As per Mr. Watson; Unrabble is the only hiring software solution that completely eliminates the resume from the hiring process.
Using Unrabble, job candidates create an interactive profile that details their entire career history rather than emailing or uploading a resume. This gives the candidate the opportunity to do things a traditional resume cannot do, such as connecting to their social media profiles, integrating video, explaining job transitions, ranking their skills and bragging about their accomplishments.
Website link: http://www.unrabble.com
Unrabble is a cloud-computing hiring software solution that helps hiring managers make their next great hire. It’s an entirely new, and better, approach to the hiring process. It saves time and money by better qualifying candidates, automating core hiring tasks, automatically ranking top candidates based on skills and verifying claims made through social networks, thus saving hiring managers from candidates who stretch the truth.
Unrabble makes it easy to create a new job posting, instantly broadcast the job to your social networks, publish it to job boards of your choice, and then quickly identify the most highly qualified candidates as they apply from multiple sources. Unrabble removes the need to invest in expensive HR software and significantly reduces reliance on HR staff and professional recruiters. Unrabble is the first solution of its kind to put hiring in the hands of the decision maker and unchain hiring from back office, administrative and expensive third-party services.
Another time-consuming part of the hiring process is communicating with candidates and including co-workers in the process. With Unrabble, you can communicate with candidates using built-in messaging functionality that eliminates the need to make redundant phone calls or disclose your email and phone number. Colleagues can easily view, comment on and rate candidates so that hiring managers can see a quick consensus.
Below is the full interview that we have conducted with Mr. Watson regarding his start-up “Unrabble.com”;
1. What is it exactly that you do and what “Unrabble” is all about?
Unrabble is a pure cloud-computing solution that simplifies and redefines the process of hiring new employees. Unrabble was created for a new class of end user who must make hiring decisions, but doesn’t have the time or resources to do it quickly, effectively and inexpensively. Unrabble is not regimented HR enterprise software, a job board, or a legacy style applicant tracking system for processing resumes. Unrabble is an innovative new approach to hiring.
2. What stage is “Unrabble” at?
We launched Unrabble software solution in September 2011. The software is live and available for businesses to sign up for free (for up to one open position) at www.unrabble.com
3. What is “Unrabble” business model and how does it work?
Startups and other businesses can sign up for the Basic Version of Unrabble at $29 per month. The Pro Version is priced at $49 per month. Businesses are conveniently charged on a month-to-month basis and no contract is required.
4. How did your team meet? And who in your team does what?
I’ll answer your second question first. My colleague and co-founder Chris Rickborn is the COO of Unrabble. Alongside him is Unrabble’s CTO and co-founder Marc Slack. Both Chris and Marc play key roles in advancing the technology and communicating with customers. As CEO and the other co-founder of Unrabble, I’m in charge of the total management of the startup, as well as advising the investors and being responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations.
Prior to Unrabble, I was the Chairman and CEO of Verid, where Chris, Marc and I worked together since 2004. Verid was one of the largest providers of identity verification software to the financial services industry, and was acquired by EMC.
5. What, exactly, makes you different from existing options, what will make your product and/or service stand out in the marketplace? In other words, what’s unique about you and what’s new about what you make?
Unrabble is the first solution of its kind to put hiring in the hands of the decision maker and unchain hiring from back office, administrative and expensive third-party services. Our web-based software reinvents the hiring process by not relying on a resume, instead leveraging candidate’s on-line profiles to tell their story in a way a resume never could.
Unrabble makes it easy to create a new job posting, instantly broadcast the job to your social networks, publish it to job boards of your choice, and then quickly identify the most highly qualified candidates as they apply from multiple sources. Unlike legacy applicant tracking software that simply processes and stores resumes, Unrabble’s cloud-computing software provides powerful tools that make it easy to find your best candidates and then learn more about those candidates. Unrabble removes the need to invest in expensive HR software and significantly reduces reliance on HR staff and professional recruiters.
6. What is your growth like? And what milestones has “Unrabble” achieved so far?
Unrabble has experienced significant growth since we launched in September. Since then, we’ve been named Best HR Software by Start2Cloud website, ranked as the number one tool for HR professionals by DailyTekk, been featured in TechCrunch and Mashable, received a 9.5 out of 10 rating in a product review by GetApp, and have seen ever increasing usage of our software by customers from throughout the United States.
7. Who are your competitors?
Unrabble’s competition are legacy resume tracking and screening systems.
8. What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
We spent close to two years in the research and development phase going through multiple product iterations before we launched Unrabble in September 2011. We spent a considerable amount of that time doing private beta testing to get user input. The core functionality of the software is essentially the same, but we have made some major enhancements based on feedback from our customers.
The biggest challenge has been creating the right user experience. Our goal was to create a product that would make your life easier when you have to hire a new employee. Building software to automate tasks is easy – there’s plenty of that out there already. The problem is that much of what has been done is just automation of an outdated process which doesn’t make anything easier. You’re not actually saving time; you’re just using software instead of paper – so, what’s the purpose?
We needed to create a user experience that was so simple, it eliminated the learning curve but intelligent enough that it actually created a ton of value. To do this we had to rethink hiring. We didn’t map out the hiring process and say, “how can we automate this?” We looked at it and said, “If software technology had been around decades ago when the modern day hiring process took hold, how would we have done it?” A good example of this is that we concluded that the resume was a big problem. Every other hiring platform on the market starts and ends with the resume. We threw it out.
