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Recruiting & Hiring

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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.