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Almost 90 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees can’t find the tech hires needed to power innovation – this is how HackerRank solves this growing pain point

Tech in Asia

Indian technical recruitment site HackerRank announced on Tuesday that it received $7.5 million in strategic investment from Japanese company Recruit Holdings through its HR Technology Fund. The company raised $9.2 million from Khosla Ventures and Battery Ventures last year.

HackerRank, a Y Combinator graduate, is used by programmers to hone their coding skills and by companies to recruit tech talent. HR Technology Fund president Chihiro Ueda says HackerRank “offers an efficient way for HR professionals to evaluate talent beyond traditional means.”

Companies buy a recruiter license and use it to test candidates on the site. The license allows them to test 100 candidates. “We want to ensure that tech hiring is based on a meritocracy,” said Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and co-founder of HackerRank.

The three-year-old startup claims to have one million developers and 1,000 companies, including Adobe, Amazon, Walmart, Bloomberg, and JPMorgan Chase, recruiting from the site. The fresh funds will be used to increase user adoption.

The startup has also developed DroidRank for recruitment of Android developers, but with today’s funding it intends to expand image processing, system administration, security engineering, and big data recruitment.

According to a recent survey, 88 percent of organizations with more than 1,000 employees can’t find the tech hires needed to power innovation. Given this huge unmet potential, tech hiring is ripe for innovation.

In India, HackerRank competes with AngelPrime-backed HackerEarth. It is also up against UK-based Codelity which offers automated assessment tests and professional assessment services for recruiting software developers.

Editing by Rohan Malhotra and Malavika Velayanikal

This post was originally published on Tech in Asia

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