Amine Skalli recruited teams for 10 years, including four as a tech professional recruiter. In his last startup, he relied exclusively on outbound recruiting — in other words, proactively searching for and contacting potential candidates for open positions. But after trying a variety of applicant tracking systems (ATS), he found that they tended to lack key features like automation, workflows, filters and metrics.
“We ended up switching to HubSpot. It was better but still not good enough — the tool didn’t fit 100% of our HR needs,” Skalli told TechCrunch. “So I decided to create the HubSpot for recruiting.”
This “HubSpot for recruiting” idea blossomed into Crew, a Y Combinator-backed startup that’s raised $2.45 million in financing to date. Joined by Ruben Gueunoun, Skalli — who once built an e-commerce unit at a bicycle company — sought to build an ATS that gave recruiters a way to seek talent together as a team, at scale.
France-based Crew launched in 2020 out of the Belgium-headquartered startup studio eFounders before joining Y Combinator’s accelerator program. Rebel, Secret and Kima are among the seed-stage funds that contributed to the company’s initial tranche.
“Hiring is now a team effort and is no longer the sole responsibility of the recruiter. Companies require a collaborative and user-friendly tool to ensure its adoption by all stakeholders, including hiring managers, team members, advisors and investors,” Skalli said. “Crew is the first ATS built like a customer relationship management (CRM) system to address the growing needs of the recruiting industry.”
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By: Kyle Wiggers
Publication Date: 2023-02-14