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Vendep Invests in Hireinfluence, a Recruiting Platform Utilizing Social Media

Based in Houston, Texas, HireInfluence.com is the first-to-market social media platform designed for companies to identify, analyze and verify job candidates’ influence and networking value. The site also allows consumers using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to leverage their expertise, reach and influence in order to connect with companies who can benefit from their capabilities.

In HireInfluence.com businesses and recruiters are able to search and compare candidates by traditional criteria such as location and industry as well as using such unprecedented search options as ‘minimum number of Twitter followers’ or ‘minimum number of LinkedIn contacts’. The results can then be sorted by the impact these users are likely to have in both B2B and B2C environments. Employers can also gauge and validate a candidate’s value through statistics that reveal interaction, involvement, acceptance and even validity within the network.

“Influence measuring tools such as Klout and Kred are getting more and more popular. Several major companies like Disney, GM and Nike have already realized the impact these statistics can have, and have centered effective campaigns around them. HireInfluence.com allows employers and job candidates to do the same. It tells you much more than a traditional written resume reveals: how well connected the candidates are and how influential they are on a specific topic or field,” explains Jason Pampell, CEO and Co-Founder of HireInfluence, Inc.

“HireInfluence.com is an excellent example of a unique online service utilizing the various opportunities offered by social media. The entrepreneurs have extensive experience in the field and a clear vision, whereas Vendep provided the technical architecture and software resources,” says Jupe Arala, Senior Partner at Vendep.

Further information
Jason Pampell, CEO and Co-Founder, HireInfluence, Inc., jason@hireinfluence.com
Jupe Arala, Senior Partner, Vendep Oy, +358 40 564 9730, jupe.arala@vendep.com

About HireInfluence
HireInfluence aims to become the standard in social recruiting. It brings networking experts together with companies that would like to use their services full time or for contract promotional projects. The site was designed by Jason Pampell, a technical entrepreneur and brand strategist.To learn more about HireInfluence, visit www.hireinfluence.com. hireinfluence.com

Vendep in brief
Vendep is a start-up accelerator and seed investor. We provide start-ups with hands-on experience in innovative online services to achieve rapid growth and success internationally. Together with the entrepreneurs we develop business models for products and services, acquire new customers and raise funding during an acceleration period of 6 to 24 months. Currently our portfolio consists of companies both in Finland and in Silicon Valley. www.vendep.com

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