Smarterer, Senexx, & Take the Interview: Some Talent Management News

Today’s West Coast announcement that Oracle is buying human resources management firm Taleo for $1.9 billion—yes, billion—puts some Boston-area talent and recruiting startups in a new light. Unfortunately, one of them is no longer in Boston…

Take the Interview, the video-based recruiting startup and former Dogpatch Labs Cambridge resident, has relocated to New York City (SoHo to be more exact). It’s not a big surprise, as the company was part of the DreamIt Ventures startup program in New York last summer. Take the Interview, led by CEO Danielle Weinblatt, raised a seed funding round last September.

—Boston-based Smarterer, a skills-test startup that’s trying to reinvent the resume, has hit a possible inflection point. According to co-founder Dave Balter, the company had 800,000 skills questions answered online over the past year, but recently that figure increased by 250,000 in just five days. Chalk it up to focusing on who wants to use the product and then who has to use the product (employers vs. job seekers). Smarterer is led by CEO Jennifer Fremont-Smith; the company raised a seed round last year.

Senexx, an expertise-management startup based in Cambridge, MA, and Israel, has collaborated with fellow Cambridge startup PowerInbox to build a Web application that runs in people’s e-mail systems and helps them find expertise and share knowledge within their company or organization. This is an interesting partnership between a couple of early-stage startups trying to do big things in social enterprise apps, using e-mail as the platform.

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