Many job seekers use LinkedIn to find work, but what online resources exist for the hourly-wage worker? Michael Ovitz's son Chris Ovitz has launched Workpop, a site designed just for the 76 million people in the United States who work for hourly wages and often don't have detailed resumes or work histories online.
Ovitz and co-founder Reed Shaffner maintain that dropping off resumes by foot wherever a 'We Are Hiring' sign is displayed is outdated and ineffective - and the VC world apparently agrees: Workpop closed a $7 million Series A funding round led by Trinity Ventures, following an initial seed round of $900,000 in April 2014 that included investments from SV Angel, Box Group, Obvious Ventures, Cornerstone OnDemand, Slow Ventures, Ironfire Capital, Plus Capital, Joe Lonsdale (a partner at Formation 8), Lee Linden (Facebook), Dennis Phelps (IVP), and Aaron Levie (chief executive of Box Inc).
Workpop is a free service benefitting both employees and employers in several ways. For workers, in addition to a much easier place to find potential work, they also receive anonymous feedback from employers who reject their applications, a response when a job they applied for has been filled, and advice on what successful applicants who got the jobs they wanted had that they didn’t, such as specific skills. In addition, a job applicant will see a photograph of the hiring manager and a response rate (similar to AirBnb).
For employers, the service matches jobs to a pool of strong applicants less likely to quit quickly, as well as tools for background checks.
Co-CEOs, both Ovitz and Shaffner are veterans to the online startup world. Ovitz is the co-founder of Viddy, a social video startup while Shaffner is a former Zynga executive. The founding team also includes CTO Benjamin Berman and Director of Product Henry Jay Yu.
For full converge, read the Wall Street Journal's Workpop Launches Free Hourly-Wage Job Board With $7 Million Series A and TechCrunch's With $7.9 Million In Funding, Workpop Launches As A Job Marketplace For Hourly Workers