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Recruiting & Hiring

  • Aug 12, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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In August we will focus on recruiting and hiring. ?We'll have some lightning talk speakers, followed by a panel.

Speakers (bios below):


1. Lightning Talks (speaker bios are below)

A. Jovena Whatmoor of Skillfer - Branding your company for recruiting.

B. Peter Soderling of g33ktalk - Recruiting Hacks

C. Daniel Chait of Greenhouse - Interviewing

D.?Davin Chew, CTO, SumAll - Inbound Recruiting (how to reach out effectively)

E. Stephen Robinson, Ph.D. - Elm Talent Group - Working with recruiters


2. Panel Discussion

A chance to ask more questions from our speakers.


3. After-hour hangout.

After the meetup, as always, we'll go to a nearby bar and continue the conversation. Please join us! -Corkbuzz Wine Studio,?13 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003?


Detailed Speaker Bios


Jovena Whatmoor of?Skillfer

Jovena Whatmoor is the founder of Skillfer,?a boutique recruitment firm that provides full process recruitment services. She helps companies build out strategy for employment branding, design and manage the interview process and source top engineers. She hosts regular tech talks with startups, organizes several event series and is particularly active in the women in tech community in NY. Before founding Skillfer,?Jovena managed the hiring process for Quirky and built the HR practice for Atlas Accelerator.


Pete Soderling - Founder of g33ktalk, engineer & business hacker

Pete Soderling is the founder of g33ktalk, an international community of startup software engineers.

He is a self-taught engineer who has developed online platforms & applications since the early days of the internet. Since 2004, Pete has been a serial tech entrepreneur (NYC and the Bay Area) and has recruited his own engineering teams for his past three ventures. For the past 5 years, Pete has worked as a engineering ambassador helping companies such as Amazon, Tumblr, IHeartRadio, TaskRabbit, NBC Universal and many others build their technical teams and attract top engineering talent. He is a published author and is a regular conference speaker (O'Reilly Strata, RSA Conference, Silicon Valley Code Camp and others).


Daniel Chait

Daniel is co-founder of?Greenhouse - recruiting software that automates and simplifies the best practices for recruiting top talent. ??Previously, Daniel founded Lab49, a global firm providing strategy, design and technology consulting, building advanced solutions for the world's leading investment banks, hedge funds and exchanges. With offices in New York, London and Dublin, Lab49 counts most of the world's largest banks as clients and is an industry leader in capital markets technology.

Daniel teaches a class called "How to Make Hiring a Strength of your Company", currently offered through?General Assembly and the?New York Angels education series (Daniel is an active member of New York Angels).

Daniel graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Engineering.

Davin Chew, CTO, SumAll

Serial entrepreneur who founded, built and led engineering teams most recently at SumAll and Squarespace. A technologist inspired by tough challenges, interesting products and the chance to change the world.

Stephen Robinson, Ph.D. - Elm Talent Group

Steve is a developer, tech entrepreneur and recruiter. His broad background as a programmer ranges from embedded control systems for mobile robots, a client-server research management application, to authoring and selling a patented technology for managing a wireless network community. For over ten years, he has focused on web application development and has recruited over thirty developers for his and client projects. Based off that experience, he also founded a tech recruitment firm Elm Talent Elm Talent Group that works with leading companies in the finance and tech space in New York, London and the Middle East. In 2013, he took over RubyNow a ruby jobs board to improve the process of connecting developers and companies, and is consulting with clients to help them better understand how to attract the tech talent they seek.

A native of England, he holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Durham University (U.K.) and spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow at Yale University. His interest in cognitive neuroscience continues and he maintains a research associate position with the Electrical Engineering department at Yale University.

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  • ben d.

    Loved the content and the format. Will the video be made available?

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for putting this together. A good amount of clarity and actionable specifics.

    August 13, 2013

  • Jared N.

    Great night, picked up some good suggestions. Thanks to the organizers and the speakers.

    August 13, 2013

  • Aaron G.

    Great talks and panel! Would love links to slides if any of the presenters feel so inclined to share them.

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Nisha

    Great speakers... Nice venue. Thanks to the organizers.

    Our company provides agile developers for outsourced product engineering in Open source - Ruby, Grails, Scala, LAMP, Java stack and mobile- Android and iOS. Experienced XP practitioners from India at reduced price. Drop me a mail if any of you are interested in hiring. Thanks,

    August 12, 2013

  • Jason L.

    Terrific speakers and a great panel session. I learned a lot.

    August 12, 2013

  • Sasha

    we are have some issues with a new release of production so cant make it :(

    August 12, 2013

  • Eli L.

    Also having to bail last-minute. I look forward to the next event.

    August 12, 2013

  • John Peter S.

    Fooey Can't make it.

    August 12, 2013

  • Daniel E.

    Can't make it.

    August 12, 2013

  • Ed C.

    Frack frack frack.
    Really wish I could make one of these one day.

    August 12, 2013

  • Kishore B.

    Out of the city... will miss this interesting one!

    August 12, 2013

  • Justin S.

    Will this meetup be recorded for future viewing?

    August 9, 2013

  • Shariar K.

    Definitely interesting. Google is stopping their gumball/elevator questions as useless, most people usually hire because of cultural fit. What's the fine line between the two?

    July 24, 2013

    • Michael B.

      I think only niche interviewers were asking gumball/elevator questions there. I was interviewed 24 times total (I got the job) and all of them were programming questions. Likewise, when it was my turn to interview prospective hires there, I asked primarily coding and data structures questions in turn.

      August 2, 2013

  • Roy S.

    Anybody know a good Android developer?

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    July 30, 2013

  • Carter S.

    hehe, i have OPINIONS on this topic :)

    July 25, 2013

  • Adam C.

    I'd love to hear how modern community oriented sites fit in. At my last company, we looked at developer's github activity as one indication or talent / passion. It was interesting to bring it in the vetting process since you can get a lot of info before you even speak directly to candidates.

    July 24, 2013

  • Kishore B.

    This would be interesting

    July 24, 2013

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