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Announcing Entelo: Bringing Talent to Light

February 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM Jon Bischke

"Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light." -Baltasar Gracian

If there's one thing we're passionate about here at Entelo, it's doing whatever we can to support growing companies. Fast-growth firms are the engines that power our economy. After talking to hundreds of people who are running these companies about how difficult it was to hire people, especially for certain types of positions, we decided we'd do our part to help fix this problem.

Today we're announcing Entelo (still in private beta - you can request an invitation here). We believe that the primary barrier to growth in most companies is the difficulty in finding top-tier talent. Our mission is to address that challenge and we are building powerful tools to help companies of all sizes form the teams they need to build the innovative products and services that make our world a better place.

The world is changing pretty quickly and there's becoming an increasing divide between those who have in-demand skills (e.g., engineers, designers, marketers, etc.) in our society and those who don't. And that's creating an economic future that's at best, quite uncertain and at worst, downright scary. In the face of this, there's a counter-balancing force and that's that it's never been easier to learn those same in-demand skills. We're excited about online platforms like Codecademy, Khan Academy and Udemy (plus lots of other companies that don't end in -demy!). Learning is becoming democratized and this is sure to benefit society in a big way.

There's another force that we think could be equally powerful and that's the ability for people to demonstrate their expertise in public. Five years ago your online professional presence meant perhaps your resume and, if you were an early adopter, maybe a LinkedIn profile. Today, it's much, much more. The incredible growth of Github, Dribbble, Stack Overflow, Quora and so many more sites means that your professional presence online has become increasingly robust.

This explosion in the amount of data about your professional self that the Web contains means that not only has learning become democratized but credentialing is starting to become democratized as well. Indeed, it's the rise of the reputation graph, and a tremendous opportunity to re-think how society operates. Instead of getting your next job because you happened to have gone to the right school, it's entirely possible that you might get your next job because of Twitter or Hacker News (or in the case of this guy, because of both!)

We'd love to involve you in what we're building. If you're an entrepreneur, engineer, hiring manager or recruiter who is looking for top-tier talent for your team, let us know so we can set you up on Entelo. And if you are top-tier talent, let us know if you'd be interested in joining the growing team here.

Thanks to all of you who've supported us so far and we'll be discussing more about what we're building on this blog soon. Please take a minute to subscribe to our blog feed and follow us on Twitter for more updates. We're looking forward to sharing more soon!

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