), the largest staffing firm in Japan, reported revenue of JPY 617.3 billion (USD 5.3 billion) for the six months ending 30 September 2014, an increase of +10.4% over the same period in 2013. The company achieved gross profit for the period of JPY 304 billion (USD 2.6 billion), while operating income of JPY 53.4 billion (USD 461.8 million) decreased by -3.2% compared to 2013. Net income decreased by -4.1% to JPY 28.4 billion (USD 245.6 million), year-on-year. The reduction in profitability was attributed to investments carried out for medium-term growth.
The Staffing segment which represents 53% of the company’s total revenue reported revenue of JPY 328.1 billion (USD 2.8 billion) for the six month period, an increase of 11.3% over the same period last year. Staffing EBITDA was JPY 18.9 billion (USD 161 million), an increase of +13.1% over the same period in 2013.
According to the company’s financial statement; the domestic staffing market continues to enjoy a moderate expansion trend as the number of active agency workers remain on an upward trend. Revenue from domestic staffing during the period was JPY 191.5 billion (USD 1.7 billion). In the overseas staffing market, operations in North America and Europe enjoyed a moderate expansion trend. Net sales were favourable, reflecting steady growth in business performance and successful growth of outsourcing services at Advantage Resourcing Europe. Revenue from overseas staffing operations was JPY 136.5 billion (USD 1.2 billion), an increase of +13.2%.