AngelList launches talent recruiting portal

The service, already a leader in helping startups raise angel funding, is now helping connect job candidates with the startups that might hire them.

The new AngelList talent portal. Screenshot by CNET

Are you a tech startup desperate to hire the best talent around and looking for a central repository of skilled engineers? Or a kick-butt coder trying to get in on the ground floor of a hot new venture? AngelList may have just the place to go.

This evening, AngelList, a service whose alumni companies have raised more than $1.1 billion in funding, launched a new talent portal, a one-stop shop where startups can search for qualified tech talent, and where skilled engineers and others can seek out the best new companies.

"We noticed that people were using AngelList profiles to vet people and companies as well," AngelList founder Naval Ravikant told CNET, "so we just launched [the portal] tonight."

The new site features one entry point for startups looking for talent, and a second for talent looking for new jobs.

In advance of the formal launch of the portal, AngelList has been making about 600 introductions a week, Ravikant said. All told, that equals "approximately 1,800 curated candidates, mostly developers and designers, plus some who are hunting privately (they are visible only to the companies that they select)," Ravikant said, "and 2,000 postings from startups including Quora, Kickstarter, Path, Klout, and Khan Academy, plus some stealthy startups recruiting privately."

Ravikant also indicated that one of the chief goals of the new project is to cut recruiters out of the hiring process and make connections directly between startups -- who must be transparent about some of the key benefits of job openings -- and the talent. "We force the startups to reveal the salary and equity they're offering."

Clearly, tools that can help young ventures find quality developers and designers are key to the growing AngelList community. At a hackathon at the company's San Francisco headquarters in May, the winning ideas were just such tools.

 

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