Almost two years ago, we started Hired to help the most innovative companies find the best technical talent so that they can tackle the world’s most important problems together. What started in San Francisco has grown farther and faster than we could have imagined. Today, we are publicly expanding to Southern California where companies are pushing the boundaries across the social, mobile, fashion, healthcare, education, cryptocurrency and entertainment industries among others.
After raising a $15MM Series A round of financing, and opening a New York office earlier this year, we headed to LA to test out the market. We knew the demand for tech talent was high. With over 3,385 tech vacancies, 1,507 companies hiring for tech positions, and more than a billion dollars raised in funding in 2013, Los Angeles has become one of the most viable tech capitals in the world. LA also has a tremendous amount of talent, as it produces 2900 engineers from the university system per year, more than any other region in the United States. But, numbers couldn’t prepare us for the type of growth we would experience in our short trial.
In just 90 days, our LA market quickly outpaced our previous new market launches, boasting 50% faster growth and accounting for over 10% of our overall business. In as few as three short months, we helped landmark companies such as Whisper, Demand Media, Thinknear, StackSocial, Tradesy and Spokeo find and hire tech talent for their organizations. Local startup, Gem, even found and hired an engineer in just 7 days!
We also found that LA companies are in dire need for tech talent focused on quickly evolving technologies like Ruby, iOS and Android. See the chart below for the top 10 tech jobs in demand by LA employers.
On the talent side, we’ve featured over 400 top-notch LA-based developers, UX/UI designers and product managers in the past 3 months. All of them made it through our rigorous approval process which accepts only the top 5% of the 12,000+ monthly applications that we receive.
We’re off to an amazing start in Southern California and we can’t wait to work with the great companies and candidates in the area. If you’re a growing company in Southern California and are in need of top engineers, product managers, designers or data scientists, submit your application today at http://hired.com/employers. Or If you know top-notch tech talent in Southern California, feel free to refer them and we’ll return the favor with a $5,000 check until October 15th. Learn more here — http://bit.ly/hiredLA.