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Solving today’s recruitment Challenges with Tomorrow’s Tech

What’s Next?

Created exclusively for Talent Acquisition leaders, Talent Tech NEXT delivers insightful market intelligence and carefully curated company demos. Never a sales pitch. You will discover—and interact directly with—cutting edge, fully-vetted technologies that are ready to implement directly into your recruiting stack. Additionally, you will learn about top trends and real use-case implementation strategies directly from industry practitioners who are actual agents of change and experts within the Talent Acquisition Technology Ecosystem.

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Immerse yourself in the digital transformation.
Fully leverage the innovative technologies changing and accelerating Talent Acquisition across the source to hire process.

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Elevate yourself as a forward-thinker.
Engage in presentations from industry leaders who will challenge you to rethink how you select and integrate your recruitment technologies—and help you empower your team for success.

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Join the Talent Acquisition Tech Community.


Scale-out your personal brand and exchange future-state insights with an executive network of passionate TA leaders from global enterprises. Past NEXT attendees have included executives from Amazon, Fidelity, Microsoft, E*Trade, Samsung, Nike, PwC, KPMG, Intuit, and many more.

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Keynote Speaker

Matt Hoffman

Matt Hoffman

VP, People, DigitalOcean 

Matt is responsible for leadership in the practice areas of people operations, talent acquisition, talent development, and employee experience at DigitalOcean, one of the fastest growing and most successful startups in NYC. In the 3 years Matt has been with DO, he has helped scale the company from 70 employees to over 410. DigitalOcean has received a number of external recognitions for its innovative People practices and was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in NYC by USA Today.

Increasing Hiring Power to Get Top Technical Talent

DigitalOcean (DO) is a high-growth, venture-backed company that serves a passionate technical community.  DO enables developers and engineers to easily deploy faster and scale more easily in the cloud.  Since DO’s founding, it has put enormous value on creating an high-performance employee culture that “inspires purpose and creativity” according to Vice President of People Matt Hoffman in this month’s Harvard Business Review. In this presentation, Matt will share how a “people-powered” culture extends to quickly finding and hiring world-class technical talent.

In this opening keynote, you will hear about:

  • Building a high-velocity Talent Acquisition function that is authentically connected to the broader HR mission
  • Creating a unique and compelling employer brand and candidate experience
  • Optimizing your talent acquisition function with the right technology stack to get better hires faster
  • Engaging the entire organization as partners in the sourcing and hiring process

Brian Delle Donne

Talent Tech Labs

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Brian has been a leading force in driving innovation through his career in operating roles in industry. After serving as Chief Operating Officer at both large public and privately held staffing and project engineering firms he has amassed a wealth of insight into effectively applying innovation. At Talent Tech Labs, Brian and the TTL team have been identifying and then assisting emerging companies with breakthrough ideas to gain commercialization and scale. Brian has guided Talent Tech Labs to being not only a unique accelerator but has elevated it to be the leading authority on emerging technology addressing Talent Acquisition.

Jonathan Kestenbaum

Managing Director
Talent Tech Labs

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Jonathan Kestenbaum is the Managing Director of Talent Tech Labs. He is a lawyer by education, and an entrepreneur and investor by trade. Jonathan is passionate about being on the cutting edge of innovation and capitalizing on industry trends. He currently spends his days managing TTL’s innovation lab and advising the recruitment technology companies of tomorrow. Jonathan can be found at HR technology conferences all over the country as a sought-after speaker and panelist sharing deep insights into the evolution of the Talent Acquisition Ecosystem.

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NEXT Startup Expo

Talent Tech Labs will showcase the 12 NEXT technology solutions—you can implement right now—to drive your TA function in managing the numerous and critical candidate touchpoints found throughout the source to hire process.

Powered by Talent Tech Labs’ NEXTmessage system, you will have a direct hand in validating these emerging technologies through an interactive “funding” round. TTL will track each attendee’s “investment” of NEXTbucks (TTL’s own faux-cryptocurrency) to determine the top startups in the round. Two winning startups to be selected to give deep-dive presentations at the close of the program.

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Schedule At A Glance

12:00 PM Registration & Lunch

12:20 PM Welcome & Introducing our NEXT Startups – TTL Executive Team

12:45 PM Keynote Presentation

2:00 PM Startup Expo & Funding Round Kickoff – Jonathan Kestenbaum

3:45 PM Exploring Talent Tech Labs – Brian Delle Donne

4:00 PM Winning Company Demos

4:50 PM Closing Notes – Brian Delle Donne

5:00 PM Networking Happy Hour

Venue Information


230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Offering exquisite views of the Manhattan skyline and first-class amenities, 230 Fifth is New York’s largest outdoor Rooftop Garden and Fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge. Talent Text NEXT takes place in 230 Fifth’s luxurious Empire Room.