Celential.ai Secures $9.5M in Series A Funding

Celential.ai, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AI-powered virtual recruiting service, secured $9.5M in Series A funding.

The round was led by GSR Ventures, with participation from Spider Capital, TSVC and select individual investors. As part of this funding, Amer Akhtar, former Yahoo! Small Business President and previous CEO of ADP China, joins Celential.ai as CEO after serving as an advisor.

The company intends to use the funds to expand its recruiting service capabilities, and operationalize the business at scale.

Founded by Andrew Dong and Ilias Beshimov, who have now stepped into the roles of President and Chief Technology Officer, and Vice President of Product respectively, Celential.ai provides a Virtual Recruiter service that uses precision matching and 360-degree mutual-fit assessment, simulating human experts, to match candidates to job openings from its graph of over three million software engineers in the U.S. and Canada. It then engages qualified candidates through AI-driven automated and personalized communication. The solution has already proven with numerous companies like Affinity, DiDi, Nylas, Paradigm and Twin Health.