OurCrowd, the world’s largest investment crowdfunding platform, is reporting that the number of job openings at its portfolio companies has risen to 354, with 90 new job vacancies added since the start of April. OurCrowd is based in Israel and 41 of the jobs are located there – but the rest are spread around the world in places like New York, California, Toronto, Spain, and Brazil. Currently, there are 34 openings in New York, more than a dozen in California.
OurCrowd’s portfolio companies stand around 200 early-stage ventures so proportionally the employment needs are pretty solid. OurCrowd’s announcement highlights the importance of fostering entrepreneurship and startups and is a potential path for policymakers to right the economic ship that has been hammered by the Coronavirus. Countries that support innovation and small businesses stand to fare better economically once the COVID-19 dust settles.
“Now that Israel has gone back to work on the downside of the virus curve, entrepreneurs and startups have a huge role to play in getting our nation back to work,” Medved said.
OurCrowd incorporates a job portal on its site called “OurTalent“. New job openings are being added each week. Some of the top recruiters include SixGill BioCatch and Locusview.
OurTalent, OurCrowd’s jobs portal, currently lists 350 vacant positions from within its portfolio companies, with fresh opportunities added each week. Some of the top recruiting companies include SixGill, BioCatch, and Locusview. Startups of all sizes are looking for a range of talent, from bookkeepers to illustrators to full-stack engineers – said Laly David, OurCrowd Partner and head of Business Development.
OurCrowd notes that while global tech giants like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are laying off staff, other startups are providing solutions people need while they are practicing social distancing and WFH (work from home). OurCrowd, a venture investment platform that is big into tech and Med/Biotech – said some of their companies are expanding faster than originally expected due to rising demand.
SixGill is a cyber-intelligence company that analyses and monitors the deep web and dark web, providing threat intelligence for businesses against hackers and cyber-attacks. Hackers and cyber-thugs have taken advantage of the COVID-19 crisis and as one may expect SixGill has seen increased interest in its services.
“SixGill is in an unprecedented momentum of growth,” explained Hadar Hen, SixGill’s human resources director. “We recently closed a fundraising round and we now see it as our national duty to grow out of the crisis and set an example. As cyber intelligence technology leaders, we are looking for talents that will allow us to move on to the next stage of the field’s evolution.”
SixGill is hiring people with a deep knowledge of technology as well as a full-time controller for its accounting and finance department. Hen said new recruits should have a passion for innovation and a range of tech skills. Hen recommended job seekers acquire skills in areas of rising demand like big data and artificial intelligence (AI). “Be prepared for the day after,” said Hen.
LocusView is a company providing a digital platform that collects, validates, and manages new construction data for energy infrastructure. Rony Kaufman, Human Resources Manager at Locusview, said their goal is to help energy utilities build a safer world and prepare for the coming challenges of building smarter energy infrastructure.
“This is a long-distance goal that isn’t removed by COVID19 or its implications. In this sense, we were lucky enough to be part of an essential industry. When COVID19 started we realized that we must give our team as much certainty as possible,” said Kaufman. “We didn’t do any pay cuts and didn’t lay off any of our staff. We understand that now is the time to find the people who want to be part of a team that continues to grow even in times of uncertainty.”