Category: General

Startups in Silicon Valley: It is Time to Slow Down

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I recently watched The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. The HBO Documentary which profiles Elizabeth Holmes and her blood-testing company, Theranos, is both horrifying and familiar. In 2014, Theranos was valued at $10 billion. Four years later, it was worth less than zero. It is the story of a tech startup that pushes… Read more »

New Research: Quality of Hire

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Over 60% of companies in Aptitude Research’s latest survey identified improving quality of hire as their greatest recruitment challenge. Organizations have been talking about quality of hire for years. Yet, we have no standard in the market for defining or measuring it. In fact, most companies still don’t know what makes a great hire at… Read more »

Talent Acquisition Technology: Innovation from Ireland

Last summer, I was invited by Enterprise Ireland to attend an event in Dublin and learn about some of the leading technology companies in talent acquisition and talent management. Enterprise Ireland is the Government agency in Ireland responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded service sectors. Eight hundred Irish owned companies… Read more »

Mathematical Curiosity and the Future Workforce

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Yesterday, I attended a math workshop for parents of elementary schoolers (grades K-5). The workshop was designed to provide more support for students at home and to give parents a better understanding of the math curriculum. I love the idea of learning new ways to better help my kids. But, to be honest, the thought… Read more »

Key Takeaways from IBM Think

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending IBM Think, an event focused on topics such as AI, blockchain, and cognitive computing. With nearly 40,000 attendees, this event is massive and spans all industries and company sizes. Think is not an HR event but talent was a central theme this year both in IBM’s… Read more »

Aptitude Weekly Update: Jobvite, TMP, Yello, Google and IBM

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It is the end of another exciting week in HCM technology with some major acquisitions, product announcements, and new partnerships. The recruitment marketing landscape is changing while AI continues to define technology decisions in 2019. Below are some of the highlights from this week: –        K1 Investment Management (a private equity firm… Read more »

Talent Acquisition: The Next Wave of Acquisitions

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Today, K1 Investment Management (a private equity firm based out of Los Angeles) invested over $200 million in Jobvite. This funding will be used to acquire three distinct (and notably different) talent acquisition providers: Talemetry (Recruitment Marketing Platform), Rolepoint (Employee Referrals), and Canvas (Candidate Communication and Text). Each provider offers a unique set of products… Read more »

Aptitude’s Weekly Update

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Last year ended with some significant acquisitions, a busy conference season, and record high industry investment. This year, the momentum has continued and solution providers are expanding their products and reach while corporations are making more strategic investments. It is a great time to be in HCM technology. Each week, we will be posting some… Read more »

A New Year. A New Commitment.

Welcome to Aptitude Research. 2018 was an exciting year in HR Technology. Recruit Holdings acquired Glassdoor. LinkedIn acquired Glint and launched an ATS. SAP acquired Qualtrics. And Google demonstrated its staying power in talent acquisition. Some providers raised money. Others lost money (and market share). And startups continued to emerge creating new opportunities in a… Read more »