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On Thursday, the hiring software startup Searchlight announced it raised a $2.5 million seed round led by Accel.
Searchlight was founded by twin sisters Kerry and Anna Wang, twin sisters who graduated Stanford last year and went to the famed startup incubator Y Combinator this year. They say that employers would sometimes think that their resumes were just too similar.
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The company provides an alternative way of looking at hiring: Rather than rely so much on the resume, Searchlight puts more focus on helping employers vet a job candidate's references.
This approach can lead to more diverse teams, because an emphasis on the resume can lead employers to go with "the safer hire," the Wang sisters say.
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When applying for internships, Kerry and Anna Wang often had trouble distinguishing themselves from one another.
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Not only are they twin sisters — they both attended Stanford University for their undergraduate and masters degrees, during which time they both interned at Google and at McKinsey & Company, before they both graduated last year.
While they definitely had different experiences — Kerry Wang specialized in computer interaction design, while Anna Wang focused more on AI and machine learning, and the sisters had different jobs at each internship — their resumes ended up looking almost exactly the same. The thing that helped set them apart in the internship application process, the sisters said, was their references.
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With this in mind, they started a company that creates software that makes references a more important part of the hiring process, rather than such a heavy focus on the resume. They believe that this approach can also help companies build a more inclusive and diverse team.
"It really came from us really finding the pain point, which is that the broken interview process that we experienced when we went...
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