Sacramento Entrepreneur gets funding from Y Combinator
Contact: Elizabeth Jones
(Sacramento) – An artificial intelligence startup company, Humanly, is one of the first tech companies with a presence in Sacramento to receive funding from the prestigious accelerator Y Combinator. The Bay area based Y Combinator helps startups reach their potential, and is responsible for launching more than 2,000 companies worldwide including Airbnb, Doordash and Dropbox. Humanly has already acquired their first 12 customers including Farmers Insurance, the City of Woodland, Swiss Monkey and Armoire.
The founders of Humanly; Andrew Gardner, a Sacramento native; Prem Kumar and Bryan Leptich of Seattle are in the very first phase of launching their company. They are creating artificial intelligence that will streamline hiring practices for human resources departments and elevate the application process for candidates.
Humanly differentiates from other emerging technologies in that they’ve built a chat bot that completes much of the initial manual recruiting tasks like, screening of job seekers, scheduling with hiring managers and follow up with candidates. Humanly also aims to level the playing field by eliminating bias and improving inclusion. Studies prove that the more diverse a company is, the more profitable it is.
“Candidate experience is extremely important for us at Humanly. I think almost everyone can relate to submitting their resume for a job, waiting and waiting, and eventually never hearing back. Our technology actually provides all candidates with answers to their questions, while keeping them updated and included in the screening process,” says Gardner.
Humanly meets candidates where they are and accounts for all kinds of abilities. Most trends in AI hiring wouldn’t be able to accommodate a candidate who was blind, but Humanly is working to change that. Some 72% of candidates who have bad experiences when they apply for a job write about their experience online, and that makes it more difficult for a company to hire attract new talent.
“Everyone deserves a fair chance at defining their future. We are helping people do that – and Y Combinator is going to give us the platform and tools we need to get to scale all parts of our business. We are thrilled that we were chosen to take part in such a prestigious program,” said Kumar.
Y Combinator, provides funding as well as programming and tools to help entrepreneurs succeed. They tailor their services to the need of each startup. That includes helping founders pitch startups to investors, file the proper legal paperwork, creating long term plans and providing an environment for entrepreneurs to refine their product. More than 100 companies have reached more than $150 million in value after working with Y Combinator.
“We’re really excited about what Humanly is doing and their unique approach to automating candidate screening for companies with high applicant volume. It will be fun to watch them,” said Gustaf Alstromer, Partner, Y Combinator.
Humanly has also received funding from Liquid 2 Ventures, a venture fund led by Football Hall of Famer, Joe Montana.
Their platform allows companies that hire for high volume jobs including sales and customer service to screen and schedule candidates at scale. Their software saves hiring managers more than 60 hours per open role on average.
“We’re a fast scaling company and Humanly has literally taken candidate screening and scheduling off our plate,” said Ambika Singh of Armoire.
“Sacramento is the next technology hub and investors see that. Y Combinator’s investment into Humanly speaks to the magnitude of excellence in Greater Sacramento,” says Barry Broom, President and CEO of GSEC.
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Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) was awarded one Gold Rank and two Bronze Ranks in the 2021 Excellence in Economic Development awards. GSEC won two awards related to its #NextOutWest campaign: a Gold Rank in the category of Digital Media for the multichannel marketing and PR campaign and a Bronze Rank in the category of Multimedia/Video Promotion for its campaign video. Finally, the organization was awarded a Bronze Rank in the category of Talent Development and Retention for its Digital Upskill Sacramento program. The honors were presented today at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference.
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