9. What are the key things about your field that outsiders don’t understand?
One of the biggest obstacles we face is how some organizations are afraid to let go of the paper resume. We believe that the resume is dying, and that on-line profiles are going to becoming more prevalent when job seekers apply for jobs.
Some prospects we speak with are reluctant to change. Our response is that Unrabble is so easy to use, and free, that it’s easy to run a test. Many of our customers have taken the plunge and have told us that they’re getting fewer candidates applying, but that the quality is far better.
10. Why are you going to succeed?
Unrabble is the only hiring software solution that completely eliminates the resume from the hiring process. Having a unique differentiator helps pave the way for our success, but another important ingredient is our management team. Unrabble’s three co-founders are professionals with a proven track record of launching and growing successful startups.
11. If “Unrabble” succeeds, what additional areas might you be able to expand into?
We initially launched target small to mid-sized businesses. As we have already seen demand from larger businesses, as well as professional recruiters, we are beginning to explore how Unrabble would fit in those environments.
12. Why did you choose this idea and concept to build “Unrabble” based on?
After my two colleagues (and co-founders) and I sold our last technology company to EMC, the three of us started thinking about the “next thing”. We all agreed that our next venture would be to build a product that would “make life easier.” We spent a lot of time reflecting on our last venture and entire careers, thinking about what worked, what failed, what we liked and what we hated about running a business.
It was during this time that we first started discussing our experiences with hiring new employees. We recognized the pain points and inefficiencies inherent in the hiring process, and then began strategizing ways that would dramatically improve it. Thus, the concept for Unrabble was born.
We spent the past two years working on building a robust, free and easy-to-use software product that would help busy managers save time and money.
13. What have you learned so far from launching your idea?
Since launching Unrabble, we’ve learned two important lessons. One, it takes time to change user behavior. And two, the hiring process is broken no matter how small or large the company is. There are so many businesses in need of solutions like Unrabble to revolutionize the way that companies hire.
14. Six months from now, what’s going to be your biggest problem?
Slowly, but surely, user behavior is changing. But it’s still going to be a constant that we’ll face, whether it’s today or six months from now. Resumes have been so ingrained into the psyche of businesses that it’s hard for some of them to think outside the box, and look for a better way. When they do, they’ll find Unrabble.
15. What’s the benefit for the user?
Everyone from startups and small to medium sized businesses can benefit from using Unrabble. For example, one of our customers who recently used Unrabble estimated that his company reduced the hiring process by more than 20 hours and saved 20-30% off their typical hiring costs. Since starting to use Unrabble, he hasn’t looked at a resume and doesn’t want to see one again. Hearing that from a customer speaks volumes in terms of the time and cost savings companies can see by using Unrabble.
The bottom line benefit for busy managers is saving time and money by streamlining the hiring process.
16. How did customers and/or users find out about you?
At Unrabble, we’re actively promoting our hiring software solution via advertising, social media and search engine optimization, so most of our customers learn about us via the Internet, or by word of mouth from other satisfied customers.
17. Who are your current users? Who are your target users?
Some of our clients include Volition Capital, Esker, Consult A Doctor and InTrust Group.
Our target demographics are busy managers at small to medium sized companies who are looking to save time and money by finding a better way to hire.
18. Where do new users come from and what makes new users try you?
We’ve seen considerable traction from businesses in the United States who are using Unrabble to streamline the hiring process, and who need to find great hires more quickly.
19. What do your users say about your product and/or service?
The feedback we’ve received from Unrabble users has been very positive — everything from how easy it is to sign up and immediately begin using the software to how much of an impact it’s had at businesses. For example, we’ve heard from several customers who now insist on only using Unrabble to hire, and don’t want to see another resume ever again. Another one of our customers estimated that it saved his company 20-30% of hiring costs by using Unrabble.
20. How are you going to scale?
Since Unrabble’s current target market is SMBs, which represents over half the workforce according to U.S. Government statistics, the opportunities for Unrabble to grow our customer base is immense. Even in today’s poor economy, SMBs create over 2.2 million open positions every month.
The software is robust enough to handle more SMBs signing up, so we’ll continue doing what has been successful for us, and will continue to grow our customer base.
21. What’s the biggest missing feature? The one-thing customers keep asking for?
It’s interesting because the software was created specifically for small to medium sized companies, but we’ve received a lot of interest from the enterprise-level as well as recruiting companies who both want the software to scale for larger organizations.
Currently, the Unrabble software allows businesses to have up to 10 job postings at a time.
22. Are you going to internationalize?
We recognize that the hiring process is broken, so no matter where you live in the world, the pain points are universal. We want to grow our business in the United States first, but expanding our marketing efforts overseas is something that we’re considering.
23. How big do you think you can get?
Unrabble’s hiring software is so easy to use and affordable that it has the potential to become a core part of cloud-computing toolkits for SMBs, alongside Dropbox, Google Apps and RingCentral.
24. Are you looking to hire a new workforce? And if yes, what job vacancies do you currently offer and where can potential applicants contact you at?
We’re not currently hiring new positions, but as we grow, opportunities to expand our team may open up.
25. Are you looking for partnership opportunities or funding from Venture Capitals (VC) or other funding sources? Or your business is self-sustainable? And if the first option applies where can potential partners / investors contact you at?
At Unrabble, we’re continuing to grow. We’re always open to hearing from interested and motivated investors.
Interested investors may contact Unrabble via the website at www.unrabble.com/contact-us
26. Finally, what advice do you have for fresh entrepreneurs?
If you’re starting a business, you’re probably following your passion. Always make sure you’re having fun. That’s usually a good sign that you’re on the right track.