Job boards news all around the world: the fall edition

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News22Fall is most definitely in the air, as in leaves falling to the ground and making it hard to mow. But fall also means conferences for job board folks and (of course) deals, deals, deals! So without further ado, here is the latest news:

  • JobBoardFinder.net migrates into North America:  JobBoardFinder.net, an international recruiting startup created by Rillieux-La-Pape, France-based  Aktor Interactive, helps candidates find the right job sites to help their career quest and job search. It is expanding into North and South America as of the end of September. It’s free for job boards to register.
  • Another job board for hourly workers:  Workpop, a Venice startup with $7.9 million in funding, is focused on making the hiring process more transparent for both employers and the 76 million Americans seeking hourly work. It will enter a crowded market, led by Snagajob. The extra funding will probably help.
  • Recruit plans its IPO:  Japan’s largest recruitment company Recruit Holdings said it is planning an initial public offering worth $1.8 billion, which will test investor appetite for big Tokyo listings after some weak debuts this year. The IPO will help Recruit pay for future acquisitions as the company, one of the world’s top five staffing firms, seeks to become the world’s biggest by 2020. You may remember that Recruit purchased Indeed a few years back. Who’s next?
  • SpareHire lands some funding SpareHire, the New York City-based startup that puts finance and consulting professionals with firms who need their services on a short-term basis, has just landed $750,000 from undisclosed angel investors.  For the moment at least, companies can post their gig at no charge.
  • JobTarget sells career center hosting:  JobTarget announced that it has sold off its career center hosting and management business to YourMembership.com, Inc. The acquisition, the terms of which weren’t disclosed, is Riverside’s second add-on deal for YourMembership.com.
  • Remember BranchOut? They’re still here – for now:  BranchOut is in discussions with several acquirers in the recruiting space for its main team, product and data, though that may take a little time and the main product will run until then. It’s in late-stage talks with the Hearst Corporation to sell its mobile team that built enterprise chat app Talk.co. BranchOut‘s story is a brutal lesson about the risk of derailment when you build on someone else’s platform. After raising $49 million and growing to 33 million users, Facebook changed its viral channels leading BranchOut to starve. Pay heed, those who depend on LinkedIn!
  • Does Jobvite need more money? Well, they have some:  Jobvite announced that it raised another $25 million. CEO Dan Finnigan says the funding will be used not to diversify into other areas of human resources — as some of its competitors have done — but to double down on its approach to recruitment.
  • CampusJobs lands some cash: Campus Job, though revenue positive from day one, has raised $968k in seed investment led by Box Group, with participation from Lerer Ventures, Kal Vepuri, F Cubed, and Red Sea, among others. The site acts as a marketplace, connecting students in post-secondary school with companies and organizations that are looking to employ students in part-time or temporary positions, namely campus rep positions.
  • And another part-time college-focused serviceA tool that recently launched from the Techstars Accelerator program in New York is Lynxsy, which aims to connect recent college graduates with companies in part-time positions so that job-seekers and employers can try before they commit to applicants for a full-time position. So far, Lynxsy has 100 companies and 5,000 candidates on its platform. The New York-based service has partnered with 15 universities in the Northeast including schools like New York University, The University of Pennsylvania, Bentley College, Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, Georgetown University and more.
  • And another college-focused service (!) 10 Minutes With, a London-headquartered startup that offers a career matchmaking platform for graduates to help them learn about different career paths and be contacted by and network with companies and executives, has raised $4 million to accelerate growth worldwide — including a forthcoming U.S. push within the next few months. I predict another ‘college-focused service’ before my next roundup.
  • Monster exes move to…Jobrapido Rob Brouwer, a former Monster executive vice president for Latin America and Developing Markets, and Warren Hammond, a former country manager at Monsterboard, were appointed CEO and SVP Worldwide Sales respectively at job aggregator Jobrapido. Owned by a strategic private equity firm Symphony Technology Group, which acquired the portal earlier this year, Jobrapido is active in 58 countries including Italy, U.K., U.S., Germany and the Netherlands
  • Japan’s Next buys aggregator Trovit:  Japanese real estate information firm Next announced it had purchased 100 percent of Barcelona-based aggregator Trovit for €80 million ($100 million U.S.). Next, which was founded in 1997, is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and owns HOME’S, the leading real estate site in Japan, among other sites.

Don’t forget that there are 2 job board conferences coming up: the IAEWS Fall Congress (Oct.  27-28), and the JobG8 Job Board Summit Europe (Nov. 27-28). So till next month, adieu!

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