Since launch a few months ago, mobile job-hunting application Jobr has seen some early success with users. Which means it’s time to write the obligatory post about how it raised such and such funding from such and such investors.
Jobr is a mobile app that hopes to use the Tinder model for swiping right or left to help connect people looking for work with job opportunities, while also helping recruiters to identify talent. By using a two-sided opt-in model, it can filter out jobs that aren’t right for an applicant and applicants that aren’t right for a job.
Launched in May, Jobr has already managed to get users engaged and recruiters signed up. There are more than 1,000 recruiters on the app already and users have made more than 3 million swipes since launch. That increase in data also means that the app can be smarter about which jobs applicants see and which applicants are shown to which recruiters.
With that early traction, Jobr has raised a bit of seed funding. The startup, which now has a total of five full-time employees, just added $2 million in seed funding from a wide range of investors that include Lerer Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Eniac Ventures, Lowercase Capital, The Hive, Tekton Ventures, Structure Capital, Tim Draper, and Fabrice Grinda, among others.
Ellen Levy, who has taken advisory roles at companies like LinkedIn, RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), and Newsle (acquired by LinkedIn), is also an investor and adviser to the company. (Not that it’s angling to be acquired by LinkedIn or anything.)
The young startup has also brought on board a new face to lead it. TJ Nahigian, who had been on the investment team at hedge fund Coatue Management, is joining the company as its new CEO. While he’s spent the last five years mostly with different investment firms, Nahigian said he had an itch to join the operational side of things at a startup.
He’ll get his chance, for sure, as Jobr tries to get more recruiters and more job seekers on board with the new funding.