Talent acquisition platform Next-5 has revealed this week that it has raised USD 500K in funding from early stage investment firm TNF Ventures. The investment was made under the Technology Incubation Scheme, the Singapore government’s co-funding initiative run by the National Research Foundation.
Next-5, a product by Singapore startup Quantine, is a web platform where employers can post vacancies and screen candidates by watching video job applications posted by prospective employees.
The platform is more than just a jobs portal. Once employers shortlist their candidates based on the video introduction, they can conduct a pre-recorded virtual interview where jobseekers have only one chance to answer. This serves as an additional filtering layer. Read more
Last year, we featured StartUpJobs, a new site that lets startups post job ads for free. Now, another similar community-driven initiative has emerged. It’s called PSDPY, and it’s from the guys who created this Google Spreadsheet for startup jobs – Bryan Lee, co-founder of Intraix, and Ng Wei Leen, head of customer development at Sent.ly.
The site’s name isn’t straightforward though: No one really knows how to pronounce it (pissed-pie? P-S-D-pie?). But there’s no confusion about what it does. As long as your company is under 3 years old, has a proprietary product, and does not do any consulting or third-party development work, you can post your job ads on the site, free-of-charge.
If you own a startup in Asia, here’s a freebie for you. Aqayo, a Singapore-based company, is giving away one year’s worth of free access to its recruiting web app.
The service gives you the ability to engage in social recruiting via Linkedin, share job postings on multiple career websites, create a jobs board, and more. The app has been used by companies like Fujitsu, nubee, and Kraft Foods. There are three versions of the app, targeting startups, multi national corporations, and recruitment companies.
To qualify for the promotion, your organization must be for-profit, headquartered in Asia, and must either have at least 2 employees or founders (if your company was started no earlier than 2010) or have at least 10 employees (if your startup was started since 2009).
If you’re interested, head to this page and mention “Asian Startup” in the comments field.
After getting seed or venture funding, one of a startup’s first actions is to hire a team. However, good talent with high risk profiles are hard to come by.
Getting the word out to the right people could be part of the solution. That’s where StartUpJobs comes in. Created by Ben Chew, an angel investor and entrepreneur who runs a HR consulting firm, StartUpJobs is basically a free jobs portal for startups.
While Ben has said that the service is meant for “startups”, what he really means is any new company under 5 years old. Strictly speaking, startups would cover only new companies that are built to scale and grow rapidly. Read more
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“To help millions of people make informed and better career decisions” — that was, and still is, the grand goal of IDENTIFI when we covered them a year ago.
Since then, they have expanded into an enterprise software company, dropped the double “II” at the end of their name, and brought on notable companies such as Novartis and British American Tobacco as clients.
IDENTIFI provides a suite of data-driven solutions to help enterprises manage their human resource functions and employee careers. The platform has features like pre-employment assessments, a talent recruitment tool, and a developmental plan builder for existing employees. Read more
Philippine startup Kalibrr announced today that it has received PHP4 million (USD100k) in seed funding from Kickstart Ventures, a business incubator that is wholly-owned by Globe Telecom.
Kalibrr aims to close the skills gap in the thriving business process outsourcing industry in the Philippines, which according the the startup, only has a 5% hiring rate.
The company solves the problem by providing online job training and assessment tools to job applicants. Once they complete the program, they’ll be referred to Kalibrr’s partners for a job interview. Applicants can use the website free-of-charge, while companies pay a fixed fee for every hire. Read more
From this spreadsheet, you’d know that Intraix, an energy efficiency startup, is looking for 3 engineers, while Viki, a video entertainment site, is seeking a data analytics engineer. Startups in Singapore are taken it upon themselves to create a job listings spreadsheet, allowing anyone to post jobs on it. All you need to edit the spreadsheet is this URL and a Google account. Fortunately for aspiring first-hires, engineering work is plentiful. Unfortunately for startups, good developers are in short supply.
PayPal has announced today the hiring of Lawrence Chan as the company’s vice president for Asia Pacific New Ventures and general manager for Southeast Asia and India.
Based in Singapore, Lawrence will head the regional business strategy, sales, partnerships, and merchant adoption of PayPal’s payment solutions in the mobile and digital space. He will also lead the expansion of PayPal’s geographical reach.
One of the products he will be pushing is PayPal Here, the company’s mobile credit card reader, now available in Hong Kong, Australia, US, and Canada. Read more
Investor and entrepreneur Jayesh Parekh has joined Jungle Ventures, an early stage VC firm, as one of its managing partners.
The Singapore-based firm, which also operates a seed fund and incubator, has been undergoing a process of team building, with the aim of making 10 to 15 investments in 2013. That’s a step up from the 4 to 5 companies it has been funding annually. It will zoom in on the following countries: Singapore, India, Indonesia and Taiwan. Read more
RedMart.com, a Singapore-based online marketplace for household essentials, announced today that Todd Kurie, the former Director of Marketing at eBay and most recently VP Marketing at MyCube, has joined the startup as VP of Marketing. Read more