Small businesses love free stuff, so Gusto is giving them free HR Basics

Gusto, formerly ZenPayroll, is the rare startup unicorn that has stayed relatively mum on its product and growth — it’s last press release, for instance, was more than a year ago. The company’s core offering remains payroll for small businesses, and it has been working to expand its customer base across the nation, including have […]

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Startup that sells your salary data to VCs gets bought by Solium

 Investors don’t want their portfolio companies to pay you too much, or too little. So they pay Advanced-HR for its compensation data pulled from 2,500 startups. With a generic name, the service has flown somewhat under the radar since launching 20 years ago.
As startups grow more professional while staying private longer, they’re getting serious about how they structure equity… Read More

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Uncommon.co launches and raises $18m to bring objectivity and efficiency to hiring

 Traditional models of recruiting are a mess. At companies like Google, quite literally millions of people apply for open roles, forcing hundreds of recruiters to sift through thousands of resumes per job opening. Worse, in their race to process through those applicants, recruiters often use fuzzy and subjective impressions of a candidate to match them to a role, rather than clear and… Read More

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HR has lost the trust of employees. Here is who has it now

 Human resources has to be one of the greatest bait-and-switch professions one can join today. HR departments position themselves with a forward-facing fluffy image, whether improving the productivity of workers through training and development programs or perhaps righting the yawning inequality gap in America by encouraging diverse hiring standards. Unsurprisingly, the field often attracts… Read More

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Scaling a bootstrapped business is next frontier of entrepreneurship for Evan Frank

 Evan Frank was five years old when he first knew he was going to be an entrepreneur. While attending kindergarten, Frank crafted books and sold them to his teacher at a nickel to a dime a piece. “There was always this desire to build stuff,” he explained to me, and also clearly a desire to make some money on those projects, to boot. Read More

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Hate your boss? B12 is designing work without (human) managers

 Online labor marketplaces have been around since the dawn of the internet. Post a task, select a worker, verify the work, and submit a payment. There are dozens of companies that broker labor services, and the rise of these marketplaces has been a large factor in encouraging as many as a third of American workers to become freelancers. While finding individual workers for simple tasks is… Read More

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Coinbase hires a new VP of Operations to lead its customer service effort

 Coinbase just announced they’re hiring Tina Bhatnagar as VP of Operations and Technology to lead all operational teams at Coinbase and GDAX.
But perhaps most relevant right now is the fact that her responsibilities will include overseeing the fast growing startup’s customer service division.
It’s no secret that Coinbase is in need of some help with it comes to support and… Read More

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Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement

 Snap Inc. has laid off at least two dozen people across several divisions within the company, according to the Information, which first reported the news.
Snap has since confirmed these layoffs, which largely affect those on the content teams in the New York and London offices. Over a dozen of the 24 or so employees laid off today were part of the content team.
Snap tells TechCrunch that… Read More

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Hiring has gone Hollywood

 The top of the hiring funnel has gotten very crowded. We’ve always had recruiters or headhunters for top executives. They’re also commonly used in many industries for lower-skill positions, i.e. staffing. What’s changed is that staffing or fee-for-placement intermediaries are emerging for a range of professional positions. Read More

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A look at 42 women in tech who crushed it in 2017

 What a challenging, exhilarating year it has been for women everywhere, starting from the women’s March on Washington to former Uber engineer Susan Fowler’s eye-opening and now famous blog post to the #metoo movement that has swept the country, washing dozens of sexual predators out of their powerful roles in the process. All the while, women in tech have been driving their… Read More

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