This startup just raised $1M for an algorithm to help employers fill engineering jobs

Everywhere you go in the tech industry these days companies are struggling to find smart engineers, designers and developers.

Enter Group Talent. This Seattle/San Fran/NYC startup, which just scored $1 million in seed funding, has developed a matching engine that’s designed to pinpoint the perfect fit for your engineering jobs.

Since Valentine’s Day is in the air, think about it like eHarmony for employees and employers. The company competes again TalentBin and Gild.

“By really focusing on what the talent wants, we’re creating an entirely new category of on-demand staffing for highly-technical and strategically critical roles,” said GroupTalent CEO Manny Medina, a former manager in Microsoft’s Windows Phone division. “Our platform serves employers needs very closely by matching corporate project and hiring managers with local proven technical team members on-demand, filling positions in days that have often been sitting open for months.”

Launched in December 2011, GroupTalent is a graduate of the TechStars Seattle program.  Investors in the most recent round include Menlo Ventures, Founder’s Co-op, Boris Wertz’s VersionOne Ventures and others. Customers include Timbuk2, Midokura and Crowdstrike, with Sven Krasser of Crowdstrike calling it an easy way to find a developer.

I asked Andrew Kinzer of GroupTalent what makes them different than the competition, and here’s what he had to say:

In terms of differentiation, TalentBin and Entelo are tools designed for recruiters and HR managers. They allow their users to run searches across scraped data sets of publicly available talent information, and then reach out to a bunch. The problem is that scraping the limited information floating around in the public sphere and email carpet bombing are increasing the noise faced by talent, as well as their resistance to outreach.
GroupTalent is designed for the talent. We believe the right way to help talent and companies connect is by finding out what developers and designers want and then making it trivially easy to get. Once you do that, you control an entirely new dataset not previously available that can help the market become more efficient. Plus, let’s face it, developers and designers are in control and whoever serves them best will become the resource that employers go to when in need.

Here’s a closer look at the service.