Since founding Checkr, we've been focused on providing fast, unbiased background checks, while championing a fairer future through fair chance hiring for the 70 million Americans with a criminal record. Now, four years laters, we're running one million background checks per month for more than 10,000 customers and have helped these companies hire millions of people.
Broadening customer reach into new industries
With this investment, we're accelerating our expansion into enterprise sectors, including staffing and retail, to help these high volume hiring industries compete in today's growing landscape of flexible workers, where speed to hire is critical.
We're excited to help companies like Adecco and Allstate and rideshare leader Lyft, modernize their screening practices for the new world of work, bringing speed, transparency and fairness to their hiring - and, ultimately, a better future for workers. These are just three recent examples of companies joining the ranks of thousands of others who rely on our background check platform to support their hiring needs.
Boosting our technology and our team
Today's funding will also allow us to expand our background check technology, furthering the roles of artificial intelligence and machine learning within our core platform to increase speed, data insights and accuracy for our customers.
To help us achieve these goals, we will nearly double our employee headcount in 2018. We'll be hiring across engineering and product to help expand our platform, sales and compliance to drive our enterprise growth, and many others. As part of our team growth, we are also striving to hit a five percent fair chance hiring goal at Checkr by the end of the year.
Even more to come
At the core of Checkr, we are deeply committed to building and supporting a better future for workers by allowing the overlooked to have a fair chance at employment and providing companies with the insights to find the best candidates for the job. With this funding, we'll be able to continue this mission and help shape the future of this new world of work.
While it's been an amazing four years, we're just getting started. We can't wait to share what's next.
Tips from PowerToFly's Strategic Global Enterprise D&I executive, Dionna Smith-Keels
If you are someone who works in Diversity and Inclusion or is passionate about seeing more diversity in your company, you may feel overwhelmed about where to start. When it comes to D&I, the best place to start is at the top. If you really want the work you do to have an impact, you need to get leadership at your company to buy-in to diversity efforts.
How She Overcame Self-Doubt & Became a Full-Time Software Engineer at Quip
Have you ever dreamed of pivoting into the world of software engineering? Claire Johnson, a self-proclaimed chemistry nerd who landed a chemical engineering job straight out of college, certainly hadn't… that is, until she took her first programming class online at Stanford. Now she's a full-time software engineer at Quip, Salesforce's productivity platform. "I never would've thought that I would do this when I graduated college," she explains, laughing.
For the boss you loved, the coworker you hated, and everyone in between
Two things are inevitable when someone leaves your team at work: there will be an abundance of sweet treats (I'm partial to those giant cookie cakes from the mall) and there will be a card passed around for everyone to scrawl the professional version of sweet nothings in. Depending on the "importance" of the person, you may get the bonus activities of farewell gifts and/or an all-team champagne toast.
If you are a New York based tech professional and you'd like to attend this event, please email your name and LinkedIn URL to email@example.com.
Whether you are a software engineer, fitness enthusiast or both, you won't want to miss PowerToFly's evening of product demos and networking with the women tech leaders and allies at Peloton.
Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."
This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!
The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.