TextRecruit, a San Jose, CA-based intelligent text messaging provider for employers, raised $3m in series A financing.
The round was led by SignalFire with participation from Ben Davenport, Founder and former CEO of Beluga (which later became Facebook Messenger); Julia Popowitz, former Deputy General Counsel at Facebook; Sarah Imbach, former CRO at LinkedIn; and Steven Baker, former Distinguished Google Engineer & Tom Friel, former CEO of Heidrick & Struggles.
The company intends to use the funds to further enhance its suite of intelligent messaging solutions and expand into global markets.
Led by Erik Kostelnik, Co-Founder and CEO, TextRecruit provides text messaging software for employers to centralize, personalize and automate communication. Since patenting the platform, the company also launched TextApply and TextHR to attract talent via SMS short codes and to engage distributed employees about payroll, benefits and onboarding. Additionally, TextRecruit has developed text message automation to assist in managing candidate conversations and auto-unsubscribe to help recruiters stay compliant with CAN-SPAM laws.
The company’s solutions are currently used by over 200 companies including VMware, Kindred Healthcare, Sodexo, Waste Management and the U.S. Marine Corps.
TextRecruit has also formed integrated strategic partnerships that allow messaging directly from top applicant tracking systems such as ADP, iCIMS, Greenhouse, Jobvite, Lever, Avature, Telemetry and SmartRecruiters; job boards such as Beyond.com and Careerbuilder; and HCM’s such as Workday, Oracle’s Taleo and SAP SuccessFactors.