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Recruiting technology startup TrueAbility™ today announced a seed stage funding round of $750,000 led by Rackspace co-founder Pat Condon and Graham Weston, co-founder and Chairman of Rackspace (NYSE: RAX). The San Antonio-based company’s flagship product AbilityScreen™, is a cloud-based technical assessment service used by companies to evaluate technical job candidates.
AbilityScreen allows hiring managers and recruiters to measure a technical candidate's ability within the technologies, platforms, vendor certifications and industry standards that their company uses today, or plans to use. AbilityScreen tests candidate’s ability to solve real issues in a live server environment, in contrast to traditional phone screen questioning, written testing and in-house break-fixes.
An AbilityScreen puts a technical candidate in their natural environment, the environment they would be in at the job, to demonstrate what their current level of expertise is—from anywhere in the world. AbilityScreen can evaluate the candidate’s ability to think critically and leverage resources, and how well he or she will adapt to learning new things on the fly.
"The demand for qualified technical expertise in the enterprise has changed, but the way we screen and hire these candidates has not," said Graham Weston, lead investor and Chairman of Rackspace. "TrueAbility can evolve this space much to the benefit of companies everywhere."
Companies and Organizations Worldwide Spend Billions of Dollars A Year Struggling To Find Qualified Technical Talent
"We've built TrueAbility based on the team's collective experience of 30 years in learning how to best recruit technical talent," stated Luke Owen, CEO. "The technical recruiting process today is archaic. We can help companies and organizations worldwide recruit the right talent, save money and architect the right technical talent strategy."
(Editor’s note:YouTube video with Luke Owen regarding the announcement may be viewed here: http://youtu.be/2HDPMQDtAJw )
TrueAbility is currently concluding their closed beta, and are targeting mid Q1 2013 for the public release of their ground-breaking assessment service.