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How a South Florida startup found a match in eHarmony

Chris Daniels, CEO, and Steve Carter are co-founders of Candidate.Guru, a predictive analysis company that matches job candidates with employers by culture fit. Candidate.Guru purchased Elevated Careers by eHarmony this month. It won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge in 2016.
Chris Daniels, CEO, and Steve Carter are co-founders of Candidate.Guru, a predictive analysis company that matches job candidates with employers by culture fit. Candidate.Guru purchased Elevated Careers by eHarmony this month. It won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge in 2016.

It's a match made in startup heaven.

Boca-Raton startup Candidate.Guru, provider of a recruiting technology platform that matches job candidates to employers, has acquired Elevated Careers by eHarmony, an employee engagement, personality and skills matching solution by the dating-software pioneer.

Elevated Careers will deepen Candidate.Guru’s technology holdings and widen its product offerings, Candidate.Guru CEO Chris Daniels said. Terms of the deal were now disclosed, but eHarmony will become a shareholder in the company.

Candidate,Guru, founded in 2014, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help companies better vet and rank their massive candidate pipeline by culture fit and is used by companies in the early part of the recruiting process. Elevated Careers,  founded about three years ago and launched last year, does a deeper analysis internally and externally with an employee engagement solution that assesses how its employees feel about their organization and a candidate-matching feature to determine whether job candidates match up by personality, culture and skills, Daniels said. But eHarmony reportedly found some irreconcilable differences with the human resources industry and put Elevated Careers up for sale earlier this year.   

“With this acquisition, we are gaining cutting-edge employee/job candidate survey and matching technology, the perfect complement to the artificial intelligence technology Candidate.Guru has already developed to predict a culture fit between job candidates and companies,” said Daniels, a former executive recruiter whose company won the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge in 2016.

Candidate.Guru will sell Elevated Careers as a separate product rather than incorporating it into Candidate.Guru's product, at least initially, Daniels said. Dan Erickson, general manager and vice president of Elevated Careers, will join Candidate.Guru and be based in Los Angeles.

Candidate.Guru is a team of eight based at FAU TechRunway. In March, Candidate.Guru received a $300,000 investment from the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, closing out its financing round at $1.1 million, which also included a number of Florida angel groups. The revenue-generating startup has more than 20 corporate customers.

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