Here’s What You Missed at Talent Tech NEXT Fall 2018

Did you miss Talent Tech NEXT? Held on September 27th, Talent Tech Labs (TTL) hosted Talent Tech NEXT 2018, this invite-only event is designed to bring the latest in recruiting tech and startups together. This event took place in Mountain View, CA for the second year in a row at the Computer History Museum. Talent Tech NEXT showcased 10 NEXT technology solutions from their ecosystem in a hands-on demo expo. With a guest list including heads of corporate talent acquisition, startup founders and other HR and Staffing leaders, TTL NEXT was a success!

Keynote Presentation

This year’s Keynote speaker featured Neil Frye, Global Head of Recruitment, Operations and Technology at Dropbox. Neil drives Dropbox’s Talent Acquisition teams in expanding and executing stunning people processes for a growing high-tech firm. Currently, he leads the delivery of Recruitment, Onboarding, HR data admin, Global Mobility, Contingent Workforce and People Analytics across 10 countries. Previously, Neil spent more than two years leading teams of business analysts, program managers and supporting engineers who developed world-class Compensation, Payroll, Benefits and Sales Incentive Technology at Google.

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Other speakers included Brian Delle Donne, President of Talent Tech Labs and Jonathan Kestenbaum, Managing Director of Talent Tech Labs.

Panelists at NEXT

Our team would like to thank our incredible list of panelists who joined Talent Tech NEXT this past September to partake in our full day event and expo. Check out our panelist lineup full of experts in the recruiting industry:

Suzanne Rumsey | Head of Global Talent Management | TiVo Corporation

Suzanne is the member of TiVo’s HR leadership team responsible for most aspects of TiVo’s Employee Experience, including talent lifecycle processes, executive, leadership and employee development, organization development, change enablement, and diversity, inclusion and belonging strategies and programs.

Shawn Phillips | Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition | Ancestry

Shawn is an experienced leader in the design, implementation, and management of recruiting and operations teams in a variety of industries.

Tom Brouchoud | Director of Global Talent Acquisition/Consumer | Symantec

Tom approaches TA from a strategic, yet pragmatic perspective. He believes the fanciest strategies will only get you so far, especially if your foundation is faulty.


NEXTmessage is a startup funding and engagement app that is used at the Talent Tech NEXT events. Attendees can use this unique app to spend their $10,000 in NEXTbucks –  a “cryptocurrency” that is used to fund the companies in a friendly competition.

Participants are encouraged to play the role of an investor or “buyer” and “fund” specific companies, amongst the 10 emerging tech’s that are showcased and demonstrated at the NEXT expo. “Buyers” would invest in the different techs that they would want to include in their own Talent Acquisition strategy. Check out the stats from our Startup expo round:

  • Total amount invested: $544,000
  • Large companies invested: $102,000
  • Medium companies invested: $166,200
  • Small companies invested: $275,800

NEXT StartUp Exposition

Talent Tech NEXT brought the latest in recruiting technology, with 10 hand-selected and vetted companies showcasing their technology in an interactive expo. Representatives from each company provide a full demo to attendees who acted as potential “buyers.” Funded by Talent Tech Labs’ NEXTmessage system, attendees will have a direct hand in validating these emerging technologies through an interactive “funding” round.

TTL tracks the top “funded” technologies based off of the NEXTmessage system and selects two winning startups to give a full presentation at the close of the program. Meet our NEXT  winner and runner-up startups of the expo funding round:

Winner: – Presented by Garret Marker, VP of Sales

A talent intelligence platform for enterprises that leverages AI to hire, engage and nurture talent.


FairygodbossPresented by Alison Vorsatz, West Coast Sales Director

Fairygodboss is a marketplace that offers and helps millions of women get the inside scoop on jobs, salaries, company culture and more.

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Meet the rest of the emerging startups!

CareerSpark, is a revolutionary predictive analytics platform that uses both science and data to successfully match people with the jobs that they will thrive in and helps business leaders to build high performing, productive teams.

XOR, an Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, automating and recruiting chatbot. XOR is an enterprise-now SaaS platform that will streamline the most challenging and time-consuming processes in recruiting.

StartMonday, a recruiting platform specifically designed to attract mobile generation candidates to hospitality and retail careers.

Goodtime, a talent operations platform for interview scheduling and interviewer training.

Wepow, connecting recruiters, job candidates and employers through easy-to-use mobile and video interviewing solutions.

Checkster, a web-based talent decision tool for recruiters, human resources and managers. Their 360 Checkup provides new hire quality validation, 360 assessment and developmental feedback to current employees.

TalVista, provides data-driven hiring with a view beyond the noise of unconscious bias, ensuring a more diverse and inclusive talent pool and workforce for your company to choose from.

Vervoe, an intelligent hiring platform that uncovers hidden talent through real-world tests, tasks and tools designed by leading industry experts.

So, what is NEXT?

Curious what this event all entails? Talent Tech NEXT is a high-value event that aims to help startups advance their business as well as introduce the latest in Talent Acquisition technology by showcasing the most innovative tech startups to TTL’s rich network of investors, buyers and top influencers. This exclusive event is held twice a year, giving the opportunity for startups in the TTL ecosystem to promote their emerging tech.

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