EDISON, New Jersey / May 9, 2012—The iTalent Competition at the HRO Today Forum, sponsored by Oracle in cooperation with the StartUp America Partnership, has chosen HR technology startup The Good Jobs as its 2012 winner. The Good Jobs beat out four other finalists for the top spot on May 2 during the HRO Today Forum & Workforce Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Good Jobs was founded and funded by Anne Grace Nimke and Betsy Rowbottom, based in Milwaukee. The company has spent the last year developing a website that will match companies and employees by using proprietary “badges” like flexible scheduling, opportunities for professional growth, and commitment to the planet. Nimke and Rowbottom plan to launch The Good Jobs this summer and are looking for charter customers now.
“The Good Jobs is thrilled to be selected as 2012’s Innovative Tech Product of the Year!” said Nimke. “Thank you to all of the judges, HRO Today Forum, iTalent, Oracle and Startup America Partnership for their participation and support. We agree with Scott Case, founder of Startup America Partnership, who said `Startups rely upon feedback and validation from the whole business community.'”
The Good Jobs was one of five diverse startups, selected from nearly 30 entries, that gave 10-minute presentations to a judging panel of HR and recruiting practitioners, analysts and technology investors. Judges included:
-Bill Filip, Delancey Street Partners and well-known HR venture investor
-Yvette Cameron, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research
-Madeline Laurano, Research Director, Talent Acquisition Solutions at Aberdeen Group
-Brent Skinner, President & Chief Executive Officer of STETrevisions
-Mike Schnoll, Senior Director, BPO Program, Oracle
-Susan Strayer, Head of Talent Strategy at Evviva Brands
-Alan Bugler, Vice-President at CHILDS Advisory Partners
-Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, HR Technology and Workplace Strategist
“This is the most innovative time I have seen for HR Technology,” said Filip. “There are some game-changing innovation occurring. These companies presenting today at the HRO Today Forum are great examples of this.”
The Good Jobs will receive a number of promotional benefits, including face-time with the judging panel including investors, one-on-one meetings with attending HR executives, a feature article in HRO Today magazine promoting their innovative technology, and a free ad in an upcoming issue of HRO Today magazine.
The other iTalent Competition finalists were:
• Kapta Systems, Inc.
• JobEscrow, Inc.
“The HR technology field is one of the hottest industries,” said Miller-Merrell. “The iTalent Competition helps to expose innovators and entrepreneurs in the space to industry thought leaders and organizational HR leaders to help continue to drive the innovation. It’s an exciting time to work in the field of human resources.”
“We were pleased to once again offer HR entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their products and services before a group of peers and industry experts,” said Elliot Clark, Chief Executive Officer of SharedXpertise and creator of the HRO Today Forum. “The iTalent Competition provides an important platform for innovative thinkers to get the recognition, feedback and support they need to power the next wave of technology that will transform HR.”
About the HRO Today Forum (www.HROTodayForum.com)
The HRO Today Forum brings together the former HRO, MSP, and RPO Summits along with the HR Demo Show to attract HR Executives to engage with Providers, Government and NGOs to make an impact on the current workforce issues. Through a highly interactive setting, the Forum provides the big picture, dynamic dialog, and deep dives on the issues surrounding how HR Officers operate the Global Business of HR.
SharedXpertise is the leader in providing media, summits and forums that develop professional practices in the areas of corporate responsibility, human resources and financial management. Its media offerings include print and online publications; its summits are conferences and its forums offer association membership programs. SharedXpertise serves strategy-level corporate executives in the human resources, finance, compliance and sustainability professions in North America, Europe and Asia.
Heath Davis Havlick
Fisher Vista for SharedExpertise